The Batman 2022

The Batman 2022 Revisits The Long Hallloween

As a DC Comics girl and a Batman Obsessive Fan, I hesitated to watch The Batman for many reasons. But last night, I fell in love with a detective story and a Bat I wasn’t expecting.

Before We Start, Riddle Me This! No, It’s Not A Riddle But Read It

WARNING!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!
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TRIGGERS: PTSD, Gore, Trauma, Violence, Language, Death, Mob.

This is an in-depth review of the movie The Batman 2022. I reviewed many subjects and what was discussed before and after the movie. I also reveal plot points and many scenes that should remain unsaid if you haven’t watched the movie and considered watching it.

Also, this is a subjective article and a personal opinion of the movie. To the best of my knowledge, I give a review of what I believe is good or should be considered. This is all personal, and I respect everyone’s view of the movie. Batman is a beloved character, and we all have our preferences. With that said, let’s dig in! YOU ARE WARNED!!!

The Official Summary

Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues.

As the evidence leads closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

The Summary Of A Batman Girl

The question mark is everywhere around the dilapidated streets and giant screens of Gotham City Square while a race to become mayor is happening. It’s been two years now that Batman has been fighting crime alongside Gordon, but all he sees is criminal organisations rising higher.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Intricate puzzles and envelopes dedicated to ‘The Batman’ are left behind at every gruesome crime scene. Despite inspiring fear into the hearts of everyone present, even the cops, only Gordon can speak to Batman, who answers every riddle and finds the next clue. But it isn’t enough, and mistakes happen.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Meanwhile, Gotham City grows hungry and feeds off the victims, its citizens. However, one club remains the one place where Gotham’s Elite comes into play, The Iceberg Lounge. 

Batman must fight his way through to see the Penguin named Oswald Cobblepot. Penguin, or Oz, knows the underbelly of Gotham like no other, and the plot grows thicker.

The Story Just Keeps Giving

With every victim the Riddler leaves behind, the closer the big picture of his ultimate goal brings Batman home to Wayne Manor. Ultimately, Alfred Pennyworth, his sole guardian and father figure, keeps the fort safe, but to what price?

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Catwoman turns out to be of interest when her ties bring Batman closer to knowing the truth about his parents and their affiliation with the Arkham family. Another riddle left not just rendering Batman speechless, but Bruce Wayne’s heart shattered like glass. The Wayne family was not the perfect family portrait Bruce once thought.

“I wish I could say I’m making a difference, but I don’t know. Murder, robberies, assault. Two years later, they’re all up. And now this. The city‘s eating itself. Maybe it’s beyond saving. But I have to try.”

Batman

The Riddler, Penguin, Maroni, Falcon, and corrupt politicians and cops come into play and feed the Riddler’s quest to expose the truth about Gotham. 

Batman and Gordon are in a race to beat the Riddler to the finish line, but he’s always two steps ahead. Sadly, Batman is new to his role as a detective, and Gordon can’t answer all these questions alone.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

It has been a long time coming. The Riddler is the master of the game he put into play. Batman and Gordon are just pawns for him to place where he wants.

Will Batman find the truth about his family and not let the Riddler get the best of his judgement? Will Gordon be able to rely on Batman to help save what is left of Gotham? Will Catwoman get her revenge and ‘Vengeance’? Or will the Riddler win it all and get what he wants whether he is found or not?

What I Think Of The Batman

When I decide to watch a comic book turned into a movie, I often try to watch it as if it was an alternate Earth. I don’t want to spend my time thinking, “This is not how it goes in the comics!” or “That’s not what he or she or they look like!” and so on.

However, The Batman came the closest to having me say, “This could just be cannon!” because so many facts from various retellings of the Batman titles are correct. 

