February 28, 2022
By: Logan Wischmeier | February 28th, 2022

My most anticipated film of 2022 is here, and I am incredibly happy to announce that it did not disappoint! The Batman is the best Batman movie ever made! The writing is top-notch, performances are sold incredibly well by its’ cast, and Matt Reeves’ direction is just fantastic. This review will include no spoilers from the film!

The Batman is a brand-new adaptation of the caped crusader, this time coming from Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson. Unlike previous outings, this Batman is in just year 2 of his endeavor, still trying to figure out who he wants to be and what Gotham needs him to be. Pattinson’s take on the character is a recluse, who believes The Batman is who he truly is, and Bruce Wayne is the mask he must wear. His performance is troubled, but also powerful and determined. The story driven by this film is deeply personal to almost every character involved, especially Bruce Wayne. He’s the heart of this film and Pattinson does an incredible job.

The Riddler is the villain, but a much different version than the Jim Carrey version you may remember! This time, while still in his simplest form is a crazy man who loves riddles, in reality he is incredibly complex and absolutely terrifying. Inspired by the Zodiac killer and other psychopathic serial killers, he’s outsmarting our characters at every turn. I also love the added inspiration of modern-day technology to his character. Utilizing cell phone video calls and the internet to help take his plans to the next level is something we’ve never seen like this on the big screen.

This film introduces us to a new Catwoman, played by ZoĆ« Kravitz, who walks the line between friend and foe very well. Her character is a much bigger part of this story than I expected, and she is great. Also, Jim Gordon, Batman’s only trustworthy police contact, is played by Jeffery Wright, and I must say he is an absolute stand-out. He’s deep in the action alongside Batman in this film and you’re always rooting for him as you should be. Both Kravitz and Wright’s chemistry with Pattinson is phenomenal.

Overall, I am so incredibly happy with The Batman. Yes, it has some awesome action and cool stunts at points, but this is so much more than that. Somehow, with Batman being on screen more often than Bruce Wayne, the action doesn’t overpower the dramatic and personal moments at all. They are what this movie is about, and at an almost 3-hour runtime, you are completely invested from beginning to end.

Check out The Batman in theaters this Friday, and please see it in a theater if you can! After you do, come back to this review and let us know what you thought! I look forward to hearing from you all!

'The Batman' is in theaters on March 4th, 2022.

Rating: 5 out of 5

LoganLogan Wischmeier (Contributing Editor) is a Texas native and a massive fan of all genres of film. You can find him talking about movies on YouTube or in line for the latest Star Wars/Comic Book film.
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