I have to admit, I was a bit worried going into The Batman. Not because I didn’t trust Rob to be capable to do Bruce Wayne, but because I thought he might be a better Bruce Wayne than Batman.

Boy, was I wrong. He was a great Bruce. But he was a spectacular Batman!

It was a long time since I saw The Dark Night, and in the meantime, I devoured all Marvel. Infinity war. Endgame. The Multiverses, the grandiose battle of Universe vs the Earth, I got used to the entertainment and mind-numbness it provides. For a few minutes of The Batman, I’m ashamed to say, I thought, wait, fighting the subway punks after we fought universes?

I forgot Batman is a detective story, and I forgot how much of an art the Batman franchise is. You almost feel embarrassed you liked Avengers when you exit the theater. Am I that lame?

And how much of an artform this installment is; there will probably never be another Dark Night, Bale, Ledger, and Nolan, BUT Pattinson, Reeves, and the rest of the cast and crew created a “close to perfect superhero film that nips at the heels of the untouchable The Dark Knight.” – Dwight Brown.

What struck me most is how uncomplicated this Batman is. As uncomplicated as is Robert Pattinson. He’s real, dark, uncomplicated, devoted to his quest; we don’t see his life aside from his crusades. I didn’t mind it, yes we all want to see Bruce Wayne kiss someone, especially if it’s the most stunning creature alive opposite to him in the form of Zoe Kravitz, but I didn’t mind that he didn’t, really.

This Batman seemed perfectly fitted in the times we currently live in. He’s not perfect. He’s a process, not healed from his trauma, but he carries it with him, unresolved, in his pocket to deal with it later; there are more pressing matters at hand. He’s uncaring, brooding, his gadgets are faulty, his Batmoble is not running perfectly, his bike is unreliable; at first, I didn’t understand it. As I told you, my eyes are still a bit blinded by years of Marvel; but on the second watch (yes I sat through 6 hours of The Batman), I understood that Rob, Mat,t and the crew understood their assignment.

This Batman understood the assignment. Rob brought all his ammunition to this role.

Everyone keeps saying Robert Pattinson prepared for 14 years for this role. All that he did so far is to get him here. When I first heard the news that he’s the new Batman, my love for Bale’s perfect performance wouldn’t allow space for Rob. I thought, ok, he will just be this generation’s Batman. But he’s almost as good as Bale, he is one of the two best Batman’s. He’s majestic, edgy, he’s not copying anyone, he brought his persona to the role, and he (and Matt Reeves) Brough the somber messiness of today’s world into its whole aesthetics and tone.

The actors are, wow, just brilliant. Zoe brings some lightness into a pretty dark story, her face is made to play Catwoman, and their chemistry is palpable. John Turturro, “works the screen in a way only DeNiro or Brando could duplicate.” – Dwight Brown. And the rhapsody Colin Farrell created with The Penguin must be seen.

The way the three actors play the interrogation scene shows the intimidating opulence of their talent. “A scene in which Batman and Lt. Gordon furiously interrogate Oz features acting so fiery and accomplished it underlines Pattison, Wright, and Farrell’s brilliance.” – DB.

What stayed with me after leaving the theater is how current in tone this movie is. Many times we are subjected to art that misses the tone or has nothing particularly wrong with it, but it feels out of touch; Batman is so in sync with the apocalyptic, hopeless world that we’re currently witnessing, it’s raw, honest, humorless, melancholy, yet gives a strange feeling of aspiration.

Robert Pattinson fully understood this assignment.