The Batman review without spoilers: Robert Pattinson can be seen in cinemas as “Batman” from today – Panorama

“The Batman” is in cinemas from today. The three-hour film is dark, epic – and terribly dull. It’s not the fault of actor Robert Pattinson.

Admittedly, the new “Batman” is sexy. And that doesn’t just mean Robert Pattinson’s naked back, which the main actor now and then effectively stretches towards the camera.

In fact, “The Batman”, which can be seen in German cinemas from today (March 3, 2022), impresses with its outstanding visuals. The film remake about the comic character of the same name is deadly chic – but unfortunately also deadly boring and sometimes even to the real shame of others.

“The Batman” review without spoilers: what is the film about?

Right from the start it becomes clear what’s going on: Bruce Wayne aka Batman is on a campaign for justice. Night after night he makes sure that the murderers and criminals of the city of Gotham are stopped. In this film, too, he tries to stop an insane lunatic. “The Riddler” wants to free the city from corrupt politicians and resorts to drastic measures. Batman must intervene to save innocent lives.

However, when he – dressed in his bat costume and with a deliberately heavy, meaningful step – approaches a gang of thugs and murmurs “I am retribution”, it is not only the gangsters who find it difficult not to laugh. Luckily, the taciturn Batman can use his fists to beat his message into the city’s bad guys if need be. What he actually does in the film but less than one would expect.

Bruce Wayne takes on the role of Batman at night to fight crime in the city of Gotham.

Bild: Jonathan Olley, dpa/picture alliance//DC Comics /Warner Bors

Less action, but more meaningless dialogues

Anyone expecting explosions, car chases and gunfights non-stop in “The Batman” will be disappointed. Detective work instead of dull action spectacle is the order of the day and could also work well if it weren’t for this frighteningly boring staging. The dialogue is riddled with run-of-the-mill phrases and pseudo-wisdom found in pretty much every other heroic blockbuster, such as:

  • “Don’t Throw Your Life Away”
  • “You’ve suffered enough”
  • “It will only get worse before it gets better
  • “Retribution doesn’t change the past”
  • “You don’t know what you’re getting into”

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Anyone who expected profound characters and dialogues in the almost three-hour “The Batman” will be disappointed. Because not only does the main protagonist often lack meaningful words (“You think I’m hiding in the shadows. But I’m the shadow”), but also his supporting actors. And that makes it difficult to understand.

On “Catwoman,” for example, someone seems to have gone to extra lengths to create cat-related puns (“Don’t worry honey, I’ve got seven lives”). Commissioner James Gordon, Batman’s friend in the police force, on the other hand, is reduced to a helpless jerk who constantly states the obvious and “What’s that?” in what feels like every scene. asks.

“The Bat and the Cat”: Zoe Kravitz plays Selina Kyle, a powerful thief who supports Batman.

Bild: Jonathan Olley, dpa/picture alliance//DC Comics /Warner Bors

And anyway, the villains of this story don’t have much else to do than either look smart or laugh insanely. As a result, character development hardly takes place at all in the film and if it does, then it’s so forced that the viewer wonders why the film has to be so exaggeratedly long.

Shame about leading actor Robert Pattinson

It’s really a shame that Robert Pattinson is playing this Batman. Not because he lacks acting talent. He can embody internally torn and ambivalent personalities quite well, as he proved in “Remember me”.

But his Batman lacks charisma, credibility and complexity thanks to the weak script. Instead, the dark avenger’s role in this film just feels like an adult version of his “Twilight” character, Edward. In this vampire film series, too, young Pattinson played a bat who is distant, depressed and tired of life. Why he makes the streets of Gotham unsafe as Batman and why he still fights for the good cause in such a life-contempt manner is not really clear. Shame about the potential.

Conclusion on “The Batman”: Much ado about nothing

“The Batman” is a chic and musically top staged action film, which is told in a very lengthy manner and demands from the viewer from minute one to accept many things as simply given. Unfortunately, the impressive cast of actors around Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis and Co. does not come into its own.

Instead, the focus is on tough and even often uncomfortably exaggerated pathetic dialogues to the point of embarrassment. The plot is just as meaningless as the conversations, the basic mood of the film is just as depressing as the eponymous hero himself. You have to like that. Too bad, there could have been more, especially considering the length of the film.

FSK, duration, cast: More information about the movie “The Batman”

  • Publication date: March 3, 2022
  • FSK: from 12 years
  • playing time: 177 minutes
  • Cast (selection): Robert Pattinson (Bruce Wayne aka “Batman”), Zoë Kravitz (Selina Kyle aka “Catwoman”), Paul Dano (Edward Nashton aka “Riddler”)

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