the batman is finally hitting theaters this month after years of delays due to the covid-19 pandemic. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film is set to give us a more moody and edgy Batman played by Robert Pattinson. this marks his first appearance as the caped crusader, an inspired casting choice sure to cause a sensation. he too is donning the hood like christian bale and ben affleck on the big screen (no pressure). the film promises a unique take on a character that has been adapted through different mediums. After decades of popular comic book runs, TV shows (both live-action and animated), and movies, how do you deliver a new version of the dark knight? Judging by the teasers, trailers, and early reviews, Reeves has managed to exceed expectations.
the batman, which also stars zoë kravitz as selena kyle aka catwoman and jeffery wright as lt. James Gordon, Paul Dano’s The Riddler, Colin Farrell’s Penguin and John Turturro’s Carmine Falcone has an extensive running time of almost 3 hours, it is also rated ‘R’ for violence and nudity. A lot has been said about the movie since it was first announced, but here’s an easy guide to watch before you head to theaters to see it:
first, the batman plot has no ties to the existing dceu. this is what it’s all about:
batman is not expected to be part of the dc extended universe. The film marks a solo season for Robert Pattinson’s highly anticipated Batman. Director Matt Reeves has made it clear time and time again that he wants no confusion with the existing movie’s verse or any link to the Justice League. Instead, the film focuses on a young Bruce Wayne, a first for big-screen iterations of the comic book character. follows Pattinson’s brooding Bruce, a far cry from the playboy persona of his that most movies capitalize on, in his early years as a vigilante in Gotham City. The plot also establishes the origin story of Kravitz’s cat lady.
How many villains does Robert Pattinson’s Batman face?
while most batman needs a joker, the creators of batman have not confirmed the appearance of the clown prince of crime. The film highlights three great DC villains: the Riddler, the Penguin, and the Carmine Falcon. Gotham’s main baddie in the movie is Dano’s terrifying riddler. The character hasn’t garnered enough attention in movies save for Jim Carrey’s portrayal in Batman Forever. now, we get to see him take on the bat with all the riddles of him and from the looks of it, he becomes a dangerous foe with a bone to pick with the waynes. Colin Farrell’s unrecognizable Penguin will likely appear in the crime-ridden underbelly of Gotham. We’ve already seen a quick chase sequence featuring him in the trailers, so it will be interesting to see where that leads. Another intriguing addition is Turturro’s Carmine Falcon, who is one of the least used villains of the lot. In Joker’s absence, Batman is sure to have his hands full. It also raises the question of whether or not Batman will ultimately break his no-kill rule.
batman is not your typical larger-than-life superhero movie. is a detective mystery for the world’s greatest detective.
While the Bats’ fancy technology is an advantage, one of Batman’s greatest strengths is his intelligence. As a young Dark Knight, the new Batman will likely be seen solving his first few cases. a significant portion of the film is about him using his detective skills in a more grounded and realistic way than ever before. Not to say the movie doesn’t show off his fancy stunts and action sequences, but there’s a lot more old-fashioned police work involved with him chasing down a serial killer. Matt Reeves has revealed that the Zodiac Killer was an inspiration for developing the riddle. David fincher’s zodiac and se7en also come to mind, which is more like the vibe of the movie than the superhero movies we’ve seen before.
In case you’re wondering what to read before release, the film draws inspiration from ‘batman: year one’ and ‘batman: the long halloween,’ among other comic runs.
matt reeves has shared that he has read “year one”, but has been quoted as saying that “the long halloween” is an essential influence on the film’s plot in various interviews. This popular comic directed by Jeff Loeb gave him the idea to turn the movie into a serial killer mystery. meanwhile, “year one” has been mentioned in a movie before, so many of the pages will be familiar even to first-time readers. Considering the movie is set in Bruce’s first two years of dispensing vigilante justice, going back to this title, which is known for a similarly realistic take on the movie, makes it well worth a read.
Does batman have a post-credits scene?
now, the most important question: should one hold on to their seats after the climax of the film? well, batman doesn’t technically have a post-credits scene. but it does have a short sneak peek, a twinkling easter egg that may or may not lead to anything substantial. so make of that what you want.
intrigued? Here’s a spoiler-free review of the movie:
‘The Batman’ Review: The Neo-Noir Detective Thriller Directed By Robert Pattinson Is Here To Reinvent The Dark Knight
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