Thoughts on Matt Reeves’ The Batman (2022)

It’s not just a call… It’s a warning.

I continued watching The Batman after viewing The Suicide Squad (2021) on HBO Go (2022). I’ll tell you now, though. This is The Batman I grew up watching with my grandfather. This shows Batman as a detective, almost in a noir style. 🦇

The Batman

The vigilante detective of Gotham City and his alter persona, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne, are both played by Robert Pattinson in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, who co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig.

After Ben Affleck was chosen to play Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) in 2013, production got underway. Affleck agreed to act, produce, co-write, and direct The Batman but shelved the project due to his qualms. Reeves took over and changed the plot, cutting out any references to the DCEU. He drew influence from the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the New Hollywood era, as well as comics like Year One (1987), The Long Halloween (1996–97), and Ego to explore Batman’s detective side more than in prior films (2000).

So this is how the story went. Batman, who has been battling crime in Gotham City for two years, discovers corruption while hunting the Riddler (Dano), a serial killer who preys on Gotham’s elite.

The Animated & The Live-Action

If you appreciate Batman: The Animated Series, which has four seasons and was released in 1992, then you understand why I said that in my introduction.

There were 85 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that were first broadcast on Fox Kids between September 5, 1992, and September 15, 1995. However, I did watch it every Friday night in Studio 23. This was an ABS-CBN Corporation-owned Filipino television network.

In comparison to earlier superhero cartoons, the series’ darker tone and thematic intricacy, as well as its artistic presentation, film noir aesthetics, voice acting, orchestrated soundtrack, and modernisation of its title character, were all lauded.

Even though I was a very little child, I had a fantastic time watching this Batman. Why? I observed how intelligent and devoted he was despite his wealth and abundance of technology. I can see his loneliness as he makes an effort to numb the trauma and sorrow. Bruce Wayne however slowly transformed the suffering into a scorching fuel. And after observing the widespread crime and corruption in Gotham City, he decided to combat the crime wave there with his own unique method.

Despite his flaws, Bruce Wayne is an inspiration. Even though it was just a kid’s animated show or cartoon, that stuck with me. So that’s why I’m not particularly impressed with any Batman movies. With The Batman (2022), it’s the complete opposite.

The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, the World’s Greatest Detective, and the Defender of Gotham are just a few of the titles that Batman is known by. The Batman (2022) film possesses all of these characters including the Batman from the 90s animated series.

This Batman, in my opinion, is the one we’ve been waiting for. There have been several actors and stories, but there has never been a Batman like this. Additionally, it’s fascinating to see him detect psychological patterns in others, which guides him in solving the clues. Plus, there is undoubtedly a lot of crime-fighting action with a few gags that fit in nicely.

The story is also just so beautifully constructed. It’s worth mentioning that the actors are perfect for the roles. Whether you hate him or not, you must also acknowledge Robert Pattinson’s talent. He performed exceptionally well! He and Matt Reeves working together is something I’m really looking forward to. 10/10

Watch The Batman (2022) on HBO Go if you haven’t already!


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