The latest Batman: movie review

Eight different actors have portrayed the caped crusader on the big screen; the hero has had 13 different movies yet, Matt Reeves’ The Batman feels entirely fresh and unique. Director Matt Reeves put all the aspects of Batman that we have seen in the past and implemented them in a darker and even scary tone at times. Even though this was an introduction to a new portrayal of Batman, this is not an origin story. From the movie’s first scene, we learn that this is already his second year of wearing the cowl and in those two years, the city of Gotham is still eating itself alive. The number of murders, robberies, and assaults remains consistent. Yet, Batman still goes out every night and does what he can to help. In these two years, the Gotham police have become very accustomed to the vigilante’s presence. This allows the “world’s greatest detective” to actually conduct some detective work, and unravel all the riddles and clues from Gothams’ elusive serial killer, The Riddler.
The Riddlers’ goal in this movie is to reveal all of the corruption and lies in the city of Gotham. Therefore, from his initial murder, he kills a major candidate in a political race and exposes all of his lies and wrongdoings. Along with all of this, the Riddler leaves a note addressed to Batman at the crime scene. As Batman arrives at the site of the crime, you are put in his shoes and can see how each police officer views him as a threat and does not want him there. Towards the end of the movie, their opinion completely changes, and seeing the relationship between Batman and the police in Gotham grow was really intriguing to see on screen.

As Batman is solving the mystery of the Riddler, he makes a friend with a stray, Selina Kyle otherwise known as Catwoman. Zoe Kravitz plays the role of the rogue, occasional ally, and even love interest to Batman flawlessly. The duo dynamic on-screen is exactly what Batman and Catwoman are supposed to be. At first, she only partners with Batman to benefit herself and throughout their time working together they rarely see eye to eye in situations but ultimately when their goals aligned, it was the best Batman and Catwoman we’ve seen on the big screen.

Rotten Tomatoes gave this move a tomatometer score of 85%. Critics say,”A grim, gritty, and gripping super-noir, The Batman ranks among the Dark Knight’s bleakest — and most thrillingly ambitious — live-action outings.” Junior from Lanier High School, Aiden Timmons says, “I’ve been a Marvel fanboy all my life but this movie completely changed that and now Batman is my favorite Superhero. Everything in this movie is interesting from the fight scenes to even the music.”

This film emphasizes the idea that this is an inexperienced Batman, and as a result, we see the first on-screen confrontations with iconic characters. The narrative of this film surrounds Batman following the clues left by the Riddler in order to avert further casualties. When the Riddler turns himself in to the police, he admits that he actually feels he is on the “same side” as Batman by slaying Gotham’s injustice. The audience is left with a sense of unease towards the end of the film since we’re teased with the possibility that the Riddler knows Bruce Wayne is Batman and is, ironically, cellmates with the Joker. This noir-like detective-style thriller really creates a feeling of uncertainty and a mystery for the audience to solve, that is what makes this film so amazing and different.