On Saturday night, Prime and I managed to catch a showing of The Batman. I do have some thoughts on it, but there will be spoilers so if you don’t want to know, don’t go past the jump. Everyone else? Let’s get this party started!
-Robert Pattinson is a damn good Bruce Wayne/Batman. He’s quietly and righteously angry and sees most people in a negative light. He pretty much is vengeance personified and damn frightening at times. Here’s hoping he stays with this role for a while; I want to see this Bruce Wayne’s development.
-Selina Kyle/Catwoman was fantastic, but a bit underutilized. We had entire stretches of the story without her and I felt like the story stumbled a bit when she wasn’t there. I want her to get her own film; do it right this time, Warner Brothers!
-John Turturro is Falcone, a mobster, a slime ball and an absolutely worse character than Seymour Simmons in 2007’s Transformers. Seriously, this guy can play one helluva creep. Mad props to him.
-The revelation of The Riddler was damn near perfect. Basically, he’s just a doughy white guy who thinks he has all the answers and he’s privy to super secret information. His entire “movement” felt like QAnon and one of his followers had the handle of “HoldTheLine”, which was a common phrase used among QAnon believers. Basically, he looked like almost every school shooter we’ve seen on the news.
-One major problem: when we find out that Thomas Wayne wasn’t perfect and he had some nasty shit in his closet, Alfred gives Bruce (and us) the “He was a good guy, but he made a mistake” speech. I’m sorry, but no. Thomas Wayne made a choice, albeit a shitty one, that ended with someone murdered as well as he and his wife losing their lives later. Granted, he seemed to be willing to correct what he had done, but he made a shit choice to start with and that’s on him. Stop pulling the “He made a mistake” garbage. No, he made his decision and the consequences cost him severely. Own that shit. Stop sugarcoating it.
-Another nitpick: it felt like we had multiple climaxes, which made the movie feel longer than necessary. Granted, I understand what they were going for–pieces of the puzzle–but it almost felt like padding. When we get to the actual conclusion and finally here Riddler’s master plan, it feels a tad bit out of place. Maybe that could have been handled a bit differently and things might have gone a bit more smoothly.
-We had some usage of “Ave Maria” during the film but they missed a great opportunity with it; during Penguin’s car crash, they really should have had that playing as background music. Just because it would have been a minor mind fuck.
-I loved hearing “Something In the Way” from Nirvana. It felt very fitting and added to the mood.
-The new Batmobile is the single most awesome thing I have ever seen. I want more.
-This is a very solid film, not perfect by any means, but solid. As to comparisons with the MCU, I won’t get into that. Those are two very different universes with very different strengths and weaknesses. But it’s a good movie and worth the money.
All in all, I recommend seeing this one. It’s got good action and has a very good lead in Robert Pattinson, who brings a lot of weight and low level anger to the Batman. The film does end on a more hopeful note, so we’re probably going to see some good character development in any future instalments and I really feel that Pattinson will nail it. He’s come a long way from being a sparkly vampire and it shows. Go check this out the moment you can.