Even with 3 hours of screentime, The Batman brought nothing new to the table

Shachi Lavingia
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The Batman

After having watched Christopher Nolan's Batman series, it's terribly hard not to compare those with Matt Reeves' version with Robert Pattinson as Batman and Bruce Wayne.

I've been a DC comics fan for longer than I can remember, simply because its movies portray life as we know it without romanticizing it. We have heroes with emotional baggage that leaves them scarred for life, villains who reflect the very society we live in, and hope at the front and center of it all. While The Batman had everything you'd expect from a DC comics film, it wasn't quite as captivating as its predecessors.

With sleek hair that's perpetually on his face and black spots that you only wish were dark circles, Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/ Batman didn't cut it for me. Besides the fact that the 2022 version of The Batman had nothing new to say, quite literally, Matt Reeves' Batman came across as a lot more tired and sad than Christopher Nolan's Batman ever did, in spite of showing Batman as a relatively new vigilante who's been around for "two years of nights". Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman is portrayed as a cat burglar with a few tricks up her sleeve instead of the mastermind that she really is. Jeffrey Wright as Lt. James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred make you miss Gary Oldman and Michael Caine's brilliant performance in Nolan's Batman series.

This incredibly long movie circles around Commissioner Gordon and Batman trying to solve The Riddler's riddles to prevent one more corrupt person from being brutally murdered.

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While the characters and the storyline are dark, I didn't expect the entire visual experience to be. What seems to be a rerun of all Batman movies so far, Reeves' version gives us heroes and supporting characters who are raw, impulsive, and a lot more human, hence easier to relate to. But people are also portrayed as either good or bad in this one, leaving absolutely no room for grey. Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy isn't portrayed as one here and has very little screen time which doesn't work for me because Batman as a superhero doesn't hold the same appeal without Bruce Wayne and a plot that was based entirely on his family history needed his presence.

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