The Batman (2022) is one of my favourite films of the year so far and I have been lucky to have already been able to see it twice. As a Marvel fan, I wasn’t originally that excited for this movie, but after seeing it I am glad that I did. I haven’t seen a lot of DC movies mostly because I don’t like a lot of what I have seen, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed this film. I like that you can watch this movie without having seen any past Batman/ DC movies and still completely understand what is going on. I think what’s great about Batman is how universal the character is, where everyone knows the name or something about the movies, even if you have never watched them.
The casting for this film was really smart, there are a lot of actors in this film that really fit the roles. I remember when they first announced Robert Pattinson as the new Batman and all the hate he got for it. People really didn’t want the guy from Twilight to be their next Batman. I think for all the doubts people had and the hate he got, he really proved them wrong. As someone who has watched (and hated) Twilight, I can see why a lot of people thought that. However, I think he was definitely the right choice and ended up being a really good Batman. Batman is a hard role to play and it's such a beloved character, if you mess up, you don’t let that down easily.
Aside from the lead role, Zoe Kravitz was amazing, I never really saw her in anything else before and she stood out to me as a better version of Catwoman. One of my favourite casting choices was Andry Serkis as Alfred. It just worked really well and his portrayal of the character has more depth than you would expect from the character. Then as a fan of Teen Wolf, I was pleasantly surprised to see the twins Max and Charlie Carver play the bouncers to the club. I haven’t seen them do much after their time on Teen Wolf so it was cool to see them in this
The film is beautiful, I loved the attention to detail and cinematography. The colour scheme was consistent throughout and I think it really helped to immerse you into the world of Gotham. The style reminded me a lot of the movie Joker which I also really liked. I kind of hoped they would connect these two films together, but that doesn't seem to be the case. There is very little info out there about a Joker 2 staring Joaquin Phonix. However, with the casting of Barry Keoghan as Joker at the end of this film and the fact that The Batman takes place in the present day, it's hard to tell what's going on with that.
My only real issue with the film is its pacing. It really didn’t need to be three hours long. This was no Avengers: Endgame. The film is slow, especially the second time I watched it was a little hard to get through. I also found the film a little predictable. It was still interesting to see it all unfold, but I already knew what was going to happen before it happened.
As a diehard Marvel fan who usually doesn’t like any DC movies, I really loved this movie. This was one of those movies where you forget you are watching a movie, where you get sucked into the story. It has been a while since a film has made me feel like that and I really enjoyed it. I feel like this film is good even if you don’t know anything about Batman. I don’t know if you will enjoy it if you aren’t into superhero movies, but it is definitely good for people trying to get into them.