Batman review – Robert Pattinson’s cloaked crusader has a lot on his mind

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The streets of Gotham City were slick with rain and dirty; defending them is a grueling job. The song Something in the Way by Nirvana plays to better illustrate the point. Back in the Batcave, he changed into a hoodie and dusted off his diary, pushing Kurt Cobain’s greasy curtains out of his eyes as he jotted down his woes.

And that’s just the opening. Not to worry – there’s no shortage of Matt Reeves’ three hours of musing about DC Comics superheroes. Batman movies are usually goofy or sour; the film is in the final stronghold, styled as a neo-noir revolving around rats, moles, and mobs. On the eve of the mayoral election, the incumbent is brutally murdered by an empowered incel type who broadcasts his crimes on social media. When this killer leaves a confusing note for Batman, police lieutenant James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) enlists the help of the city’s unofficial guardian angel to help solve the puzzle. As a stand-alone police procedure, it works well enough, but as a reboot of the franchise, it just isn’t enough to reset.

Zoë Kravitz is in the spotlight as cocktail waitress turned cat thief Selina Kyle. Feline with a wild edge, she stomps thigh-high PVC boots, bonding with Batman over their shared father issues and penchant for fetishwear. As his character puts it, Gotham’s “white bastard” continues to die. Bruce Wayne, the man behind the Batman mask, can be described like this too. R-Patz plays it with interesting vulnerability, a well-meaning philanthropist bent under the weight of white guilt.

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