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The Batman (2022)


Released:  Friday, March 4, 2022  
Length:  166 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: The Batman is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

The Batman Synopsis

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Batman ventures into Gotham City's underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator's plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

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The Batman to Premier on HBO Max on April 18  4/11/2022 1:15 PM EST
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HBO Max has officially ordered "The Batman" spinoff series based on the Penguin character. Collin Farrell will reprise his role as Oswald Cobblepot, who was featured in the film. He commented on the news, saying, "The world that Matt Reeves created for ‘The Batman' is one that warrants a deeper gaze through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot. I couldn't be more excited about continuing this exploration ...  More>>

THE BATMAN Is Coming Out This Week… Win FANDANGO Tickets!  2/28/2022 9:50 AM EST
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The Batman Theme Music Revealed by Composer  1/21/2022 3:23 PM EST
Composer Michael Giacchino has released the theme for The Batman, which will hit theatres on March 4.The music has dark and moody undertones, which is, of course, fitting for the Caped Crusader. The theme can be found on most streaming platforms.The film stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as...  More>>

The Batman Runtime is Released  1/20/2022 4:50 PM EST
The official runtime for "The Batman" has been announced, so settle in for a while. The film, not including the credits, will be two hours and 47 minutes, making it one of the longest-running comic-themed films ever.Robert Pattinson stars in the film, alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell."The Batman" lands in theaters on M...  More>>

Largest Batman Franchise Merchandising Campaign in a Decade Laun...  1/10/2022 3:08 PM EST
WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences has announced that they are launching a new "The Batman" lifestyle merchandise collection, which allows fans to channel Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle like never before.Today, the largest collection of Batman film products in over a decade has been revealed with premier partners worldwide launching "The Batman" fashion, accessories, beauty pro...  More>>

Penguin Spinoff Series Reportedly in Development for HBO Max  9/14/2021 2:38 PM EST
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Production Resumes on The Batman  9/18/2020 2:33 PM EST
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Robert Pattinson Tests Positive for Coronavirus  9/3/2020 3:00 PM EST
Robert Pattinson, star of upcoming film "The Batman", has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Production has now halted on the film.According to a statement given to Vanity Fair, Warner Bros. said, "A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused." The studio hasn't confirmed th...  More>>

HBO Max Announces New Batman Series  7/12/2020 8:32 AM EST
HBO Max has announced that it has given the green light for a new "Batman" series. The series will be set in Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman" universe."This is an amazing opportunity. Not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford-and getting to work with the incredibly talented Teren...  More>>

Michael Keaton in Talks to Reprise Batman Role  6/22/2020 3:29 PM EST
Word around town is that Michael Keaton may be reprising his role as Batman. The actor is currently in talks to star in the Warner Bros.'s DC movie The Flash.Keaton played the iconic superhero in 1989's Batman and again in 1992's Batman Returns. He turned out to be a fan favorite, even though many initially doubted his ability to play the debonair caped crusader. It's also being said that these ta...  More>>

The Batman Theatrical Review

The Batman Theatrical Review

On March 30, 2022, Batman will be eighty-three years old, and I must admit he looks pretty good for a senior citizen.  Of course, Like most of us, he has changed and evolved over time, originally starting out as a character in a comic book, then on the television, feature films, and even animated films and TV shows. Numerous actors have portrayed the masked vigilante and there is often a debate over which one did the best job. This month, another thespian; glistening, vampire Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson (Tenet), throws his hat into the ring as he takes on the title character in Warner Bros., The Batman.

For the last two years, billionaire Bruce Wayne (Pattinson) has been fighting crime at night as a masked avenger. “The Batman”, while creating fear, hasn’t been able to make a big dent in cleaning up the streets of Gotham.  When the Mayor is murdered it seems the criminal is targeting influential Gotham citizens, and leaving clues behind, specifically for the batman.  As the deaths and clues keep mounting, “The Riddler” (Paul Dano; There Will Be Blood) has most running scared.  Complicating matters is a burglar named Selena Kyle (Zoë Kravitz; Kimi) a.k.a. “Catwoman” who gets caught up with Batman and the Riddler while trying to locate her friend.

Director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) brings his signature look and feel to The Batman.  Like his previous work, Gotham has a gloomy haze enveloping it giving an ominous feeling of well-deserved dread and foreboding.   He sets the mood and tone of the film from the opening frames and keeps it building throughout.  While he could have cut off about twenty minutes of footage, the movie doesn’t tend to drag as the plot keeps the viewer engaged throughout the almost three-hour running time.

The was a ton of chatter, both good and bad when Pattinson was cast in the lead role, but he proves the naysayers wrong.  He is in an emotionally dark place giving Batman a hard edge and practical nature as opposed to being sympathetic.  He also doesn’t have the muscular build that past actors had, and they had to bulk up the Bat-suit to make it seem as if he was very muscular.  I also felt he looked too “grunge” as Bruce Wayne.  He seems like a teenager as opposed to a full-grown adult with money and power at his disposal.  It is safe to say, some viewers will love his portrayal while others will immediately scoff having made up their minds when he was announced almost three years ago.

Kravitz is well cast as she exudes the toughness of Catwoman but still offers a vulnerable underbelly.  She and Pattinson have terrific chemistry and the sexual tension between the two actors is palpable. Dano is quirky yet deranged as Riddler and his boyish, innocent-looking face belies the madness bubbling beneath the surface.  Colin Farrell (In Bruges) is unrecognizable as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin.  Between the costume, makeup, and his portrayal of the gangster, I didn’t realize that was him. Supporting cast members Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and John Turturro (Barton Fink) help round out the cast beautifully.

Die Hard Batman fans may be skeptical about Pattinson, but he does an excellent job as the caped crusader; less so as Bruce Wayne but luckily, we see more of the former than the latter.  The dark and twisted nature of the story, combined with Reeves' direction and Pattinson’s interpretation makes this Batman movie one that will appeal to the masses while paying homage to the spirit of the vigilante dressed as a bat.

Grade: B+


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