By Tanner Block, Sports Editor
“The Batman” is a brand new blockbuster movie produced by DC starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. In what was arguably the most hyped up movie in 2022, “The Batman” was an incredible visual masterpiece that will demand people to study its masterful cinematography for years. However, that does not mean the film was without its fault. Mainly, the way it handled the main antagonist, The Riddler, is something that leaves a mark on otherwise a frontrunner for movie of the year.
Before the review nitpicks at the details of the movie, I do want to remind people that there are major spoilers ahead and it would be advisable to watch the movie first.
So where to start? A good place to start would be the movie’s incredible cinematography. This movie is one of the best looking films I have ever seen, with its beautiful interpretation of Gotham only rivaled by the gorgeous one-take of “1917” or the breath-taking space in “Interstellar.” Every second of this is absolutely incredible. It’s not exactly a technical achievement as it’s just masterful world building. The lighting of the characters or the subtle placement of props really just builds the world up and lets the scenery speak for itself.
Not only this, but the soundtrack that accompanies this movie is easily the best soundtrack in a superhero movie ever. There has never been a soundtrack as impactful and well-suiting as the trumpets and piano that blare across the movie. One of the most memorable cinematic experiences I ever had was hearing the theme right after Batman flipped a car over and started walking to it. The crescendo of the soundtrack as he walks over to the flipped car gave me actual shivers.
Another great aspect this movie delivers is acting. Every actor delivers their lines with such care and attention to detail. Robert Pattinson steals the cake though. He delivers an amazing performance as Batman. His body language through the film is excellent and he really makes you think he is “the vengeance” that the whole city is fearful of. I will note that Jeffrey Wright’s performance wasn’t as great as I thought it could have been, but he was forced into some unnecessary dialogue to help move the plot forward.
What disappointed me in this movie was the character writing. Personally, I thought the main antagonist was a fantastic villain until the end sequence. His final plan was just … stupid. How did he manage to make nine bombs to plant them through the city? If his plan was to force everybody to go to the center of the city, why didn’t he just plant another bomb there?
Surely it would have been harder to sneak 30 people with fully loaded sniper rifles than one bomb if he really wanted to cause as much damage as possible. Probably most importantly of all, why did he even want to take as many civilians as he could? His whole character was written off the fact that Gothams elites corrupted the city and that he was murdering these rich political figures to take revenge on them ruining the city. When did a bunch of random people become his target? Tangent aside, I really just thought the script writers were trying to be too ambitious with a villain who was more grounded to earth than most Batman villains.
In all, this movie is an astonishing good looking movie that only has minor flaws that set it back. Personally, if the last 25 minutes of the story was written better, I think “The Batman” could have easily surpassed the legendary Christopher Nolan “The Dark Night” flick. The Batman was that visually stunning.