The famed cape crusader returns in a dark, twisted, and insane reboot, making this the most realistic take on Batman since 2005's "Batman Begins." Coming off of the rebooted "Planet of the Apes" trilogy, Matt Reeves brings us an incredible new story of Batman by incorporating real-life crimes such as the Zodiac killings and the famed murders of Jack the Ripper to give us the scariest and suspenseful Batman film to date. Gotham City looks incredible, thanks to the set designs and the gorgeous cinematography by Greig Fraser. Reeves direction and Fraser's cinematography turn Gotham City into the worst place anyone can live in by turning it into a character through its atmosphere and scenery, making it the best depiction of Gotham City to date. Robert Pattinson is fantastic as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Pattinson's take on Batman is a masked vigilante who has only been doing this for a short time and is trying to figure out how to be seen as a hero in the eyes of Gotham City, and Pattinson knocks it out of the park. Paul Dano delivers a chilling and terrifying performance as Edward Nashton/The Riddler. Inspired by the Zodiac killer, Dano's take on The Riddler leaves a ghostly presence that will mess with you psychologically and not counting the Joker. His interaction with Batman makes him the best villain Batman has ever fought. Zoë Kravitz is excellent as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and her chemistry with Robert Pattinson is incredible. The remainder of the supporting cast all give great performances as their respective characters, including Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, John Turturro as mob boss Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin. Inspired by the classic Batman stories "The Long Halloween" and "Batman: Year One," "The Batman" is an outstanding film that earns its three-hour runtime and catapults Robert Pattinson into the conversation of the best actors to play Batman/Bruce Wayne alongside Christian Bale and Michael Keaton. Thanks to Matt Reeves's fantastic direction, Grieg Fraser's gorgeous cinematography, Michael Giacchino's outstanding score, and the incredible performances from Pattinson, Dano, Kravitz, Wright, Turturro, Sarsgaard, Serkis, and Farrell, "The Batman" is a fantastic first chapter of this brand new version of Batman and the best Batman film since 2008's "The Dark Knight."
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