After Tim Burton (Batman, Batman, The Challenge), Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin), Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Le Chevalier Noir, The Dark Knight Rises), and Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), director Matt Reeves delivers his own version of the masked vigilante. Carried by the dark Robert Pattinson, The Batman was rather well received by the French press, since its average peaks at 3.9/5 (and this for 32 supports).
“The Batman” WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
When a killer preys on Gotham’s elite through a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends Bruce Wayne aka Batman on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters figures such as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, Carmine Falcone and Edward Nashton, aka the Riddler.
WHAT THE PRESS THINKS…
According to CinemaTeaser:
“In a landscape where the ambitions of the superhero genre often appear stricken, Matt Reeves seizes the Batman icon in a radical and imposing gesture.” 5/5
According to Filmsactu:
“Reeves has achieved the feat of directing the best Batman since The Dark Knight, giving a real polish to a universe and characters seen and reviewed, exploring the dark zones of Gotham in a way never seen before.” 5/5
According to Le Figaro:
“Matt Reeves offers a dark and sticky version of Batman. He arrives after the gothic Tim Burton, the heartbreaking Joel Schumacher, and the untouchable Christopher Nolan, but does not just iron the dishes.” 5/5
According to Closer:
“Robert Pattinson delivers a stunning performance, on a par with those of the brilliantly unhealthy Paul Dano as Riddler and the sulfurous and sublime Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.” 5/5
According to Widescreen:
“The Batman is indeed the moving work that we no longer hoped for. Dark, decadent, and totally nihilistic, Matt Reeves’ film deploys a desperate reinterpretation of a Dark Knight who is more political than ever. Its perfect cast and its classy staging provide the imperial setting for an unmissable blockbuster.” 4/5
According to Paris Match:
“Reinventing an icon already magnified by Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan, that’s not the least of the qualities of Matt Reeves. His Batman is sticky and dark in a Dantesque film that dissects the failings of a depressive superhero, camped by a Pattinson minimalist.” 4/5
According to La Voix du Nord:
“No high-tech deluge, just DIY gadgets, and a Mad Max-inspired Batmobile. We’re very much in the vein of 2019’s Joker.” 4/5
According to Telerama:
“(…) finished the inconclusive Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck tandem, a place for a new ticket, much more winning, Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson. Who better than the latter could stick to the gothic universe of the superhero? This role seems made for him. Too much perhaps.” 3/5
According to First:
“More than in his demonstrations of force or his stubbornness to never resemble what preceded him, it is in these somewhat too rare interstices where The Batman is at his best: when he finally decides to show the inner turmoil of his hero instead of theorizing it.” 3/5
According to South West:
“The film embraces a wide range: a “Seven” puzzle, impressive stunts, an extended dramaturgy and human stakes in XXL version.” 2/5