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The Batman touches on Selina Kyle—Catwoman’s past with her being the daughter of Falcon, one of the two biggest mob bosses in Gotham. This makes her a unique character both in the comic book and the movie.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

In The New 52 comics, Selina was bisexual, and I believe that in this movie, they left it to the audience to decide. Also, in this movie, Catwoman is friends with Annika, whom she saved from bad people and hid at her place. 

She is fond of Annika, most likely seeing lots of her in her Russian friend she met where she worked, The Iceberg Lounge. They planned on leaving the city together, but violence took it away.

The Inspiration From Iconic Comics

As for bringing Thomas Wayne‘s surgeon’s hands into play, excellent! I enjoyed the way they managed to incorporate his skills when he saved Carmine Falcon’s life by removing bullets from his body. 

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The movie has a lot to do with Batman The Long Halloween, which for many, is one of the best detective stories under Batman Titles’ belt.

The way the movie uses the affiliation between the Waynes and the Falcons is remarkable. It opened the door to many speculations and confused Bruce Wayne even more. 

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Carmine Falcon is this movie’s biggest threat from a distance. The Riddler keeps pointing to people who helped a case against Maroni, and it does make you question why until it shows who the true puppet master was.

When It Comes To The Plot And Inspiration

Easter eggs aside for the DC Comics fans to see and enjoy, The Batman is a mix of The Long Halloween and Batman: Year One for the most part. It shows us that Batman makes multiple mistakes and has an overly developed deductive sense that allows him to see things coming. His fighting skills are on point, and so are his suit and gadgets. It’s only his mind that needs refinement.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Without the Riddler voluntarily surrendering himself, Batman and Gordon would’ve never come close to finding him. Even in plain sight, Riddler remained hidden from the Bat, which says a lot about this movie: prepare yourself for a hell of a ride!

Gotham Like We Never Saw Before

Esthetically, The Batman made me think of the video game franchise Arkham. While the Gotham map shown in the movie drawn by the Riddler is a combination of Arkham and The Dark Knight Trilogy, the appearance and action scenes are more reminiscent of the video game, which is a massive plus in my books.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Because they decided to film the movie in England and Scotland, it gave Gotham a fresh new look we’ve never seen before. The town of Chicago was also a location and, of course, a studio, but it gave us a unique perspective to appreciate Gotham City in a new light.

The architecture is on point, with a neo-gothic look regarding Bruce Wayne’s tower. We could see structures that reflect Gotham City so well but can’t necessarily be at hand in the United States or Canada to film.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

I believe they made the right decision to give a new skyline to Gotham and one we can associate with the Batmanverse.

Bringing Gotham City To The Old Country

People from England, especially Liverpool and London, probably recognized the buildings appearing in The Batman movie as monumental structures. The Gotham Square was from Chicago, but the City Hall, and Wayne Tower, among other structures, were respective edifices from the old neo-gothic country.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The sectors, districts, and Wayne Tower were all brought to life with this old Anglo-Saxon style that no other places could give. Gotham City was alive like it never was before.

The entire scenery was one of the best I witnessed in a superhero movie. It is loyal to what it’s meant to be. Gotham has the word goth in it. What more can one wish for?

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

In Gotham City, there is lots of rain and gloomy, eerie feelings in darker parts of the dilapidated streets. I felt as if I was a Gothamite! Everything was perfect.

The Soundtrack Effect On The Story

Music is an essential part of any visual entertainment. It brings the atmosphere to life and pulls you in. If well executed, it can help tell the story or if not a good choice, have you do anything else than watch the movie.

The Batman is exceptional when it comes to music by Michael Giacchino. Everything was perfectly calculated. I cannot believe the heart of the movie’s soundtrack and most crucial piece of music is Ave Maria

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Ave Maria serves a crucial purpose in The Batman. It repeats throughout the movie. You won’t recognise it if you ignore it. Known to be a funeral song, Ave Maria has a story of its own.

