The Batman: How we rated Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader

4 March 2022, 13:08 | Updated: 4 March 2022, 13:15

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The superhero film, starring Robert Pattinson, is released on 4th March. Find out what we know about the film so far and get our review.

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The Batman, which sees Robert Pattinson star as the Caped Crusader has finally been released.

Set in Gotham City, the new film sees Batman survive explosions, car chases and violent fight scenes as he uncovers corruption and struggles with where his public persona as Bruce Wayne ends and secret life as Batman begins.

Watch the trailer here and read on for all you need to know about the film including when it's released, who stars alongside Robert Pattinson and what we think The Batman gets right in our review for the film.

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The Batman is out in cinemas now. Picture: YouTube/Warner Bros. UK & Ireland

When is The Batman released?

The Batman is set for release in cinemas on 4th March 2022. The film was originally planned for June 2021 but had to be pushed back due to setbacks from the pandemic.

Who stars in The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson?

Robert Pattinson takes the leading role in the film, but he appears alongside a star-studded cast. Notably, Zoë Kravitz stars as Catwoman/Selina Kyle in the film, reprising her role from The Lego Batman Movie where she lent her voice as the character. The film also stars Paul Dano as villain Riddler and Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Batman’s ally in the Gotham police department.

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What's our review of The Batman?

Robert Pattinson gives us a unique take on the Caped Crusader, swapping public appearances and cocktail parties for reclusion and journaling. Zoe Kravitz makes for a particularly believable version of Selena Kyle aka Catwoman and the addition of her backstory was greatly welcomed.

Less of a superhero movie and more of a thriller, The Batman forgoes any scenes of Bruce Wayne living in extreme wealth and hardly shows off any of his vehicles or gadgets. Instead it pays more attention to gritty Gotham scenes, gangsters, corruption and the criminal underworld they all inhabit.

At times, film's dark aesthetic and new hero seem somewhat at odds with its at times downright silly dialogue, The Batman was an entertaining blockbuster and a good way to welcome in a new era of the franchise. And who would look down on a film with Nirvana as part of its score?

Zoe Kravitz stars as Catwoman in The Batman
Zoe Kravitz stars as Catwoman in The Batman. Picture: YouTube/Warner Bros. UK & Ireland

What is the plot of The Batman?

The Batman is set in the hero's second year of fighting crime, where the superhero uncovers corruption in Gotham City all while fighting off a serial killer known as the Riddler. Robert Pattinson stars as a 30-year-old Bruce Wayne, a billionaire socialite early in his crime fighting career who struggles to separate his public life as Wayne and his superhero persona as Batman.

Who directed The Batman?

The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who’s best known for directing Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). The film had originally been tipped to be directed by Ben Affleck, but Reeves later took over, deciding to re-work the story and focus on a younger Batman earlier in his vigilante career.

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When is The Batman set?

The film is set on the second year of Batman's existence when he is still a vigilante.

"It’s very practical, the idea is that [Batman] made it himself,” Reeves said at DC FanDome in August 2020. "It needs to look like he can move, but it’s still evolving. He’s in Year Two of being Batman.”

"It’s early and Batman’s still a vigilante," the directed continued.

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