The Beauty of The Batman



Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Mar 23, 2022

By Philip Brown Amature Movie Critic

In 2008 Christopher Nolan made a masterpiece praised by critics and audiences alike: The Dark Knight. This film redefined the genre because not only was it an amazing super hero movie, but it was a great movie, acting, cinematography, writing, directing, costume design, all of it. Audiences could finally be proud of a superhero film and not have them be a guilty pleasure.


 So with the release of The Batman in 2022, why would I not recommend The Dark Knight, if it has already been established as not only a perfect Batman movie, but a great film? Because Matt Reeves (writer and director) created something that didn't just redefine the genre, it redefined the character, making it one hundred percent worth your time.


What sets this movie a part from other superhero movies is how grounded to reality it is. This is strange because the idea of Batman is so outlandish and fantastical it seems like a silly idea to make it feel as real as possible.  However, because the movie feels like something that could actually happen in the real world it makes the characters so much more three dimensional, because in most superhero movies it's very hard to relate to someone who puts on cape and spandex and beats criminals to a pulp. But Batman and the ensemble cast feel like people we could know and relate to. When you are able to relate to the characters in the story, it is so much easier to become emotionally invested, so everything that happens brings a lot more weight much like a drama. And once you have real and relatable characters, you are then able to tell a more complex story. The twists and turns of the plot are a lot more fun as an audience member when they are more believable.


Another thing that makes this movie worth watching is the production. With a $200 million budget, Matt Reeves was able to spare no expense as he brought you into dark and desolate Gotham City he has created for you. Another advantage to keeping the story as real as possible is making practical effects a lot more enjoyable because they don't have to rely so heavily on CGI (computer generated images) and special effects. For instance, the new take on the Batmobile, instead of a mix between a tank and lamborghini like Christopher Nolan did, is a souped up Ford Mustang turned into a Batmobile with bigger tires, better suspension, and a huge turbo engine. Watching this thing tear through the streets of Gotham didn't feel like you were emerging in a totally different universe. It also didn't make Batman seem invincible; it seemed like at anypoint he could wreck that thing and not be okay.


Another bold decision that Matt Reeves makes is his writing choice to have Batman be so unhinged and make mistakes throughout the film. Because this is supposed to be Batman's second year as the caped crusader, we see him learning the ropes. He definitely has some rough edges, whether it be losing it on one of Riddler's thugs and beating within inches of his life or not being able to solve some of the riddles. We really see Batman grow and mature, which makes for a much more compelling character arc. The film also plays into the fact that he is “the world's greatest detective,” and we see his journey at becoming that.


This Batman movie is dark and gritty and long and depressing, and because of that, it is the Batman movie that is most worthy of your time as a Batman fan.