The Batman (Spoiler Free Review)

Everyone who knows me knows how much I was looking forward to The Batman. I’ve seen every single Batman movie during its theatrical release since Tim Burton’s OG Batman in the summer of ’89, so my expectations for this were extremely high, and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

I purposely avoided trailers and tv spots for The Batman leading up to it, so I went in only seeing the original trailer that was released, just to keep some element of surprise. Man, was it worth it. Here I’m going to break down the 3 things that stood out to me during this movie, so I keep it spoiler free for all of our readers still waiting to enjoy it.

Gotham City

The Batman takes place over a long Halloween weekend, and it follows Bruce Wayne during that chaotic weekend in Gotham. Matt Reeves and The Batman cinematographer Greig Fraser, created a Gotham that was unlike any Gotham we’ve seen before, yet somehow one that felt familiar. The duo used London and Chicago to give Gotham its unique-yet-Nolan like familiarity to the city.

The Cast

We all had our doubts about Edward Cullen playing Batman/Bruce Wayne, but anyone that’s been paying attention along the way shouldn’t have. From The Lighthouse to Good Times, RPatz has the chops to hang with the big boys when it comes to Batman. This version of the Caped Crusader is now my favorite.

Batman couldn’t have carried this movie alone though. Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, and Colin Ferrell all play their parts very well, along with John Turturro and friend of the Tainted Glove, Jeffrey Wright. We’ve known about Dano for awhile, but he really plays the “John Doe” Batman version here perfectly. He’s creepy and unsettling. The chemistry between Kravitz and Pattinson is off the charts even more so in my opinion than Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Keaton.

The Music

Michael Giacchino composed the score for The Batman, and, let me say, it’s almost as good as Hans Zimmer’s work on the Nolan trilogy. The way score is used to foreshadow what’s about to happen is executed perfectly. Second, the use of “Something in The Way” by Nirvana was a brilliant move. I’ve never really been a huge Nirvana fan, but, after hearing this song in this movie, I’ve gone back and revisited their catalog.

This really was my favorite Batman movie experience. They all have a special place for me, but this version is the best version of Batman that I’ve seen yet. I’m excited to see what they have in store for us with Bruce Wayne’s character in the movies to come. Hopefully, DC/Warner now understands how important it is to hire someone who loves the source material to write their tentpole movies. I give The Batman a solid 4.75 out of 5 ranking, and conclude this with my ranking of Batman movies (live action):

  1. The Batman 2022
  2. The Dark Knight 2008
  3. Batman 1989
  4. Batman Returns 1992
  5. Batman Begins 2005
  6. The Dark Knight Rises 2012
  7. Batman Forever 1995
  8. Batman Vs Superman 2016
  9. Batman and Robin 1997

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