Ave Maria is the number one song recited for funerals and is the translation to the Catholic Church’s prayer named, ‘Hail Mary.’ Because Bruce Wayne has been an orphan since he was eight years old, which caused him lifetime trauma, and the Riddler grew up in Wayne’s orphanage that burned, this song becomes more than just a song, but a war cry.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The other song that surprised the viewers was Nirvana‘s Something In The Way. The song is appropriate in many ways as it shows that Batman’s pain and guilt stand in his way and the Riddler’s.

The song sung by Kurt Cobain, who left this world much too soon by his own hand, has his place in the Batmanverse. The pain in Cobain’s unique voice from a grunge band reflects everything about Gotham City and its citizens, as well as a representation of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

One fun fact about the song Something In The Way is that it’s the last song on the album, Nevermind, which has a hidden track after ten minutes of silence following Something Is In The Way. The song is called, Endless Nameless. The song is an amalgam of painful words such as: silence, dead, go to Hell, go to jail, violence, and crime, but also the words: bright and clear.

The Riddler represents all themes in the movie. I don’t think it was a coincidence.

What Not To Love About The Batman? Nothing!

Do not expect a retelling of Bruce Wayne’s traumatic past of his parents dying in front of his eyes. There is none, and I was so happy about that decision! Unless one lives under a rock, the entire planet knows about Batman’s past. 

There is no need for revisiting or rehashing that wound. The opening scene is a treat regarding the expectation of Bruce Wayne’s past. It also has misleading clues as to what to expect throughout the movie.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

I read so many Batman comic books, books with twists, horror movies and series that I thought I couldn’t be misled. I was wrong. The Batman is a work of finesse and what the Batmanverse fans and followers deserve: an actual detective movie!

Robert Pattinson is built for the role of Batman as a strong lean, but muscular athlete capable of extreme demanding shape activities such as climbing, gymnastics, contortions, and endurance. 

The Batman — 2022

Throughout the movie, we see him in situations where he must accomplish complex battling tasks to survive. The fact that he isn’t built like a pro wrestler on Monday nights makes it much more believable, as he would be too large and heavy to do the parkour necessary for his survival.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The friendship between Gordon and Batman is believable and quite strong. There’s an unspoken trust between the two, and once Batman confronts the GCPD, you can see in his eyes the pain he felt when he thought he lost Gordon to the force. 

It is clear at that moment how much trust Batman puts in Gordon, which is pretty touching. I cannot wait to see more of that friendship and maybe the father figure Bruce sees in him.

The Movie Is Three Hours, And I Want An Extended Edition!

The movie flies by so fast! It’s so overwhelming at a good pace and way that I want more, and I want it now! The reveal of Batman, the use of two villains that were ridiculed so many times are now scary: Riddler and Penguin, the new Gordon, the reveal of ‘the car’ and ‘the cave’ as Arkham fans and I say.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The movie takes its time to establish the story and the pace and spread the reveals of each new thing. It allows fans to not be shocked by too much at once. 

It is clear that this movie targeted the everlasting DC Comics fans at the same time as pulling in new ones. The movie is also for an older audience and is not a family-night movie. In other words, I leave that decision to parents to watch the movie first before making a decision depending on your household.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Details, details, details. Batman’s black raccoon eyes remain once he takes the cowl down, finally! Every time we see Batman taking off his cowl, they still stain his eyes with black makeup because the holes in his eyes are wider, making sense! 

Thank you, Matt Reeves for the logical steps! The fact that he carries his costume, or some layers of it, in a backpack and always wears overly-sized clothes to conceal it makes him more believable.

Even More, Reasons To Love The Batman Movie

The bad Spanish grammar, like in French and most Latin-based languages, has feminine and masculine ‘gender’ for everything, i.e., a chair in French is feminine while a bed is masculine. In the movie, the two genders are mixed up and corrected by the Penguin.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The mistake was necessary for Batman to make the connection when thinking aloud, leading to ‘URL.’ It shows that mistakes are an essential lesson and quite important in life.

