‘The Batman’ Described As ‘Complex’ & ‘Controversial’ Following Test Screening

The film has been compared to The Usual Suspects and Chinatown.

Robert Pattinson The Batman

The Batman has been described as both complex and controversial following a test screening.

Matt Reeves’ brooding and grounded take on The Dark Knight is set to hit cinemas in just over a month. Anticipation for the DC reboot starring Robert Pattinson in the titular role is through the roof, especially after the first official clip was released. The Batman is noticeably different than previous live-action incarnations of The Caped Crusader, with Reeves’ film hoping to highlight the hero’s detective skills and Gotham’s seedy underbelly.

During production, The Batman was endlessly compared to David Fincher’s Se7en, a film that finds a pair of detectives in a dingy, unhinged city trying to find a sadistic serial killer. Now that the film is on the heels of being released, it has been compared to a litany of other films, namely David Fincher’s Zodiac, which focuses on the titular serial killer of the same name. Reeves stated recently that Paul Dano’s Riddler costume was influenced by the Zodiac Killer, so the comparison to the 2007 mystery film seems more than apt.

Taking to Twitter, Awards Ace editor-in-chief Erick Weber revealed that a source of his has seen The Batman. His source compared the DC project to several drama and mystery films, notably The Silence of the Lambs and Zodiac, both films that happen to feature serial killers.

The source also described the film as both “controversial” and “complex”. It was clear from the trailers that the grounded version of Bruce Wayne would put some people off, especially after Batman was last seen battling parademons in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It remains to be seen just how controversial the film proves to be, especially when Weber’s source states that the film will be discussed “endlessly”.

Here is the synopsis for The Batman:

Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

The Batman will hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Erick Weber