Top Six Reasons Batman Impressed You

Matt Reeves’ newest installment of Batman impresses audiences with new storyline


Graphic by Natasha Castanedo.

As the second biggest pandemic debut, “The Batman (2022)” has made a big box office record for Warner Bros and has garnered positive reviews from both critics and audiences.

Now, let’s look back at some of the most memorable parts of this major motion picture.


6. The Narration

This was the first time a live action Batman film used narration. It threw me off at first but then I remembered that there is narration and inner monologues in Batman comics as well. The way it pushed Bruce’s arc by being in one of the more powerful scenes near the end of the movie is a beautiful feature of its story.

5. Batman Struggling to be Bruce Wayne

The filmmakers showed how realistic a Bruce Wayne character would be. If a young 28-year-old billionaire existed and was barely out in the public because of his secret vigilante escapades, he would act as awkward as Bruce did in this movie.

4. Alfred Pennyworth Trained Bruce

There was a quick line in the movie that Alfred made referring to how he taught Bruce to fight. The only previous Batman movie that explored Bruce’s training was “Batman Begins (2005),” so I was surprised to learn that Alfred of all people trained Bruce how to fight when you take into consideration how brutal Batman is in this movie.

3. The Penguin as a Crime Lord

The last time we saw The Penguin was when he was played by Danny DeVito, 30 years ago in “Batman Returns (1992).” While DeVito’s performance was good, his portrayal of The Penguin was far more of a creature than a human. This adaptation of The Penguin, played by Colin Farrell, was more like a mobster than the last one we saw on the big screen. He also brought some levity to the dark tone of this movie.

2. Paul Dano as The Riddler

What could be a more terrifying villain performance than Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker from “The Dark Knight (2008)?” A serial killer leaving very puzzling clues played by the frighteningly superb actor Paul Dano. Dano has been known to portray unique individuals in lesser known films, so it was a delight to see him play as the well-known comic book villain, The Riddler.

1. The Cinematography

A movie without a cinematographer can look far less professional than it actually is. Photography director Greig Fraser used his techniques to make this motion picture the best looking Batman film we’ve ever seen. The way he composed the shots to look like a modern noir proves that he understands the classic tone of Batman comics.