As a huge fan of Batman, I was very excited back when this movie was first announced with Ben Affleck directing and starring. Things changed quickly when he dropped out of directing and was replaced with Matt Reeves and Ben returning as Batman. Then in a quick turn, Ben dropped out of staring which allowed Matt to direct his version of Batman. And what Matt delivered was a spectacular masterpiece.
The Batman has themes from movies such as Chinatown, Seven, and Zodiac all rolled into one. Matt took heavy influences from multiple comic books such as Year One, The Long Halloween, and Earth one. The Batman is visually astonishing and something fresh that most comic fans have been yearning for.
Robert Pattinson killed it as Batman, not so much as Bruce Wayne (we will talk more about that on our podcast review). Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Jeffery Wright (James Gordon) and John Turturro (Carmine Falcone) all turn in outstanding performances. In my mind, both Paul Dano (Riddler) and Colin Farrell (Penguin) stole the movie. I am excited we will see more of Colin as OZ on his HBO Max spin off series.
That Batman is smart, thrilling, engaging, and entertaining ride through a Gotham City that I hope to see revisited many more times. Make sure to see it on the big screen before it goes to HBO Max on April 19.
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