The Batman

Full disclosure:  I am generally not a fan of comic book movies.  Sure, I’ve enjoyed some of them over the years for the bubblegum experience that they offer.  That said, I really enjoyed this film.  At different times it reminded me of the 60’s tv show and all of the various movies over the last 30+ years, but at the same time it very much felt like a reimagining of the franchise.  I think that it kept what worked (Batman as a crimefighter) and got rid of what didn’t work (the cartoonish villains).  I also like that the franchise seemed to be centered around Batman and not the backstory of the villains (of course, it was the focus on the Joker that allowed Heath Ledger to be a star in his final role).   Instead of the villains being the freaks it showed Batman as being a freak, which is fitting because he was called a freak in earlier movies even though his character didn’t seem to fit that description).  The movie may have meandered a bit on the backside of the movie but I thought they did a great job setting themselves up for a nice reboot.

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Movie title: The Batman

Movie description: In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.

Date published: 2022-04-23

Director(s): Matt Reeves

Actor(s): Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, Jayme Lawson, Gil Perez-Abraham, Peter McDonald, Con O'Neill, Alex Ferns, Rupert Penry-Jones, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Barry Keoghan, Kosha Engler, Archie Barnes, Janine Harouni, Hana Hrzic, Joseph Walker, Luke Roberts, Oscar Novak, Stella Stocker, Sandra Dickinson, Jack Bennett, Andre Nightingale, Richard James-Neale, Lorraine Tai, Joseph Balderrama, James Eeles, Dave Simon, Angela Yeoh, Leemore Marrett Jr., Ezra Elliott, Itoya Osagiede, Stewart Alexander, Adam Rojko Vega, Heider Ali, Marcus Onilude, Elena Saurel, Ed Kear, Sid Sagar, Amanda Blake, Todd Boyce, Brandon Bassir, Will Austin, Chabris Napier-Lawrence, Douglas Russell, Phil Aizlewood, Mark Killeen, Philip Shaun McGuinness, Lorna Brown, Elliot Warren, Jay Lycurgo, Stefan Race, Elijah Baker, Craige Middleburg, Akie Kotabe, Spike Fearn, Urielle Klein-Mekongo, Bronson Webb, Madeleine Gray, Ste Johnston, Arthur Lee, Parry Glasspool, Jordan Coulson, Hadas Gold, Pat Battle, Bobby Cuza, Dean Meminger, Roma Torre, Mike Cappozola, Amanda Hurwitz, Joshua Eldridge-Smith, Daniel Rainford, Nathalie Armin, Jose Palma, Kazeem Tosin Amore

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

My Review

Full disclosure:  I am generally not a fan of comic book movies.  Sure, I’ve enjoyed some of them over the years for the bubblegum experience that they offer.  That said, I really enjoyed this film.  At different times it reminded me of the 60’s tv show and all of the various movies over the last 30+ years, but at the same time it very much felt like a reimagining of the franchise.  I think that it kept what worked (Batman as a crimefighter) and got rid of what didn’t work (the cartoonish villains).  I also like that the franchise seemed to be centered around Batman and not the backstory of the villains (of course, it was the focus on the Joker that allowed Heath Ledger to be a star in his final role).   Instead of the villains being the freaks it showed Batman as being a freak, which is fitting because he was called a freak in earlier movies even though his character didn’t seem to fit that description).  The movie may have meandered a bit on the backside of the movie but I thought they did a great job setting themselves up for a nice reboot.

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