The Batman

The Batman ★★★½

There’s a lot to like about Matt Reeve’s passion project. Right off the bat (pun very much intended), there’s a sense that this is the Batman that Batman should’ve always been, stylistic speaking. The world is artfully designed and constructed, its protagonist isn’t a showy billionaire philanthropist, and Gotham is a shell of what it once was (or was promised to be). The constant rain and moody atmosphere benefit the much touted ‘noir’ imprint, injecting a real sense of identity to a world we’ve now seen several times. Reeves is also very smart in how he uses the Riddler and Carmine Falcone, carefully managing their screen time to maximum effect. Plus, the relationship between the bat and the cat is a gift that keeps on giving.

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