Gordon and Batman thinking aloud, talking to each other to work out the logic in Riddler’s game, is also natural. The chemistry between the entire main cast is impressive. The only chemistry I didn’t buy was ‘the Bat and the Cat,’ and it wasn’t from a lack of Pattinson’s acting prowess, but Kravitz.

The Batman — 2022

I didn’t believe it. Everything else felt natural, and the flow was perfect. The dialogue is one of the most believable when thinking it comes from well-established comic books.

Alfred and Bruce Wayne’s relationship is the closest we have to the comic books from movies. I believe the best live-action Alfred Pennyworth remains the one from the Gotham series. 

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

In the movie, Alfred supports Bruce Wayne’s endeavour to be Batman and doesn’t reject his alter ego, but he also brings up how Bruce Wayne is essential to the city. He wants to bring balance to Bruce Wayne’s life but keeps helping him when he needs help. That is the Alfred Pennyworth that I know.

A Believable Comic Book Story In Its Own Universe

Batman comic books contain fight scenes to the readers’ content and detective stories. The entire movie is a believable story within a comic book world that is less about fighting and more about mind games.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

After all, it is Detective Comics, and so far, the closest we’ve ever got was Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Trilogy in terms of movies.

The Batman brings you the best of physical fights, a car chase that will leave you breathless, and a mind game plot that takes you on a rollercoaster of who, where, what, when, and how?

The scenery, the map, the portrayal, and the representation of the Batmanverse is the best one can hope for.

For The Hardcore Fans And The Ones To Be

I became a Batman fan when I was four, and Adam West was my first crush. I watched Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, the live-action series, and the DC Comics cartoons. That’s besides reading the many Batman titles, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batman Eternal and so on. 

In The Batman movie, there are many clues and easter eggs for the fans and those who’ll become addicted to the Batmanverse as we have.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

There were so many fun tips, clues, and easter eggs. I’m sure I missed a thousand of them! Don’t be shy to drop some in the comment section!

One word got my attention in the movie, and it’s the name “Hush.” Now, if you’re a Batman fan, you know the epic Hush storyline! It even plays a role in the movie when mentioning the name Elliot. I wonder if we’ll be lucky enough to see a live-action retelling of the story or parts of it in the next movies.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Something intrigued me, and I might be wrong about this one, but The Iceberg Lounge had the word ‘fish’ attached to it. It made me think of the fantastic character created for the Gotham series Fish Mooney

She was an essential character in the series and a badass at that. I remember when she plucked her eyeball to prevent her eyes from harvesting. This ‘fish’ might be far-fetched as Fish Mooney. But maybe more like a play on words for the mob, ‘sleeping with the fishes.’

Of course, we had Carmine Falcone addressing Gordon while Batman is holding him, “You with Zorro over there?” An obvious tribute to Bruce Wayne’s past when coming out of the theatres after watching the movie Zorro moments before his parents died.

In Wayne’s estate in Gotham, when Bruce Wayne walks to Alfred, there is a bust of Shakespeare in the background. I didn’t notice that one. It was New Rockstar on YouTube who pointed it out. It was, I believe, a tribute to the Adam West Batman TV Series.

The Batman 2022 — The Iceberg Lounge Fight Scene — Courtesy of Apex Clips

The twin henchmen at The Iceberg Lounge are most likely to become Two-Face’s bodyguards, as seen in Batman: The Animated Series. After all, the phrase “I am Vengeance” comes from the cartoon as well. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to believe those two are coming back.

Martha Arkham Wayne. We are now entering Batman Earth One‘s universe with the storyline of Bruce Wayne’s mother, also coming from a wealthy family, Arkham. This would tie The Batman universe to another of its best stories yet!

The Batman — 2022

The diner where the Riddler waits for the cavalry to arrive is reminiscent of the Nighthawks oil painting by Edward Hopper. I don’t know if there was a reason for it or a coincidence, but it is fantastic nonetheless. 

