Not even 24 hours after revealing the score, The Batman was already certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 87% after 171 reviews. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is still on top of the live-action Batman franchise with 94%, but The Batman is sharing second place with The Dark Knight Rises, which also holds a score of 87%.
Most reviewers praised the movie’s dark tone and the focus on Batman’s detective abilities. Popular YouTuber Chris Stuckmann praised the movie and Pattinson’s portrayal of the titular hero, saying it’s time for people to move on from Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen in Twilight saga, which many opposers brought up when Pattinson was cast as Batman.
IGN’s reviewer Alex Stedman gave the movie a perfect score — 10/10. She praised the movie’s narrative and performances, particularly Paul Dano’s as Riddler and Zoe Kravitz’s as Catwoman. You can read the verdict of the review down below:
“The Batman is a gripping, gorgeous, and, at times, genuinely scary psychological crime thriller that gives Bruce Wayne the grounded detective story he deserves. Robert Pattinson is great as a very broken Batman, but it’s Zoe Kravitz and Paul Dano who steal the show, with a movingly layered Selina Kyle/Catwoman and a terrifyingly unhinged Riddler. Writer/director Matt Reeves managed to make a Batman movie that’s entirely different from the others in the live-action canon, yet surprisingly loyal to Gotham lore as a whole. Ultimately, it’s one that thoroughly earns its place in this iconic character’s legacy.” — Alex Stedman, IGN
You can check some other reviews down below:
“The Batman gets to the heart of the character while maintaining his humanity. The film is grounded as it explores the depth of corruption in Gotham, while exhibiting the vigilante’s skills as an intelligent detective. Reeves and his team have crafted a Batman film that offers a different side to the hero audiences have come to know and love. With exhilarating action scenes, a layered story, and poignant, in-depth characterization, The Batman is a worthy addition to the live-action DC slate.” — Mae Abdulbaki, ScreenRant
“I’ve seen #TheBatman and it is a ferocious detective drama punctuated by moments of incredibly visceral action. Matt Reeves’ direction is dark, deep, intense & flooded w/ instantly iconic imagery. A live-action BATMAN movie unlike any we’ve seen. Brilliant & badass. BIG recommend.” — Erik Davis
“The Batman is like a living, breathing graphic novel come to life. It’s grounded in realism like the Nolan films yet drenched with a neo-noir pulp that captures the comic book vibe of Batman better than anything since the animated series. [Matt Reeves] understands Bats.” — Chris Killian
“The Batman is a visceral, good movie. Matt Reeves mashes several Batman stories into a raw, real take for an epic detective noir. An impressive, lengthy cinematic journey. Brilliant visuals. Repetitive, revolving door of locations. Tremendous music from Michael Giacchino!!” — Brandon Davis
“Matt Reeves The Batman FINALLY gives us the most comic accurate portrayal of the DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE in film. The movie to me is an homage to the great Batman writers like Denny O’Neil, Frank Miller, and Jeph Loeb. Pattinson did the homework and delivered.” — Umberto Gonzalez
Popular DC cosplayer Lis Wonder also praised the movie with these words:
“For those asking: I give it 10/10 #TheBatman Year 2 of Batman is raw, emotional, realistic, and violent…What a Batman! Robert killed it 🔥The Penguin & the Riddler were AMAZING! Selina was portrayed as it always should have been! WATCH IT ON THE BIG SCREEN!!! WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!” — Lis Wonder
Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell, The Batman is set to land in theaters on March 4, 2022.