Twilight’s bat boy becomes The Batman, steals show

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Anesa Nevzadi, Staff Writer

DC’s new, highly anticipated film, “The Batman” has drawn film lovers from many different genres that might not be expected. After the news was released that Robert Pattinson was set to play Bruce Wayne in the film, Twilight fans began to rally for the film alongside the usual DC lovers. In just its opening weekend, the film grossed 128.5 million dollars.

Pattinson earned his first bouts of fame by appearing in Twilight Saga as the beloved vampire, Edward Cullen. Fans of the series were quick to point out the irony in his career beginning with him playing a bat and progressing to him playing the Batman on a much larger scale.

Despite the jokes, Pattinson absolutely stole the show with this role. What really sets Pattinson’s Batman and Bruce Wayne apart from the others before him is the muted and solemn tone of his adaptation. He doesn’t rely too much on the theatricals of the suit or the classic deep voice, but rather expresses emotions through his facial expressions. He has been praised on social media for his ability to emote through his eyes. Alongside Nirvana’s “Something In the Way” which plays during his entrance and exit of the film, Pattinson secures a mysterious ambiance around his version of Batman.

The movie revolves around Batman as he tries to uncover the true identity of the Riddler, who is behind the cryptic trail of greeting cards and killings throughout Gotham. On his mission to seek out the Riddler, played by Paul Dano, Batman encounters Selina Kyle, or Catwoman, played by Zoë Kravitz who becomes his companion for the duration of the movie. The two discover just how far the Riddler’s plan really reaches and they must work together to bring justice to Gotham.

I am giving The Batman 4 out of 5 stars because even though it has certain downsides such as some plot holes, a very lengthy 175-minute duration, and sketchy writing at times, it has so much good to offer. Though the superhero movies stem from comic backstories, this Batman film was much more deep, dark, and introspective in a way that allowed it to pursue complicated subject matters while still having the action-packed film people interested.

  The combination of excellent direction by Matt Reeves, breathtaking cinematography by Greg Fraiser, and the cast of seasoned actors make this film stand out from many of the other Batman films that precede it. I’d recommend that everyone watch this film with Dolby Atmos so the outstanding soundtrack can be experienced in the best way possible. I cannot wait to see what else DC has in store given the Joker cameo at the end of the film.