The Batman reviews are in – and they’re stellar. Here’s The Batman reaction from the transatlantic movie press

ZOË KRAVITZ as Selina Kyle and ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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The wait is finally over. Three years since Robert Pattinson was unveiled as DC Comics’ most valuable player, The Batman is out of the shadows and stalking your local ODEON.

By now, the fanboys will already be on their fifth viewing. But if you need a final nudge to book tickets for director Matt Reeves’ new take on the The Dark Knight, The Batman reviews should do the trick. Here’s a taste of The Batman reaction from the UK and US movie press.

How good are The Batman reviews?

The critics have spoken, and their verdict is an emphatic thumbs-up for Matt Reeves’ new Batman movie. Despite dangerously high expectations, there’s been breathless praise for the darkness and drama of this neo-noir epic – here are some of our favourite soundbites from The Batman reaction.

“Matt Reeves’ arrival in the Bat-verse is a gripping, beautifully shot, neo-noir take on an age-old character.”
Empire

“One of these days, Martin Scorsese is going to admit defeat and allow that the best superhero movies are as good as any other immersive drama. Perhaps The Batman will be the straw that breaks Marty’s back. One of the most audacious films of the year. Truly, this is an epic for our times.”
The Standard

“Reeves has created the best iteration of Batman in years, in a film that examines the humanity behind the character. He’s made a detective noir flick that fluently understands the caped crusader’s skills and weaknesses.”
Vox

“It’s not a clichéd origin tale, but it’s still clearly a younger, angier and more vulnerable Batman than we’ve seen before – despite his tough exterior.”
Metro

“With its distinctive look, its intriguing mystery plot, and its pitching of Batman as a symbol fraught with contradictory meaning, The Batman should honestly be a blow-your-hair-back hit.”
iNews

“There were multiple moments here where I had to stop and ask myself, ‘Wow, is this the best Batman movie?’ It just might be.”
Slashfilm

“Sleep easy tonight Batfans, they’ve delivered.”
BBC

“I had almost ridiculous expectations for Matt Reeves’ flick… thankfully, I wasn’t left disappointed. The Batman more than does justice to the character with a different take on the vigilante than evidenced in his previous films.”
The Daily Record

“An outstanding return to form, The Batman delivers on the definitive article in that title – this is a long dark (k)night of the soul that keeps the caped crusader in the spotlight, and is better for it. Talk about a comeback."
Games Radar

"This is the darkest knight yet – a film that has as much in common with David Fincher's Seven as it does with the average comic-book-movie tentpole.”
Total Film

“From the start, this is a gorgeous-looking film with some great moments and an impressive sense of style, that tries to do its own thing and often succeeds.”
Radio Times

“The Batman channels the fears and frustrations of our current political climate, presenting a meaty, full-course crime saga that blends elements of the classic gangster film with cutting-edge commentary about challenges facing the modern world. It’s a hugely ambitious undertaking.”
Variety

What do The Batman reviews say about Robert Pattinson?

Any Batman movie lives or dies on the man in the suit, and Pattinson’s turn as the tortured, bruised, jaw-breaking vigilante stamps out any trace of the willowly heartthrob from Twilight. From the character’s emotional depths to his raw physicality and expertly applied goth makeup, here’s what The Batman reviews had to say.

ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Make no mistake, this is the most emo Batman movie you’ll ever see. That’s meant as a compliment. When Nirvana’s Something in the Way kicks in and the Caped Crusader rips off his mask to reveal Pattinson looking like Gerard Way, with his hair covering his eyes and his makeup running down his face, my 17-year-old self thought, ‘Finally, a Batman I can relate to…”
Wired

“Pattinson excels as Batman, brooding and menacing where appropriate, as he goes on his vengeance-driven missions. His emo-kid black eye makeup and batsuit bovver boots work with the vibe of this more raw character, and the actor amply fills out the iconic suit (and don’t worry, that jawline measures up too).”
Metro

“Pattinson is an inspired choice to bring this haunted, emo-beast-mode version of the character to the screen. There’s an undercurrent of pathos and vulnerability.”
Rolling Stone

