Review: The Batman

Seiya Mutreja, Staff Reporter

“The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, released to theaters on Friday, Mar. 4, 2022. Despite the disappointment that came with the delay of the movie, as it was originally intended to be released in 2021, the 200 million dollar production had theaters filling to the last seat.

“The Batman” (2022) is a little different compared to previous DC movies, bearing a closer resemblance to 80s crime thrillers than the action packed DC movies. In the movie, Batman, played by Robert Pattinson, gets involved in a cryptic case that bears an ominous resemblance to his childhood situation. As evidence piles up, the case keeps leading closer to home. He has to forge new relationships and dig up past secrets to work towards his goal of justice in Gotham City. With mysteries andriddles, audiences were at the edge of their seats.

Pattinson’s performance as the Batman, a composed and analytical dark force working to bring justice, was emphasized by the performance of Paulo Dano as the unhinged antagonist, The Riddler. Similar to other movies Reeves has directed, the movie is an entertaining, action packed film grounded in emotional situations.

In addition to the tremendous cast and gripping plot, the movie had many beautiful shots that symbolized a shift in DC themes. With brighter shots and recurring themes of hope, the movie deviated from the usual darkness associated with DC films–a welcome change. The shift is reinforced with Batman’s final monologue about Gotham City’s need for hope. The ending of the movie sets the stage for a sequel introducing, or rather reintroducing, a villain into the DC universe. 

Overall, Batman was a gripping and entertaining film. While most believe it was unable to knock the Dark Knight off its perch, it definitely came close.