The Batman

The Batman

The beginning feels novel, when Reeves approaches how we might relate to Batman if we encountered him in real spaces—in the shadows the train station (clearly Chicago) with the dumb street gang; in the timid stares from the cops at the first crime scene; etc. He's just a guy in a suit, and the movie mostly understands where that would feel weird and where that would feel imposing.

Pretty soon it gets deeply silly. Colin Farrell is silly on purpose; it's great. I'm not convinced about some of the rest. Also, there's a big missed opportunity to have the Riddler's riddles make sense :)

A favorite old bit of mine was pitching a broken-logic party called "The Fake Concert Party," where there's a concert going on upstairs, but everyone knows it's a fake concert, and the real party is downstairs. The criminal club in this movie is described exactly like this.

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