“Pattinson is flawless in this gritty, visceral rendition of the Batman. His punches land with the satisfying-yet-skin-crawling cruelty that makes it almost seem like he derives pleasure from breaking bones. The former Twilight actor delivers, without a doubt, the greatest on-screen Batman portrayal of all time. He is scary, intelligent, dangerous. He is the definitive Batman.”
The Express

“Robert Pattinson is, without any doubt, the best actor to wear the Batman suit on-screen and look fully confident and strong in doing so.”
ComicBook.com

“It falls on Pattinson’s leather-cased Batman to be the hero we need, or deserve. With his doleful kohl-smudged eyes and trapezoidal jawline, he’s more like a tragic prince from Shakespeare; a lost soul bent like a bat out of hell on saving everyone but himself.”
Entertainment Weekly

What do the critics say about The Batman villains?

Ever since Jack Nicholson’s unhinged Joker threatened to steal 1989’s Batman from Michael Keaton’s dour Dark Knight, the saga has given us some of our favourite freaks in cinema. With Paul Dano as Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell as Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot, The Batman reviews saluted the latest rogues’ gallery.

ZOË KRAVITZ as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Zoë Kravitz is a highlight as cocktail waitress turned cat burglar Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Feline with a feral edge, she stomps around in thigh-high PVC boots, bonding with the Batman over their shared daddy issues and penchant for fetishwear.”
The Guardian

“Kravitz delivers the role with slinky, milk-sipping elegance, her every entrance telegraphed by the meow of Michael Giacchino’s strings. She brings a sensuality that feels otherwise extinct from the comic-book genre.”
Independent

“Zoë Kravitz proves the perfect Catwoman. Reeves gives her a proper backstory and tells it via seedy nightclubs and abandoned construction sites. Now 33, it’s taken a while for Kravitz to bag a blockbuster co-lead, but The Batman should take her to the next level.”
NME

COLIN FARRELL as Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Our favourite might just be Farrell's Penguin – a seedy, smarmy gangster who feels, perhaps more than any other character here, like they were moulded by the very grime seeping through the pavements of Gotham's seedy underbelly.”
Louder

“Colin Farrell relishes every moment in the heavy prosthetic make-up that turns him into a scarred wiseguy.”
Mashable

PAUL DANO as Edward Nashton/the Riddler in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“As for Dano, his Riddler is easily the best live-action Batman villain since Heath Ledger’s Joker. This is a far, far, far cry from the previous most famous Riddler performance by Jim Carrey, with Reeves putting a modern, murderous spin on the wordsmith that’s heavily influenced by the real-world Zodiac Killer. Dano sinks into this unhinged yet genius killer with terrifying realism. Seriously, Dano managed to give me chills with a single eye movement in one scene.”
IGN

“Paul Dano's talents are a no-brainer for Reeves's IRL serial-killer-psychology inspiration for the villain. Look no further than the underrated prison-drama Escape at Dannemora if you want to know how the man can bundle anxiety, deviousness, and glee into a hot pile of can't-turn-away energy. That talent is on full display in The Batman.”
Esquire

“Dano makes the Riddler as terrifying as he is magnetic… it’s a performance every bit as good as Heath Ledger’s in The Dark Knight, and it’ll haunt your nightmares.”
Digital Spy

What do The Batman reviews say about the supporting cast?

You’ll come for the Caped Crusader and his menagerie of arch-enemies.

But you’ll sink into the world of The Batman thanks to a supporting cast whose discreetly powerful turns glue the movie together.

From Jeffrey Wright’s hard bitten police lieutenant James Gordon to Andy Serkis’s exasperated butler Alfred – not to mention John Turturro as quietly terrifying mob boss Carmine Falcone – The Batman reviews didn’t overlook the ensemble.

