The Batman – it might not be LEGO Batman but it is a damn good Batman

USA, 2022 | 177′ | FSK 12 | Action | 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

OT: The Batman
Regie: Matt Reeves
Mit: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell

Okay, this was amazing. Have I ever seen Robert Pattinson in anything but Twilight? No. Was I reminded of Edward Cullen even once while watching The Batman? Thankfully also no, not a single time. While I have watched some Batman movies before, the only one I really remember is the LEGO Batman movie and while it was and is amazing, it obviously isn’t all that well suited to be compared to The Batman. But I have to admit, I liked this newest Batman incarnation almost as much as the LEGO one.

Continuing the realistic approach of Nolan’s Batman, TB delivers a dark and twisted detective noir story which is quite long but plays to the strength of its original and has great sound design and cinematography. Should be watched in cinemas or with equally bombastic sound.

My brother, who insists that I have watched multiple Batman movies with him – I have no memories of that

Reeves‘ The Batman is as long as it is brilliant (so very much so), with absolutely stunning visuals and such an amazing audio that I am afraid normal home setups will not be able to do this movie any justice. Basically all the actors did outstanding jobs, Pattinson as depressed vigilante who can’t really be bothered with the socialite billionare side of his persona resonated with me a lot more than what I remember of other Batman incarnations I’ve seen. It’s dark and gritty, focusing on the twisted grief and desperation driving Batman and touches on the Bruce Wayne side of things only in passing.

It was epic. Dark, gritty, yet still not too heavy to weigh me down.

Henrike, who didn’t even need an emotional support cactus to survive the movie

And while Pattinson, playing the titular comic book legend, is obviously at the center of this movie, the other characters were just as brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a version of Catwoman I liked but Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle is just perfect. Honestly, I loved the entire movie and didn’t even mind that it lasted almost three hours. If you are even remotely interested in darker comic book movies, in detective noir stories and the like, go and see The Batman, preferably while it is still in cinemas so you can really enjoy the experience in all its glory.

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