Director: Matt Reeves
Matt Reeves has managed to direct the darkest instalment of Batman and create a Gotham that makes you think. Is it possible for Batman to win an already losing battle, even against a foe like The Riddler? The cinematography is spectacular. Greg Fraser makes Gotham look like a city of filth with his constant rain. When you see powered lights, they are blurred from cars and street lights, and even the Bat-signal fits the style. The movie’s tone is bleak from the get-go. The majority of the film is set at night, and the criminal aspect is at its lowest, but do go watch the movie to understand how bad things are in Gotham.
Every performance from our main players was incredible. Robert Pattinson gave a brilliant performance as Bruce Wayne and Vengeance (he hasn’t earned the title of Batman yet). Paul Dano as The Riddler was one for the history books. His performance disturbed people but fascinated audiences and was a hit with critics. Michael Giacchino created a truly epic score for the main character. Other songs in this movie also stand out. Something In The Way by Nirvana really helps set the dark, gritty, and depressing tone, and Ave Maria gets used as The Riddler’s theme, with its unsettling tones perfectly complimenting the actor. From what we see in the movie, the batsuit is memorable. The suit is bulletproof and shockproof. Selina’s leather one-piece and cut-out beanie help give her a realistic-looking catsuit. The Riddler’s military mask and weather coat with a white riddler symbol on the left pocket give him a unique feel compared to the comic version. If you’re a huge Batman fan, you won’t feel this movie’s 3-hour runtime as the film is more interested in being a detective story than an action flick with a twisted sense of humour and fantastic setpieces like the car chase that we’ve seen parts of in the three trailers.