Maybe the resemblance is because it represents loneliness and existential crisis, as well as the need for humans to have a purpose in life, and the Riddler refused to be ignored.

Maybe A Little Far-Fetched But Worth Mentioning

The New 52, anyone? When I saw Batman removing his eye contact lenses, I noticed the tech attached to them. I recognised Scott Snyder‘s The Court Of Owls storyline. Bruce uses contact lenses to identify people and record anything he can see to study later. I do not care about those who say The New 52 was a lousy relaunch. I still maintain that it had some of the best Batman stories yet.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The Court Of Owls, this one might be far-fetched despite many fans hoping to bring Gotham’s Elite into play. In the movie, we see what resembles a barn owl. Also, Batman receives a card from the Riddler with an owl on it. Many predict that this is proof that The Court is coming. We can keep our fingers crossed for that one!

Bane is coming…for those who read Batman comic books, the Knightfall storyline followed the Venom story. In the movie’s third act, we see Batman getting hit by a shotgun to the chest. 

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Despite his armour protecting him from the impact, it was a shot at the heart of his chest. It had him incapacitated until Selina came in to save him. But she is dragged by the killer, and Batman decides: he takes out a vial with green liquid and injects himself. 

It gives him instantaneous strength and vitality and has a long-lasting effect. Sorry folks, those who are thinking about adrenaline, but it doesn’t last long and has many results. The only option remains: venom.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Bringing social media into play. The Riddler created his entire plan with the help of others like him who demanded justice. He used social media to make himself somebody and have a big following to implement his plan. We are in the social media era. This theme is relevant and a good clue as to what social media can accomplish, good or bad.

To me, Batman’s costume is reminiscent of the video game Arkham Knight. It is not as much an easter egg or clue as a personal opinion. The outfit is well-thought-out, and the level of detail highly resembles the work made in the video game franchise.

The Batman — 2022

The mention of Blüdhaven by Selina Kyle. For those who don’t know, Blüdhaven is the upstate town of Gotham City and where Nightwing or Dick Grayson—the first Robin—becomes its main hero. 

It is also the city where Red Hood or Jason Todd—the second Robin, blows up as part of the Batman Under The Red Hood storyline. 

The Batman — 2022

Now, I’m not hoping or cheering for a Robin because Pattinson would be too young at 36 years old, and a Robin would destroy the credibility of the universe. Plus, it would make everything awkward for a youngster or teen to follow him, no matter the circumstances. However, it’s cool that the town was mentioned.

A Little Speculation From Yours Truly

Watching The Batman, I paid attention to as many details as possible. I rewatched it for a second time and tried doubling my focus. I concluded that Riddler didn’t know and still doesn’t know that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

My theory is that when sending the letter addressed to Bruce Wayne to his estate. He would not know if the billionaire playboy would be home. He took a leap of faith, hoping that his warning, “For Bruce Wayne’s Eyes Only,” would be followed. He wouldn’t want to work with Bruce Wayne if he knew he was Batman. He loathed the billionaire kid.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

Riddler loathes that Bruce Wayne was the only one who got away. Furthermore, he tells Batman, “You don’t know what it is to be an orphan.” 

When he said his name repeatedly and with an emphasis on the character by stretching it, staring at Batman, he wasn’t implying he was Bruce Wayne. If he knew he was Bruce Wayne, he would not need to say that first part.

I somehow can’t shake off the black kid with the half-painted face at the beginning of the movie. Of course, his half-painted face shows that he wasn’t yet part of the street gang he was with officially, but something was off. 

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

While many speculate he is Grayson. I believe he is Harvey Dent. Half-painted face, hesitation to hurt someone, first to see the bat signal, the twins at The Iceberg Lounge…too many bread crumbs left behind.

Moving along, when showing Arkham Asylum and the Joker‘s cell right beside Riddler, my thoughts were: it’s a tease, but the Joker won’t be the main villain in the sequel. 

