For many, the first truly notable film of 2022 is here. Yes, The Batman from Matt Reeves is now in wide release, riding a wave of huge buzz, strong reviews, and genuine excitement. Of course, like with any movie the masses are taking in, opinions diverge. While it does seem like the movie is blowing folks away, some of been left cold by it. Today, we want to know where you stand. So, our fairly obvious Awards Radar Community Question for the weekend is as follows: if you’ve seen The Batman, what did you think of the flick? Consider this an open forum for your response.
This is what I had to say about The Batman in my rave review:
We have seen Batman in a number of incarnations on the silver screen. Tim Burton had a gothic and moody take. Joel Schumacher had a campy one. Christopher Nolan had a grounded yet epic take. Zack Snyder had a bleak and dark one. Now, it’s Matt Reeves‘ turn, and he’s managed to find something else entirely. The Batman is a blockbuster action film, sure, but it’s not just that. It’s also, and arguably more so, a police procedural. Reeve is imagining the Dark Knight in perhaps his truest form, which we’ve never quite seen in a movie form. In doing so, this is something special and very different for the genre.
The Batman presents us truly for the first time with a cinematic interpretation of The World’s Greatest Detective. This version of the character is as much a sleuth as a superhero. It’s a new feel for this type of film, giving it a weight that never feels overly grim, even if it’s probably the most serious of the lot. By feeling like a cross between SAW, Se7en, Zodiac, and the darker comic book takes on the character, we’re given a full meal. The movie looks at Batman as though he’s closer to a literary figure, given respect and a reality. There’s some of what Nolan did so well here, but it’s also very much blazing its own trail.
As you’ll hear on the next episode of the Awards Radar Podcast, Myles and Steve are fans as well. Listen for the full details then, but if you agree with them, don’t be shy about letting us know. On the flip-side, if it was a letdown or a disappointment in some way, do tell us as well. Either way, it’s what everyone is talking about, so don’t miss out!
Now, it’s your turn to chime in. We’re all ears (and eyes) to find out what you thought about The Batman. Whether it’s a positive take or a negative one, be sure to let us know your take…
What did you think of The Batman? Let us know!