‘The Batman’: What does Robert Pattinson bring to the character?

Heading into “The Batman,” you might expect to see a movie about the caped crusader taking on the villainous Riddler. And indeed, that is what is happening. Gotham City’s hero battles with a confusing mastermind in Riddler, seeking to save a city and its citizens in a battle of pure good and evil.

“The Batman” isn’t Adam West’s 1966 “Batman” TV show, though. It barely resembles the ’90s “Batman” movies, starring Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney (which featured also the Bat-nipple costume and a dancing Jim Carrey as the Riddler).

In truth, “The Batman” is a throwback to the gritty Batman, an anti-heroic Batman almost as bad as Riddler himself. He’s the Batman we’ve come to know over the past few decades. The comedy, silliness and levity of an earlier Batman era are long gone.

There may be nothing wrong with telling a gritty Batman story – especially since the comic book source material is just as dark, if not darker, than the movies – it’s a potential problem for the Batman franchise as a whole. As Batman grows darker and darker, his hero status is called into question.

If all of the Batman series feel the same, does any one stand out? And, if “The Batman” hopes to stand out, what will be the defining factor of this new movie now in theaters?

What to expect in the new “The Batman”

“The Batman” is not a badly made movie. If you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, then you’ll enjoy “The Batman.”

The film takes a little time to get going and make us understand the world we find ourselves in as we are treated to an exposition of Gotham City’s crime families and underground clubs. We learn how the mob operates in this world, selling drugs and denouncing each other. In many ways, it feels like a missing movie in the Nolan trilogy.

Robert Pattinson – who notably played Edward in the “Twilight” saga – is a very different Batman from the one we are used to. He spends most of the film casting dark and bright glances at the world around him. He hides in the shadows.

He’s definitely a young Batman, still trying to figure out how to be Batman, which is a fun change of pace. It makes Batman, at times, endearing. But he almost doesn’t know who he is, which leads to increased violence for Batman. He’s constantly throwing hay and making bad decisions because he’s still young and naive about the world. This turns out to be the film’s central plot – the arc of Batman learning to control his darkest impulses and become heroic.

Other characters – like Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) and the Penguin (Colin Farrell) – straddle the line between good and evil. Sometimes they help Batman. At others, they seek to bring it down. Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred (Andy Serkis) – who is normally portrayed as the moral center of the world – cannot be trusted in this film. Once again, “The Batman” creates confusion around morality. No one is safe and a moral white knight. Each character lingers in the dark.

And then there’s the Riddler, played by Paul Dano. Although Dano steals the show, he’s the darkest Batman villain to date. He is sick, twisted and demented. It takes the film deeper into darkness, dragging Batman far into the shadows he already lives in.

Dano’s Riddler could be living in the same universe as Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.

And as the villains get darker and the other heroes become untrustworthy, that has an effect on Batman. The more his villains fall into darkness, the more so does Bruce Wayne. When the Riddlers wrap their villains in plastic, it forces Batman to become an ultra-violent hero who delivers heavy punches to thugs in the streets.

Gritty Comic Book Movies and the Dangers They Present

‘The Batman’ having such a dark vibe comes as no surprise as it follows another gritty comic book movie – ‘Joker’.

“Joker” is a film about Arthur Fleck’s descent into madness. He starts out as a goofy comedian trying to make his mark in the world. But his mental health issues become thrown out of whack when he loses his job, finds out he has a father he (maybe) never knew, and no one listens to his issues.

Movies like “Joker” came at a time when mass violence was on the rise. UCLA recently had to cancel classes due to a former professor threatening to shoot a school. A number of historically black colleges and universities received threats on the first day of Black History Month — which came after a number of threats in the days leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Since the release of “Joker,” we’ve even seen rioters storm the US Capitol, breaking inside and destroying one of America’s most illustrious buildings.

‘The Batman’ may not be as dark a film as ‘Joker’. On the contrary, “Batman” may cause people to worry about seeing the same movie again. A darker, more grounded Batman with no realistic villains or storylines – a far cry from the quirky characters we see in the comics.

You see, “Joker” sparked concerns that incels — someone who is involved in an online subculture, who often define themselves as unable to have a romantic partner — would incite violence in movie theaters. movie theater. That didn’t happen with “The Batman.”

Instead, “The Batman” is a sign that darker comic book movies aren’t going away. “Joker 2” appears to be ready for production. Marvel Studios’ “Moon Knight” series might also dip a toe in the darker direction.

And if all movies are dark, can they really stand out?

Mystery and intrigue — a growing trend

“The Batman” is a film based on mystery and detective work, a side of Batman we’ve rarely seen in previous iterations of the character.

‘The Dark Knight’ – the second in Nolan’s trilogy – has come the closest to giving us a Bruce Wayne movie. In this film, Bruce (Christian Bale) seeks to stop the Joker (Heath Ledger) from terrorizing Gotham, so he must use technology and resources to make it happen. We see Bruce fiddling with gadgets, technology, satellites, and an upgraded Batmobile to make it happen.

Ben Affleck’s Batman – seen in “Batman v. Superman” and “Justice League” – is also a bit lighter. He spends time investigating what’s going on with the Darkside villain and the history of the Mystical Boxes.

“The Batman” has a chance to stand out as the most Bruce Wayne of Batman movies yet. Although called “The Batman”, trailers for the film suggest the project is all about solving a mystery, that of the Riddler, which leaves behind clues for Batman to follow. The entire movie seems shrouded in a puzzle of mystery, something only Bruce Wayne will be lucky enough to figure out.

Syracuse University pop culture professor Kendall Phillips told me it’s part of a current trend of mystery stories making a comeback in pop culture consciousness. Movies like “Mystery on the Orient Express,” “Knives Out,” “Scream,” and “Death on the Nile” are great examples of mystery stories coming back into the fold.

“It’s interesting that mysteries have kind of made a comeback,” he said.

“Audiences are craving something that isn’t just action and violence shows, but a mystery thriller,” he said. “It’s not just some kind of cerebral, but maybe something where violence has consequences, isn’t it? It matters.”

Indeed, many comic book movies in the modern era are often a manifestation of violence. The Avengers waltz around town, save the town, but they leave a mess behind. James Bond films are full of violence, gunfire and murder plots that fill the film with blood and bullets.

A mystery thriller has the chance to do something more, Phillips said. The mystery could have ramifications for Batman and Bruce Wayne, giving us a deeper exploration of the character.

“Maybe they’re doing a more intimate version of Batman,” he said. “You can reconnect with the character in a more intimate way.”

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