The Batman

The Batman ★★★½

Batman’s coolest new gadget in The Batman is also one of his smallest. Without spoiling the specifics, it’s a high-tech camera that allows him to sift through crime scene clues or surveil a suspect without them ever realizing they’re being watched. While gadgetry is a crucial part of every Batman movie, this camera is doubly effective because it ties directly into The Batman’s most important theme: The question of who is seen and who goes unseen in a society, and how problems that are willfully ignored — if not intentionally buried — can metastasize from the shadows.

The shadows are also where you’ll mostly find Batman in this movie, although in his case, it’s by choice. In an early voiceover, Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader notes that Gotham City’s criminal element “think I’m hiding in the shadows. But I am the shadows.” Boy is he ever.

Full review at ScreenCrush.

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