I fell asleep during The Batman

Thoughts from a very tired movie goer

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The Batman has been a hit at the box office so far, making $134 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend

Brendan Wells, Web Editor

While I do keep my Talon content mostly to variety, I tend to thoroughly enjoy writing about pop culture and its many layers, enough to make even the finest onion jealous. The latest thing to have taken the world by storm is Director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, a fresh and modern take on quite possibly the most followed and popular superhero on the planet. With my social media feeds raving and my friends highly recommending, I decided to take a trip to AMC to see what the buzz was about.

 Let’s set the stage. With minimal time remaining in the day, I began the trek in my Batmobile (2015 Volkswagen Jetta) to AMC. The streets that night were ridden with crime (I think I saw a police officer getting gas) and I could tell that the Riddler (My mother telling me to be home at a reasonable hour after I told her id be watching a three-hour movie starting at 10:00 PM) would be scheming up things that I may not have answers too. Conveniently, my YMCA paycheck had also come through that day, so I splurged and bought some popcorn, in turn, eliminating my entire YMCA paycheck. I was locked in, well fed, and eager to see what the hype was about. 

First of all, this is not going to be a serious review. While I love movies and there’s specific films I could write about for hours, I really didn’t take enough in from this movie to give a full rundown and a strong convicted opinion. However, if you are looking for that, I’ll refer you to Ethan Caswell’s article on The Batman, which gives in depth analysis of the film and even a look towards the future of this resurging franchise (located in the entertainment tab, titled “The Batman reawakens DC excitement”). Instead, I’ll be giving you my brief thoughts of specific elements of a film that I probably should’ve paid better attention to. 

Characters– Well here’s where I’m most conflicted. I thought Paul Dano’s Riddler was by far the best part of the movie. A psychotic, deranged killer who truly conflicts the audience, as his motive of exposing Gotham’s incredible corruption and greed is more than valid. However, murdering politicians and bystanders in gruesomely creative fashion pretty much destroys all this dude’s credit. The costuming is something I’ve seen people critique, but I think the Riddler’s look for this movie fits its theme perfectly with its darker shades and minimalistic design. Dano is simply unhinged in this movie, and I believe delivers the second-best Batman villain performance ever, only behind the late, great, Heath Ledger. In a more depressing tone, I was not the biggest fan of Robert Pattinson in this movie. I understand that this movie takes place about two years into Bruce Wayne’s career as Batman, making this probably the youngest we’ve ever seen Batman on the big screen. However, I couldn’t help but find Pattinson as kind of… boring? The black eyeliner and refusal to talk to just about anybody didn’t help his cause for me either. I was accompanied by my friend Gabe when I saw the movie, and he insists that this is just “a different version of Bruce Wayne,” but I’ve always seen the character as a billionaire playboy with enough swagger to carry the film, not a moody, reclusive, annoying young adult who is most likely bumping Pierce the Veil in the Batmobile. Cat woman (played by Zoe Kravitz) and the Penguin (played by Colin Farrell) were highlights for me as well, even though I felt that the Penguin could’ve had a little bit more screen time. 

Setting/screen time/cinematography– This is where I’ll talk about my unfortunate sleepiness while watching this movie. This movie is dark, both figuratively and literally. Gotham is a damaged and broken city, and the color surrounding this film proves it. The costumes, the setting, and the characters can all be described as cloudy, reflected by the overcast weather that covers Gotham throughout most of the film. While I’ll always appreciate cinematography and costuming being just as essential to a film’s theme as the script itself; it kind of created a perfect storm to put me right to bed. While I didn’t fully fall asleep, I’d feel my eyes shutting only to be jarred open by an explosion or maniacal laugh. Upon this realization of my intense tiredness, I came to the conclusion that I’d have to watch the movie again to really take it in the way I’m supposed to, but I’d be lying if I said the 2 hour and 56-minute run time didn’t slightly overstay its welcome. 

Impact– This movie has taken the world by storm, and for me it was pretty clear to see why. Every single young male in America thinks they’re literally Batman right now, myself included. The term “vengeance” has found a home in my friend group, as we often find ourselves uttering it in the lowest most guttural batman voice we can muster. The internet hype surrounding this film is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and the social media era is a large part of this. Popular content creating app TikTok is the largest part of this, however, with movie-goers filming their before and after reactions to the film, usually insinuating that The Batman was a life altering experience and has awakened the Bruce Wayne within them. “Something in the Way,” a Nirvana song from 1991 that is featured in the movie, has largely become its theme song, with it going viral and rising to become one of Nirvana’s most streamed songs ever. All in all, the hype surrounding this movie isn’t unwarranted, and understanding where it comes from after seeing the movie makes complete sense.

Well, as I’ve previously stated, I didn’t give enough attention to The Batman to formulate a defendable opinion on it. But from what I did collect, the movie is good, but probably not great. In a world oversaturated with bloated and boring superhero movies, this iteration of batman is refreshing; a true crime thriller with exemplary acting performances from most of the characters. While I’m excited to give The Batman a second look, I’ll make sure to enable my true nocturnal bat abilities in order to keep my eyes wide open for all 2 hours and 56 minutes.