The Batman
2022
**½
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell

It’s only 10 years since Christian Bale wrapped up the Dark Knight trilogy and 5 years since Ben Affleck last played the Caped Crusader in Justice League. Both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are rumoured to play the character in the upcoming DC Extended Universe releases. And let’s not forget that young Bruce Wayne also featured in Joker. Now Robert Pattinson puts on the batsuit for yet another Batman franchise, which is not connected to anything listed above. This stylish and assured but insanely long comic book movie fails to answer why the world needs another version of Batman? Once again, Bruce Wayne attempts to come to terms with the assassination of his parents, while a mysterious criminal known as the Riddler is eliminating the corrupt officials of rain-drenched Gotham City. Matt Reeves’ epic is even darker than Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, at least visually; I can remember just one scene shot in daylight.