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The Batman (2022)

Directed by:
Matt Reeves

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Superhero/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Batman

RUNNING TIME
176 minutes

Produced by:
Dylan Clark
Matt Reeves

Written by:
Matt Reeves
Peter Craig


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Robert Pattinson

Selina Kyle / Catwoman

Zo Kravitz

Edward Nashton / Riddler

Paul Dano

James Gordon

Jeffrey Wright

Carmine Falcone

John Turturro

Gil Colson

Peter Sarsgaard

Alfred Pennyworth

Andy Serkis

Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot / Penguin

Colin Farrell

 

Review

Matt Reeves' long-awaited Batman reboot has in many ways become a magnificent, epic spectacle, with its dark, brooding version of Gotham, a pessimistic, haunted Batman as realized by Robert Pattinson, and an intricate, Zodiac inspired take on his main antagonist Riddler. But despite a relatively wide variation of themes and having the shell of a really good movie, The Batman slowly gets itself lost in sluggish power struggles, vapid social commentary, various allusions to original sin, and a promised showdown which turns out to be no more then a preface to the next episode of a prospective series. Pattinson's uninspired voice-over in the beginning and the end reveals that this Batman hasn't really learned anything or developed during the movie's far too indulgent running time, despite extensive soul-searching, ostensibly. He has just altered his justification for his actions. Not for the first time in Batman history, the villains are far more interesting than the hero. Paul Dano's wonderful performance makes Riddler a layered, fascinating specimen. And there are also delightful supporting work from Peter Sarsgaard as a tragic, corrupt district attorney, and an unrecognizable Colin Farrell as Penguin.

Copyright 01.11.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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