Vigilante, Detective, or Superhero? A Look Into Pattinson’s Batman

Robert Pattinson as Batman. Photo by Warner Bros.

By Elena Key // Staff Writer

Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Batman will be the staple of the superhero’s persona from now on.

The acting, cinematography, and sound design captivated the audience and brought them into the city of Gotham. 179 minutes, almost three hours, breezed by when watching the film.

From the opening scene, the audience is viewing the world from a perspective that isn’t theirs. There was arguably not a moment of boredom throughout the movie. 

The Riddler, a villian within the Batman universe, constantly keeps you wondering what his next move is and how it will play out. Not only does he play with the characters within the film, but also the audience in a twisted psychological and emotional way. 

The Riddler’s attacks, in essence, reminded me of the “Saw” saga due to the complexity and meaning behind each of them. Each puzzle that the Riddler left for Batman kept me on edge trying to figure out what his next move was. 

The pace of how the Riddler strikes is not rushed, enough time passes between his attacks for the audience to focus on a different part of the plot before he makes his way back into the story. 

Kravitz and Pattinson. Photo by Warner Bros.

In terms of the chemistry between Catwoman and Batman, their dynamic was instantly seen with their first encounter on screen, showing how they in a way understand each other without needing to speak to one another. 

The physical tension and attraction between the two takes over once they are in their first fight scene. Although this scene was powerful in solidifying their chemistry, I don’t think it should have moved to anything after that during this film. 

As the film progresses, so does the relationship between the two. The first romantic physical interaction, if any, should have happened in the end and not during their conversation at the Bat-Signal. 

Regardless, seeing the dynamic between the two is important for Batman’s story. If it was not seen, it would leave him as the typical hero without emotions. 

Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. Photo by Warner Bros.

The Batman is typically seen to work alone, but the partnership between him and Commissioner James Gordon also shows that he needs help from others in order to do his part. The trust and respect between the two characters is one that is fundamental to the character development of Batman.

Pattison’s acting was perfect as both Batman and Bruce. There was an evident difference in personality between the two, but still had the same core when portraying both sides of the hero. 

Visually, the movie is primarily dark, but it is exactly what is needed for Gotham. The cinematography was absolutely captivating. The sound design also established the eerie feeling of the movie. 

Meanwhile, the choreography of the combat scenes in the film were well done and felt immersive. 

Seeing the human aspect of Batman; his mistakes, his emotions, and his thought process shows the reality of being a hero. Showing how the suit or the strength doesn’t make the hero but rather the person behind the mask brings the film to another level.

Personally, this movie is one of the best DC movies by far. The ending leaves an opening to the possibility of future Batman films.

Overall, I would give this movie 4.5/5 stars.