The central theme is for Bruce to understand that incarnating revenge is not enough. As he himself says, he is waging a losing action. Gotham City is still in decline, increasingly plagued by delinquent and human pests. This is not a place you would want to live because any trip to the local grocery store would result in at least a 50% chance of being striked/raped/shot/stabbed. And Batman just can’t be everywhere at once – while he is in the process of stopping a brutal punishment, in Gotham someone is left in a pool of blood.
Robert Pattinson has worked hard to get rid of the baggage of playing the human disco ball Edward Cullen in the bloody and gruesome Twilight movies, so I’m more than happy to say that his hard work has paid off. Not once have I linked Pattinson to poncy-McSparkly, just seeing Batman. All the doubts I had about the casting choice were quickly decimated because Pattinson finishs him in the role, and probably my favorite Live-action Batman so far.
Gotham’s thick atmosphere of despair is enhanced by a grungy and dirty soundtrack. Reeves explained how listening to Nirvana inspired the film as it began to make connections between the tragic figure of Kurt Cobain and Bruce Wayne. In an interview with Esquire, he stated, “When I thought’ How do you do Bruce Wayne in a way that’s never been seen before?”I started thinking,’ What if a disaster happens, which is: Wayne sees his parents finished, and this guy gets so withdrawn, we don’t know what he’s doing? Is this guy some kind of capricious, reckless medicine addict?’
Here’s the thing: I think the Dark Knight is a better movie with one of the best performances in memory. The Batman is a much better Batman movie. As much as I love Nolan’s interpretation of the character, something about it has never really seemed like Batman as I know him, while this movie is undeniably Batman, as if straight out of the pages of the comics and printed on film. While it’s certainly not perfect, this portrait of a younger, rougher Bruce is a good start to what will hopefully be a fantastic new Batman adventure series. I can’t wait to see the Batman again when it comes to 4K Blu-Ray, and the idea of a sequel makes me drool.