Listen now | This film is fascinating to me on so many levels. You have seen writing on the movie. It’s a film noir detective piece that happens to be set in Gotham City, as designed by Ridley Scott and Gaspar Noe (credit to Lawrence G. Paull and Alain Juteau, their Production Designers). The Dick in this one wears a mask. The Dame in this one wears a pussy hat. And the bad guy is in the way of the bad guys in the city that The Dick isn’t really proud to be protecting.
I’m a fan of batman movies as a genre. It was nice to get this version, maybe I do need to watch it a few times to appreciate. I think it would have helped if I could understand going in what I was watching. Is this a stand alone piece, does it die in to other DC movies? The lack of context was annoying as I was watching. But as a standalone, not a bad way to spend 3 hours.
"The Batman" review: (no spoilers)
I thought it was actually really great. Probably the most comic accurate version we've seen. There were some political undertones that I could have lived without, but they were fairly limited, and they didn't hurt the experience for me enough to matter.
Robert Pattinson was surprisingly good as Batman... Some of the other characters were probably the best adaptations I've ever seen of them... I think Colin Farrell and Zoe Kravitz blew away Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer as penguin and Catwoman (and I'm actually a big Batman returns fan, so I don't say that lightly).
The dude playing Gordon was really good too, maybe not better than Gary Oldman from an acting perspective, but I think I preferred this version of the character... and the dynamic between Gordan and Batman in this movie was probably the best we've ever seen.
This was the 1st Batman movie to really go for the noir detective vibe, and I thought they did a great job with it.
The action/fight scenes were the best ever in a Batman movie... and it's not close.
This also felt like the most fleshed out version of the Batman universe/Gotham city we've even seen as well... one thing that basically every other Batman franchise has done, is they've made Gotham out to be essentially a normal city with a crime problem... then Batman becomes a thing... then one by one each villain becomes a thing. So, it doesn't really feel like the Batman universe is ever fully fleshed out like it does in the comics, the animated series, or even the Arkham games... in which all these characters exist already in the city and we're just introduced to them as they become relevant.
This movie was very different in that regard, I get the feeling that every Batman character is already actively a part of Gotham, and as the franchise moves forward we'll become aware of them when the time is right... I don't think they're all going to have a contrived origin story that introduces them to the city conveniently after their predecessor has been dealt with.
It's hard to rank any Batman movie over The Dark Knight simply because it's going to be so difficult for anyone to ever top Heath ledger's performance as joker, but you take that out... then particularly from a story perspective... this movie is in the conversation for the best Batman movie of all time. (Batman '89 will probably always be my personal favorite, but I'm trying to be objective 😏).
I gave this movie 4.8/5 stars. I highly recommend it.