The Batman: Where does Robert Pattinson's take on the Caped Crusader rank?
While there are many aspects to the nearly three-hour film to tackle, the most pressing topic has been whether Pattinson's portrayal does the role justice.
Matt Reeves' flick follows the second year of the Caped Crusader's attempt of ridding crime from Gotham.
But unlike the various other iterations of Batman, this one is almost unrelentingly dark.
Mentally and physically worn from his crimefighting, the reclusive billionaire solely descends into madness by becoming increasingly violent, withdrawn, and unstable.
Pattinson's portrayal of the complicated superhero is a complete opposite to his normal, more relaxed roles and yet somehow he's mastered it.
From the reclusive Bruce Wayne to his dark counterpart, the masked vigilante, Pattinson aptly delivers on all fronts as the new Batman - and dare we say he's the best in awhile?
Fans can't get enough of Robert Pattinson's Batman
We get it. The Batman story isn't one that needs to be told over and over again.
So when it was announced that Pattinson would don the iconic costume, there was some concern. No wonder, since Pattinson was still arguably best known for his role as a lovesick vampire in the Twilight saga.
And others have shown in the past that acting talent is no guarantee of success when it comes to playing this character – ahem, George Clooney.
So it comes as a genuinely pleasant surprise to see Pattinson hands-down dominating the screen for every minute of a three-hour-long movie.
Of course, his riveting costars – from the alluring Zoë Kravitz to the surprisingly terrifying Paul Dano – do their bit too.
Yet for the first time in a long time, fans couldn't keep their eyes off of Batman.
The film leans more into the character's darker side allowing viewers to finally experience the sheer terror Batman would inspire in both enemies and ordinary citizens.
Most importantly, Pattinson is just plain believable, whether as the guarded billionaire or the tormented hero. Not since Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight has a Batman movie, let alone actor, been able to hold audiences attention like this from start to finish.
Kudos to Reeves and Pattinson for being bold enough to push the boundaries with Batman's tale.
With rave reviews and high praise pouring in, it seems a new Dark Knight has emerged.
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