I believe Batman might require answers from the Joker or his ‘help,’ but no more for a while. It’s much too soon in The Batman‘s universe. I hope for a New 52 take on it with Faces Of Death by the brilliant Tony S. Daniel.

Justice League — The Flashpoint Paradox — 2013
Justice League — The Flashpoint Paradox — 2013

Now, for my wildest guess or hope, The Flash movie is set to release in June 2023. The story revolves around the Flashpoint Paradox which is the predecessor storyline to The New 52. I am hoping for the movie to have The Batman universe and Man of Steel collide so that Pattinson would officially be the new Batman for the DCU cinematic universe. 

It is possible to separate each universe—city—from one another when movies are made but join them together as needed for Justice League purposes.

I Can’t Stop Rewatching The Batman

I’m a hardcore Batman fan and always will be. I hesitated for far too long to watch this movie. Now my hopes and expectations are very high for the sequel to come, which was recently confirmed. 

I would say not to be shy to make the next Batman movie just as long and maybe rated R for Mature. DC Comics shouldn’t be afraid to go for an adult audience with Batman, especially since the franchise is immensely popular with adults.

Event Horizon — 1998

The Batman is my favourite movie of all time, and mine hasn’t changed since 1998 with Event Horizon. It says a lot. I find new things, clues, and details whenever I watch The Batman movie.

The Batman — 2022

The Batmanverse fans got what we asked for, for so long, and I hope we keep getting it. This movie is a gem and my precious… I had to, sorry for that, I’ll see myself out!

Below are my thoughts on the hatred the movie received before and after its release. I hope you enjoy that part too!

THE UNJUSTIFIED HATRED OF THE SAGA

No Training, No Hygiene, No Batman

I am not going to lie. I was part of the crowd afraid of my Batman’s credibility when it was announced that Robert Pattinson would wear the cowl. I was part of those who shouted, “How dare he!” But I also am someone who admits when I am wrong. I was wrong to doubt the casting.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

People quickly judged the British actor when he was announced as Batman. Paparazzi and anyone with a phone went after him like a moth to a flame. His every move was scrutinised in his everyday life, and lies about him surfaced. I fell for them myself! I felt terrible for the man.

The Batman — 2022

Robert Pattinson doesn’t wash, doesn’t brush his teeth, doesn’t train for the role, doesn’t care for the part, etc. I read so many articles about him from different sources that I couldn’t tell which was right or wrong because they were all piling on to give a negative image of the Twilight Saga actor.

Robert Pattinson — The Batman 2022 — Beach Training
Robert Pattinson — The Batman 2022 — Beach Training

But I dug deeper and found the truth about Robert Pattinson. The poor guy broke his rule of remaining secretive about his personal life to answer, well, about his personal life. The man does take showers, brush his teeth, knows about Batman, and did some training—he didn’t overdo it.

The Superhero Appearance We Want Over What The Character Needs

We are used to the physical appearance of Henry Cavill for the portrayal of Superman, which is a high standard to level up to.

Henry Cavill — Superman — Man Of Steel Training
Henry Cavill — Superman — Man Of Steel Training

But the two superheroes are different and have different paths. While Henry Cavill went headfirst to achieve the look of Kal EL in his prime, Robert Pattinson had another type of role to play to show Batman’s other skills—his mind.

Henry Cavill — Superman — Justice League Movie
Henry Cavill — Superman — Justice League Movie

Also, let us remember that there was a time when people also went a little overboard with forks and torches after Henry Cavill for daring to portray Superman…we learned our lesson with that one, as Man Of Steel 2 is officially announced.

Robert Pattinson — The Batman 2022 — Beach Training
Robert Pattinson — The Batman 2022 — Beach Training

We are talking about Batman Year One, a Bruce Wayne who is still learning and in athletic shape instead of a muscular man. He is new to his job as Batman. So, it does make sense that he is still learning, physically and mentally. Also, athletic shape doesn’t mean weak. When shown shirtless, Robert Pattinson appears in excellent form, with scars accumulating slowly on his body, as it would.

