The Batman: A Preview/Review


Cassie Tope, Contributing Writer/Photographer

Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz as cat-women, met theaters March 4th and had a whopping box office opener of $134 million domestically. The second-highest box office open of the pandemic era, right being Spider-Man: No Way Home. This is the first Batman film since The Lego Batman Movie. The movie has a run time of two hours and fifty-six minutes. Thus, naming itself the longest-running Batman movie and the longest for any comic book. The two-hour and fifty-minute run time has been controversial, but Reeves believes “once you see the movie, I think that ceases to be an issue,” he said. “It’s immersive, it takes you along and it keeps you engrossed.” He has tested it with preview audiences and, he added, “by the way, it was once longer.” Reeves directed and co-wrote the film with Peter Craig; the film had taken five years to write. During this film, Batman’s nemesis Riddler terrorizes Gotham city. This film takes a trip in the Riddler’s’ attempt to rid the city of corrupt politicians and predatory gangsters. The Ridler makes Batman reconsider his motivations and role within Gotham. The new movie was written to pursue an emotional arc for Batman, allowing the character to change. Reeves cast Robert Pattinson as the Batman for past performances, he said “I could just feel his desperation, his intensity, and his vulnerability.” Warner Bros Pictures intends to use this release as an opening to other Batman-related films.