I was able to watch an early screening in order to bring you this THE BATMAN Parents Guide. All opinions are my own.
Even though I am a longtime fan of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series starring Christian Bale, I went into this movie completely open and ready for Robert Pattison to blow me away. He is very talented I never doubted that would be able to fill this role. He has been able to adapt to a variety of different roles and he exceeded every expectation I had. Now having watched the movie, I wouldn’t be able to see anyone else fill the role as well as he did. He had big shoes to fill, and fill them he did.
THE BATMAN is everything you want it to be and more. Packed from beginning to end with action. A great storyline that is new and intriguing while sticking to its “Batman” roots. It is a dark gritty storyline that doesn’t shield or shy away from reality. It shows Bruce Wayne’s strength and character as well as his weaknesses and emotions that make him human. Colin Farrell did incredible as The Penguin. You won’t recognize him, lol, but he did great! Zoe Kravitz also brought a lot to the story as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. She actually got me to like Catwomen for the first time in a long time.
I also loved the role that Paul Dano plays as The Riddler. (He has been in a lot of roles, but I love him in Knight and Day). He will blow you away with how good he plays crazy in this movie. Read the THE BATMAN Parents Guide below so you know if it would be a good fit for your kids or not.
Overall the movie is absolutely incredible. Well worth the 3 hours. I can’t imagine any one part not being in there. It is just a really great story that twists and twines his past into it while he learns the truth about the city and what it has to do with his family. Robert Pattinson is the new Batman!
I found this about the background of the movie and I felt like I could really see it after I watched it:
Director Matt Reeves wrote the script with Robert Pattinson in mind, not even knowing if he would ever want to be in the movie. After watching Pattinson’s performances and becoming captivated by him, Reeves started to imagine Pattinson in the role at a certain point as he was writing. Pattinson was Reeves top choice because he was “always that version of what I saw in the page. I think of Bruce Wayne as this recluse rockstar in a decaying manor. There’s this part of me that so saw Rob [Pattinson] as that & I had no idea that he would be interested in playing the role at all. I thought what if Rob doesn’t want to play Batman? This would be a disaster”. But Reeves didn’t know that at the same time, Pattinson became fixated on the role of Batman without even knowing the status of the project. Around that time in 2018, Pattinson and The Batman producer Dylan Clark had a general meeting about potential collaborations, with no specific project in mind. Clark: “We’re talking about 20 different things. And then he [Pattinson] starts kind of saying, ‘So what’s going on with Batman?'”. After Reeves finished the script 8 months later, he finally met with Pattinson: “I had to kind of try to imagine what he’d written, and I hadn’t even read the script. I’d come with this pad full of notes.”
THE BATMAN Parents Guide
THE BATMAN is rated PG-13 for strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material
THE BATMAN runs for 2 hours and 55 minutes.
There is one THE BATMAN end credit scene.
Sex & Nudity – 2/10
A nightclub with girls pole dancing (this is in the background and isn’t on the screen long). Shows a girl in her underwear (not in a sexual nature). Shows the main character topless and his scars (male). Shows characters kissing.
Violence & Gore – 5/10
It shows a man getting beaten with a carpet tool. A man with his head duck taped and finger cut off. Shows a man trapped with rats. A brief picture of a man’s face after an attack. Shows a man with a bomb. Shows a character being strangled.
Profanity – 6/10
13+ uses of Jesus and or Jesus Christ, 7+ uses of GD, 1 F*** word, 8+ uses of Bitch or SOB, 10+ uses of hell, 7+ uses of shit, 4+ uses of ass/asshole – overall 50+ uses of profanity throughout the movie. Also use of prick, batshit, and others.
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking – 3/10
It shows people snorting drugs. Talks about “drops” and “dropheads”. Shows alcohol, especially in the club.
Frightening & Intense Scenes – 4/10
There are several intense scenes throughout as expected. Fighting scenes with guns, combat, metal poles.
Overall I would say 12 older for this one because of the violence and profanity. There were several smaller kids (under 10) there that watched the movie – but it is pretty heavy. You may want to screen it first.
TTHE BATMAN comes out in theaters on March 4, 2022
About THE BATMAN
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne.
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 send 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.
THE BATMAN Trailer
Starring alongside Robert Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse”) as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”); Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”); Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” “Westworld”); John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”); Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson
(“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”); and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”).
Reeves (“The Planet of the Apes” franchise) directed from a screenplay by Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Reeves produced the film, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers.