Robert Pattinson steps into the role of the Caped Crusader who joins forces with officer Jim Gordon and Selina Kyle to solve a string of murders by The Riddler.
Easily one of the most anticipated films of 2022, The Batman delivers when it comes to storyline, drama, and acting. Those expecting something outstanding will be a bit disappointed.
Being familiar with director Matt Reeves' earlier works made me prepare myself for a film that would focus more on the plot than other aspects like action, stunts, and special effects. While this is a good thing, it is not enough when it comes to the superhero genre.
I won't delve into the story as fans of the Dark Knight know basically what it entails. Be that as it may, the plot progression is commendable and the bits and pieces fit in realistically, with a unique twist at the end.
Robert Pattinson is convincing as the nocturnal superhero; there is charisma, poise, and even the scowling behind the mask. But as Bruce Wayne, he doesn't impress much.
Zoe Kravitz equally shines as Selina Kyle/Catwoman but I feel she was underutilized. Her chemistry with Pattinson is smothering but her character isn't given much to work with.
Jeffrey Wright is a talented actor who plays Detective Jim Gordon well but doesn't really bring anything new to the role.
As Alfred Pennyworth, Andy Serkis is more of a grumpy foster dad/mentor than the capable butler I expected him to be.
I enjoyed the score as I feel it was well-suited for the film, especially in the scenes where the eponymous character shows up.
Also, this is where Batman really puts his detective skills to work. The way he unravels the mysteries behind the riddles and murders is portrayed in a way never before seen onscreen.
While this is definitely not the best Batman film, it does manage to stir something more positive than what we saw with Ben Affleck's previous outings.