The Batman (2022)

The Batman is a 2022 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. Produced by DC Films, 6th & Idaho, and Dylan Clark Productions, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film was directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig.

The Batman premiered at Lincoln Center in New York on March 1, 2022, and was theatrically released worldwide on March 4.


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Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

  • Rating: PG-13 (Some Suggestive Material | Drug Content | Strong Disturbing Content | Strong Language | Strong Violent Content)
  • Genre: Crime, Adventure, Drama, Action
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Producer: Dylan Clark, Matt Reeves
  • Writer: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zöe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson, Con O’Neill, Barry Keoghan, Gil Perez-Abraham, Peter McDonald, Alex Ferns, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kosha Engler, Janine Harouni
  • Release Date (Theaters): Mar 4, 2022  Wide
  • Release Date (Streaming): Apr 19, 2022
  • Box Office (Gross USA): $134.0M
  • Runtime: 2h 56m
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Critic reviews for The Batman

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Batman holds an approval rating of 85% based on 426 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “A grim, gritty, and gripping super-noir, The Batman ranks among the Dark Knight’s bleakest – and most thrillingly ambitious – live-action outings.”

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 72 out of 100 based on 68 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an 87% positive score (with an average 4.5 out of 5 stars), with 71% saying they would definitely recommend it.

Ultimately, this Batman accepts the thankless, death-defying role he’s stepped into, and the sacrifices that go with it. But that choice would be more compelling if it weren’t framed as a tacit acknowledgement of all the inevitable sequels to come… Full Review

Adam Nayman The Ringer

The movie’s inability to imagine its superheroes and supervillains with any meaningful psychological identity is of a piece with the failure to imagine ordinary people with any degree of individuality. Full Review

Richard Brody New Yorker

It’s not too surprising that this is Reeves’s film, since the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy is among the most rich, complex, and well-crafted franchises in cinematic history. Full Review

Alissa Wilkinson Vox

I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not the Nolan movies, but for heaven’s sake better than Affleck…I think Pattinson does a good job with it. Full Review

Mark Kermode Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review

It left me curious as to what’s to come next. It’s got that power, speed and strength to it… Full Review | Original Score: B

tt stern-enzi WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)

Reeves, Pattison and the talented cast and crew have created a crime/action/drama extraordinaire. A close to perfect superhero film that nips at the heels of the untouchable The Dark Knight. Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Dwight Brown National Newspaper Publishers Association

Robert Pattinson shuts all his haters up with a vulnerable and terrifying performance in Matt Reeves’s The Batman. Full Review

Noëlle D. Lilley Chicago Reader

(Matt Reeves) transcends the clichés with a masterful, often tense and noir-as-night twist on the mythology that ranks with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight as the best of all the Batman movies. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Cary Darling Houston Chronicle

As a standalone police procedural, it works quite well, but as a franchise reboot it’s not enough of a reset. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Simran Hans Observer (UK)

When it comes to elevated powers, The Batman has a rare one: it is not a super hero movie. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Stephen Romei The Australian

An emotional, noir, David Fincher-esque take on the iconic character. Full Review

Anupama Chopra Film Companion

It’s not the grand synthesis Reeves may have hoped for, nor can all the villains put together live up to Heath Ledger’s Joker. But if you’re after a full meal of a movie, you shouldn’t leave feeling hungry. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Jake Wilson The Age (Australia)

Wants to be critical of Batman as a vigilante who uses excessive force and use the Riddler to comment on white male radicalization, which may actually feel newly relevant after the freedom convoy, but the points don’t land as hard as Batman’s fists. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Radheyan Simonpillai CTV’s Your Morning

Beneath the rubber ears, he’s all granite-chinned and haunted eyes. Off duty, he’s a tragic, wan, raccoon-eyed Bruce Wayne. He hurts. He suffers. And that’s OK, because his Batman is the tense center of a whirl of well-cast characters. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Thelma Adams AARP Movies for Grownups

Although it does disappointingly go over the top on occasion, there’s just too much depth and style to The Batman for it to be anything other than a success. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

… Just because it’s grim doesn’t mean it’s a drag: this is exhilarating filmmaking on every level. Full Review | Original Score: B+

Kimber Myers Crooked Marquee

W hat’s wacky, woke and cast like an indie movie? Answer: this Batman reboot. Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Charlotte O’Sullivan London Evening Standard

This is only the beginning of a run of new Batman tales. The best thing is, it makes us want to see what happens next in this dark and angry place. Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Peter Howell Toronto Star

Reeves’ bold and enthralling The Batman marks a radical shift in direction, even from Christopher Nolan’s (comparatively) more grounded trilogy. Full Review

Richard Whittaker Austin Chronicle

When the villain here says ‘we’re not so different’, it actually carries weight. Pattinson’s Batman is a despondent, disturbed, destructive presence. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Adam Kempenaar Filmspotting

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