JEFFREY WRIGHT as James Gordon and ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Jeffrey Wright's Gordon is the most subtly interesting character in the film. Although he emanates a true good persona that struggles with the heinous acts going on around him, he never loses his edge. A really fantastic addition to the story.”
The Express

“Jeffrey Wright’s Gordon gets plenty of time to shine. He and Batman share a close partnership where they are shown to be true equals and need each other.”
Flickering Myth

“John Turturro is low-key chilling as crime boss Carmine Falcone.”
Roger Ebert

“While Riddler takes centre-stage as a villain, John Turturro’s turn as Carmine Falcone is chilling in a different, completely unnerving way.”
Screen Rant

“The emotional heart of the movie largely comes from Andy Serkis's affecting take on Alfred, who knows what Bruce needs but can't deliver it.”
Digital Spy

“Andy Serkis’ Alfred is a gruffer, tougher Pennyworth than the avuncular butler of previous films, but his sympathy for Bruce and concern about the dark road he’s going down is keenly felt.”
Games Radar

What’s The Batman reaction when it comes to the action scenes?

Rewind to the Sixties and a Batman fight scene meant middle-aged men lightly tussling in leotards while ‘Bosh!’ and ‘Whack!’ garishly filled the screen.

The Batman is a far more feral beast, with the cracked knuckles, strobe-lit beatdowns and shrieking wheelspins making critics wince in their seats.

Just imagine what it’d be like at ODEON IMAX

“Batman might be a proper detective now, but he still gets to show off his fighting skills. Greig Fraser's striking camerawork lets you feel every bruising punch and gunshot, with editors William Hoy and Tyler Nelson eschewing quick cuts. The standout is a corridor fight where the only light comes from muzzle flashes, but you could truly pick any set piece to highlight the excellent craft behind The Batman.”
Digital Spy

“With brutal brawling, a gripping car chase and an array of explosions, the action wows, and while the near three-hour running time might put some people off, it really does fly by.”
The Daily Record

“The Batman’s action set-pieces are thrillingly executed. From a roaring car chase down a steamy, orange-lit highway at night, or a close-range gun battle in a blackout, lit in flashes by exploding bullets in the dark (like a Hong Kong movie on steroids), there is a real sense of spatial intelligence on Reeves’ part vis-a-vis where to put the camera and precisely when to cut.”
iNews

ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Perhaps the most iconic image comes at the end of a Mad Max-esque car chase down the wrong side of a highway. Batman, engulfed in petrol-fuelled flames, emerges from the wreckage and marches in slow-motion towards the camera. It’s spine-tingling stuff.”
NME

“One nighttime car chase, shot through the blur of heavy rainfall and the delirious dance of car lights reflected in windows, takes your breath away. The fights are often shot in long takes that emphasise both the impressive stunt work and the sheer difficulty of being Batman.”
Vulture

“There’s also a car chase more or less halfway through that’s OUTSTANDING and I truly cannot wait to see it again. It feels practical and dangerous and beautifully bombastic, massive clouds of fire behind Batman as he walks away from the colossal explosion he himself has just created.”
BBC

“The fight scenes are a punch above most consequence-free comic-book movie fare. Choreographed and lensed with brutal clarity, they deliver a conscious rejection of impossible superhero athleticism. Instead, this Batman’s a fallible, relatively inexperienced brawler who’s often on the receiving end of as much punishment as he dishes out.”
Total Film

 

According to The Batman reviews, how does this movie compare to the older Bat-films?

Talk about setting a high bar. From Tim Burton’s spidery blockbusters of the early-’90s to Christopher Nolan’s stylish post-millennial reboot, Batman has drawn some of Hollywood’s greatest visionaries. But The Batman reviews leave no doubt that Matt Reeves has twisted the blueprint and often eclipsed his forebears.

ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Where do you go after The Dark Knight? Ben Affleck blew it, and even Christopher Nolan, who brought unprecedented levels of realism and gravitas to that franchise-best Batman saga, couldn't improve on what he'd created in his 2012 sequel. So what is Matt Reeves' strategy? Answer: Go darker than The Dark Knight, deadlier than No Time to Die and longer than Dune with a serious-minded Batman stand-alone of his own.”
Variety

“While the Nolan films attempted a kind of ‘real-world’ version of Batman (and the Affleck appearances made him part of a more superheroic pantheon) this film goes even further down the realistic route, aiming for a down-and-dirty style without the excesses of other recent films in the franchise.”
Radio Times

ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman and ZOË KRAVITZ as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“In the Nolan films the metropolis seems like an afterthought – just a series of set pieces knitted together. It didn’t feel lived in. This one does. There’s a dampness to it, a rot. Old ledgers crumble and flake away. Paint peels off walls. The city pulses with life – it feels bigger than this rookie Batman, liable to swallow him up.”
Wired

“Matt Reeves takes things back to basics, and in doing so produces the darkest – and most compelling – vision of Gotham we've seen yet. It's dark, it's dingy, and it feels genuinely dangerous – a city constantly on the edge of chaos, where you're never more than two steps from a mugging, a gang-beating or a shop heist.”
Louder

ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“This may be the best-looking Gotham City flick of all time. An aerial shot of Batman leading a horde of survivors, emergency flare in hand. A camera strapped to the back wheel of the Batmobile. An upside-down shot of Batman lumbering toward the Penguin…”
Esquire

“Reeves has made the best Batman film since The Dark Knight, with a captivating and rich world that reinvigorates characters we've already seen on screen over and over again.”
Collider

“The story is familiar but instead of blockbuster shine, it chooses to ground itself in neo-noir and detective genres. The Batman simultaneously manages to be far more grounded than Burton’s films, yet it has more style than Nolan’s blockbusters.”
Kotaku

ZOË KRAVITZ as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“Do we really need yet another Batman reboot? The answer, after watching Matt Reeves’ tremendous The Batman, is apparently a resounding yes. The story of the Dark Knight has been told and retold again so many times that you might think there’s nothing left to do with this character, and yet, Reeves and company have crafted a sprawling, ominous, dreamy epic.”
SlashFilm

“Since 1989, five live-action Batmen of varying looks and temperaments have already slunk in and out of our cinemas, and you would be forgiven for wondering if there were any fresh approaches open to a sixth. But director Matt Reeves has come up with a corker of an angle: a sprawling and sinuous urban detective thriller, with the intricately unhinged red-wool-on-corkboard plotting of classic film noir.”
The Telegraph

ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“You thought Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman was realistic? Matt Reeves says ‘Hold my Batarang’. This is a Batman story told with a commitment to reality which instantly distinguishes it from all other films featuring the character. And it works incredibly well.”
io9.com

“This is a Batman that, in many ways, feels more intimate than what we’re used to. Reeves’s version of a car chase is captured, not with cranes and helicopters, but with a claustrophobic POV pinned to the front wheels or the driver’s face, exquisitely and provocatively framed by cinematographer Greig Fraser.”
The Independent

What do The Batman reviews say about the new Batmobile?

One of the joys of a new Batman era is road-testing his new Batmobile. Forget the crustacean shields of the Burton era and the jeep-like Tumbler of the Dark Knight years – this latest Batmobile is pure DIY muscle car, evoking a super-tuned Dodge Charger and pinning audiences to the backs of their seats.

The Batmobile in flames in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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“This is a Batman rooted in some approximation of psychological and physical reality. This isn’t a world of super-folk and alien invaders [and] the Batmobile isn’t a transforming tank, it’s a souped-up muscle car.”
Total Film

“This might be a very different Batman movie tonally and story-wise, but it still delivers the Bat-goods you'd expect, such as the Batmobile. Now a souped-up muscle car to fit the grounded tone, it gets its time to shine in a visceral car chase, with cinematographer Greig Fraser putting you right in the driving seat.”
Digital Spy

“There are retina-singeing set pieces… a car chase between Batman and Penguin climaxes in quite possibly the coolest Batmobile visual ever.”
Louder

“Perhaps most thrilling is the appearance of the Batmobile. The show-stopping pursuit sequence uses the car in thrilling ways.”
Fresh Fiction

“There is also one of the best Batmobile sequences in all of the Batman films as the more grounded Batmobile is still a thing to behold.”
Flickering Myth


 

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