‘The Batman,’ starring Robert Pattinson, is a riveting new action film

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'The Batman'
'The Batman.' Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

“The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, is a superb new superhero film (based on the DC Comics), which was directed by Matt Reeves. 

It is a fresh, badass, and cynical take on the Caped Crusader, and it is not overdone. Matt Reeves co-wrote the vivacious screenplay with Peter Craig. There will be hidden agendas and looks can be deceiving. 

In this new blockbuster, Bruce Wayne ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis. 

There are a few high-adrenaline scenes and several fight sequences, but the eerie mood is fueled by the search for justice. Brue Wayne is still able to build and foster relationships with the city authorities.  When the Gotham Police Department can’t solve a crime, the public can always depend on its Caped Defender. 

Batman’s roots, key characteristics, and values have remained consistent over the decades (since he will always be at odds with his nemeses). In this movie, the main villain is “The Riddler” (played by Paul Dano), who plays him in a controlled, sociopathic and vindictive manner.

Even with his own anger issues, Pattison portrays Bruce Wayne as a melancholic young man that is carrying the weight of Gotham City on his shoulders as he fights for justice and peace. His main goal is to keep his superhero personality concealed. 

Emmy winner Andy Serkis (“The Letter for the King”) is delightful as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s loyal and tireless butler, as well as his confidant and best friend. 

Zoe Kravitz plays “Catwoman” as a cat burglar and a seductive vixen yet she lacks the charm and conviction that Michelle Pfeiffer invested in the Catwoman character (where Pfeiffer’s portrayal was sheer excellence). Colin Farrell is transformative as Penguin. 

Particularly impressive about this movie is that it doesn’t retell the original Batman story for yet another time. There is a rawness and authenticity to this film noir. 

The Verdict 

Overall, “The Batman” is a solid and dark film about the Caped Crusader and crime fighter of Gotham City. Robert Pattinson is able to prove all of his naysayers wrong (especially those that didn’t think he could make a good Batman), since he is able to embody the character from the opening scene.

Pattinson is not afraid to be raw and vulnerable in the role, especially as he highlights his character’s inner struggles and battles from within (when he is unsure of his purpose in the world or his secret identity). The acting performances are strong and it comes with a stirring original score.  “The Batman” is filled with several complex twists and turns that will keep viewers at the edge of their seats. It garners two thumbs up.