The Batman — 2022

When we think about the growth in the muscular appearance of Batman, we also think about Christian Bale from The Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan. 

Christian Bale gained muscle weight for each movie, ending with The Dark Knight Rises at his maximum strength in terms of muscle building. He was a very imposing Batman, but also, at the end of his ‘career’ as Batman. Meanwhile, Pattinson’s Batman is at its earliest beginning.

The Sparkling Batman Theory

Robert Pattinson, as Batman, had me cry and cheer for him. I felt like I was betraying Christian Bale because he was my favourite Batman of all time. I said ‘was.’ 

Robert Pattinson convinced me with his acting. I couldn’t stop crying when he was by Alfred’s side at the hospital or protecting the fatherless boy with his body at all costs from a car impact and then saving civilians afraid of him. When he held a woman’s hand when gently laying her down on the gurney because she trusted him with her life. I was genuinely moved.

Robert Pattinson — The Batman 2022
Robert Pattinson — The Batman 2022

When you see that, Batman passes from the man who has to wear glasses in sunlight to looking at a gurney being pulled into a helicopter with open eyes at dawn. 

Robert Pattinson brought life to the saying, “he was blind, but now he sees.” That message is powerful, and Robert Pattinson delivers it perfectly.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

The variety of stares Robert Pattinson gives as Batman throughout the movie is breathtaking. I could see Batman and Pattinson’s eye colour mixed with the contact lenses, resembling the ‘white lenses’ they draw in comic books.

The actor was chosen for his masculine facial features, height, and piercing frosty blue eyes. His acting skills are beyond many other actors we have seen incarnating superheroes. 

Robert Pattinson — Edits by PattinsonWorld

Batman demands someone who can appear emotionless but with heart and compassion. It is a challenging psychological character to portray. The only one who achieved it was Christian Bale. But I must say now that Robert Pattinson is my Batman.

Haters Are Gonna Hate

I am not a fan of Zoë Kravitz. I believe her to be someone who needs more acting lessons and guidance. Catwoman is a character that can be whoever you want her to be, and I was happy that she would be of colour due to Adam West’s Batman TV Series

Eartha Kitt — Catwoman — The Batman TV Series
Eartha Kitt — Catwoman — The Batman TV Series

My favourite Catwoman was Eartha Kitt. However, I was disappointed when Kravitz’s name came out, as many other actors could have fulfilled the role better.

That said, The Batman doesn’t revolve around ‘The Bat and The Cat,’ which surprised me! I felt better moving forward with the movie.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

There are talks in multiple comic books, animated movies, and video game fandoms that diversity is killing one of its diversity: the gingers. I am for gingers to have representation, but hear me out. 

We saw it with beloved characters: Hawkgirl, Mary Jane, and Iris West. Don’t get me wrong. I love bringing people of colour and diversity into the comic book fandom! Go full steam ahead. It just makes the fandom more realistic and relatable. I think as long as they do what they did with Starfire from Titans, keeping her hair red, it would be a good idea.

But I don’t understand why Hollywood targets gingers. Some say it’s because redheads are a minority. Therefore, representation is less needed. I wasn’t upset with Commissioner Gordon, who is still a lieutenant in the movie.

Adult Swim — Harley Quinn Cartoon Series — Catwoman

In some comic books, Gordon is ginger and married to a redhead and has Barbara Gordon, his daughter, who is a redhead. What if Gordon is black and married to a white woman with red hair who already has a little baby girl who is also a redhead? Gordon adopts her as his own and raises her to become Oracle—because it is my favourite portrayal of Barbara Gordon.

The Batman — 2022
The Batman — 2022

People of colour deserve a place, and gingers, too. We can find a terrific way to make this Batmanverse the best of all comic book universes. The Batman is such a wonderful place to start! Let’s keep going!

Lex

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