“From Manbat to Batman:” Robert Pattinson takes flight as the new Batman


After 12 long years of waiting, we finally get to see Robert Pattinson take flight as a bat. In director Matt Reeves’ new, darker, grittier and more realistic take following Batman in only his second year on the job. From a trailer that initially had fans worried, especially after “Batman” actor Robert Pattinson’s apparent refusal to get in shape for the role, pulled through to earn a 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.4/10 on IMDB and an overall audience score of 91% the movie was able to rake in $521.4 million at the box office earning double its $258 million budget. 

Reeves came out of the gate swinging, pulling together a star-studded cast with the likes Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffery Wright, and Andy Serkis. Audiences have also applauded star Paul Dano, who delivered an amazing and absolutely chilling and gut wrenching performance as Batman’s main villain in this story, The Riddler. From his insane mental breakdowns and fits of rage to his depraved traps and devious games gave us an mentally scarring performance, director Matt Reeves as well as actor Paul Dano said they wanted to take a more sadistic and real approach to this “Batman” universe taking inspiration from many real life killers most notably the Zodiac Killer. 

I thought that this was an amazingly crafted movie from the casting to costuming to the practical effects to the plot. Everything about this movie had me captivated and on the edge of my seat all the way until the very end. It was able to in my opinion to masterfully  combine the elements of horror, mystery, and action all into one admittedly long but amazing movie. 

However, the movie is very long and feels like it stalls out and feels like the movie is about to end two thirds of the way through, only to continue into a huge climactic final battle in a flooded city between The Batman and the Riddler’s psychotic followers. The romantic moments between Robert Pattinson’s Batman and Zoe Kravitz’s Selina Kyle also seemed a bit forced and rushed, as she quickly falls in love with Batman after her initial romantic interest is abruptly killed off at the beginning of the movie which made the romance between Catwoman and Batman seem a bit forced.

The soundtrack in this film was absolutely amazing, composer Michael Giacchino created an amazing and captivating soundtrack that really builds the suspense and creates a feeling of fear and dread as well as in high intensity high octane moments gives you the feeling of being a badass hero cleaning out a crime filled underworld. The use of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way,” brilliantly captures the dark, emo, and brooding nature of this new Batman.

Overall, this is an amazing movie that is bound to achieve cult status, just like the 1989 “Batman” film. As well as it bringing us one of if not the most definitive and chilling version of the riddler we have ever seen on the big screen, who like Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker has now become the new golden standard that all future Riddlers will be compared to.  This is an amazing movie from start to finish, from cast to plot, from to soundtrack. This is an amazing film that deserves to be watched and will leave you wanting and craving more from this new “Batman.”