There’s no doubt that The Batman is going to divide audiences with regards
to their opinion. Anyone going to see it expecting a standard superhero
film is going to be in for a big disappointment as The Batman is as far
removed from the comic book fantasies that make up the Marvel cinematic
universe as you can get. Dark, gritty and with a run time of just a couple
of minutes short of three hours The Batman is going to test the patience of
all but the most dedicated Batman fans.
The story, if you take away all the multiple subplots, is pretty
straightforward, so why director Matt Reeves chooses to stretch out his
story to the bum numbing length it is a bit of a mystery. It’s a couple of
years after the death of Batman’s parents and Bruce Wayne and his alter ego
Batman are still trying to come to terms with their loss when The Riddler
starts murdering prominent corrupt Gotham City officials. It wouldn’t be
The Riddler without him leaving some cryptic clues as to why he’s carrying
out his dastardly deeds.
Reeve’s film is littered with so many characters, an unrecognisable Colin
Farrell is The Penguin, John Turturro is a corrupt businessman, Zoe Kravitz
is Catwomen, Jeffrey Wright is Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis is
Batman’s trusted butler Albert, that by the half way point if you’ve not
been paying attention there’s a good chance you’ll be scratching your head
wondering what’s going on and how everyone fits into the story.
The Batman does look fantastic, whether Robert Patterson is any better than
any of the previous actors who have slipped into the bat suit is open for
debate. Patterson isn’t the most charismatic actor in the world and really
doesn’t bring anything new to the part.
Overlong and with a story so slow it does really feel like a three hour
film The Batman is a film that will be no doubt be enjoyed by diehard
Batman fans everyone else might, like me, wonder what all the fuss is