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Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
DC Comics superhero reboot directed and co-written by Matt Reeves. The Batman (2022) is set in the second year of Batman (Robert Pattinson) fighting crime, and explores the corruption that plagues Gotham City, as well as how it may tie to his own family.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Our scars can destroy us. Even after the physical wounds have healed. But if we survive them, they can transform us. They can give us the power to endure, and the strength to fight.' - Bruce Wayne (The Batman) Click To Tweet
Bruce Wayne: Thursday, October 31st. The city streets are crowded for the holiday. Even with the rain. Hidden in the chaos is the element, waiting to strike like snakes. But I’m there too. Watching. Two years of nights have turned me into a nocturnal animal. I must choose my targets carefully.
Bruce Wayne: It’s a big city. I can’t be everywhere. But they don’t know where I am.
Bruce Wayne: We have a signal now. For when I’m needed. But when that light hits the sky, it’s not just a call. It’s a warning. To them. Fear is a tool. They think I’m hiding in the shadows. But I am the shadows.
Gang Member: What the hell are you supposed to be?
The Batman: [as the thug goes to hit Batman, Batman beats him repeatedly] I’m vengeance.
Lt. James Gordon: [reading from the card left at Mayor Mitchell’s murder site] “From your secret friend. Whoo? Haven’t a clue? Let’s play a game, just me and you. What does a liar do when he’s dead?”
Commissioner Pete Savage: You know, I cut you a lot of slack, Jim, because we got history. But this is way over the line.
Commissioner Pete Savage: [as Gordon shows him the card left for Batman] Wait. He’s involved in this?
Lt. James Gordon: No, he’s not involved.
Commissioner Pete Savage: How do you know? He’s a goddamn vigilante! He could be a suspect!
The Batman: He lies still.
Commissioner Pete Savage: Excuse me?
Lt. James Gordon: The riddle. What does a liar do when he’s dead? He lies still.
Commissioner Pete Savage: [to Batman] This must be your favorite night of the year, huh, pal? Happy f***ing Halloween.
'Fear is a tool. They think I'm hiding in the shadows. But I am the shadows.' - Bruce Wayne (The Batman) Click To Tweet
Bruce Wayne: I wish I could say I’m making a difference, but I don’t know. Murder, robberies, assault. Two years later, they’re all up. And now this. The city’s eating itself. Maybe it’s beyond saving. But I have to try. Push myself.
Bruce Wayne: These nights all roll together in a rush behind the mask. Sometimes in the morning, I have to force myself to remember everything that happened.
Alfred: [referring to the card] The killer left this for the Batman?
Bruce Wayne: Apparently.
Alfred: You’re becoming quite a celebrity. Why is he writing to you?
Bruce Wayne: I don’t know yet.
Alfred: Our accounting friends at Wayne Enterprises are coming for breakfast.
Bruce Wayne: Here? Why?
Alfred: Because I couldn’t get you to go there.
Bruce Wayne: I haven’t got time for this.
Alfred: It’s getting serious, Bruce. If this continues, it won’t be long before you’ve nothing left.
Bruce Wayne: I don’t care about that. Any of that.
Alfred: You don’t care about your family’s legacy?
Bruce Wayne: What I’m doing is my family’s legacy. If I can’t change things here, if I can’t have an effect, then I don’t care what happens to me.
Alfred: That’s what I’m afraid of.
Bruce Wayne: Alfred, stop. You’re not my father.
Alfred: I’m well aware.
The Batman: You don’t trust me?
Lt. James Gordon: You mean like you trust me? It’s been two years now, and I don’t even know who you are, man.
The Twin: Get out of here, freak. You hear me? Or that little suit’s going to get all full of blood.
The Batman: Mine or yours?
Oz: [to Batman] Woh! Take it easy, sweetheart. You looking for me? I see you met the twins. Boy, you’re everything they say, ain’t you? I guess we both are.
The Batman: Don’t make me hurt you.
Oz: You better watch it. You know my reputation?
The Batman: Yeah, I do. Do you?
The Riddler: [the video message left by Riddler] Hello, people of Gotham. This is the Riddler speaking. On Halloween night, I killed your mayor because he was not who he pretended to be. But I am not done. Here is another who will soon be losing face. I will kill again, and again, and again, until our day of judgment when the truth about our city will finally be unmasked. Goodbye!
'Vengeance won't change the past.' - Bruce Wayne (The Batman) Click To Tweet
The Batman: You got a lot of cats.
Selina Kyle: I have a thing about strays.
The Batman: More symbols. It’s another cipher.
Lt. James Gordon: [referring to Riddler] He blasted these out after his message went viral. B****rd murders you and your reputation.
The Batman: [referring to Savage after his murder] Maybe he’s not who you thought.
Lt. James Gordon: You make it sound like he had it coming.
The Batman: He was a cop. Crossed a line.
The Batman: [reading another card left by Riddler] “I’m mad about you. Want to know my name? Just look inside and see. Follow the maze until you find the rat. Bring him into the light, and you’ll find where I’m at.”
Selina Kyle: [over earpiece] Jesus, I hate dropheads.
The Batman: Really? Because when I first saw you, it looked like you were dealing for Penguin.
Selina Kyle: You don’t know what you’re talking about. Can we not do this right now?
The Batman: [over earpiece] You know Carmine Falcone.
Selina Kyle: I told you it’s a mob spot.
The Batman: You didn’t tell me you had a relationship with him.
Selina Kyle: I don’t have a relationship with him, okay?
The Batman: Well, that’s not what it looked like.
The Batman: Riddler’s not after you.
Lt. James Gordon: How do you know?
The Batman: You’re not corrupt.
The Batman: They made a secret deal with this guy. Who knows how many people it touches. Politicians. Police. The courts. It could tear the whole city apart.
Lt. James Gordon: Jesus, this is a powder keg.
The Batman: And Riddler’s the match.
Alfred: [referring to Selina] Pretty. She a new friend of yours?
Bruce Wayne: I’m not so sure.
Alfred: Looks like you upset her.
Alfred: Shall I take this as a good sign?
Bruce Wayne: What?
Alfred: Your attire. Is Bruce Wayne making an actual appearance?
Bruce Wayne: There’s a public memorial for Mayor Mitchell. Serial killers like to follow reactions to their crimes. Riddler might not be able to resist.
'You'd be surprised what even a good man is capable of in the right situation.' - Carmine Falcone (The Batman) Click To Tweet
Bruce Wayne: Alfred, I don’t want your cufflinks.
Alfred: You have to keep up appearances. You’re still a Wayne.
Bruce Wayne: And what about you? Are you a Wayne?
Alfred: Your father gave them to me.
Carmine Falcone: Hey, watch it, fellas. You got the prince of the city there. Some event, huh? Brought out the one guy in the city more reclusive than me.
Bruce Wayne: Thought you’d never leave the Shoreline. Aren’t you afraid someone will take a shot at you?
Carmine Falcone: Why? Because your father ain’t around? Oz, you know Bruce Wayne?
Oz: Wow. Is that right?
Carmine Falcone: His father saved my life. I got shot in the chest. Right here.
Carmine Falcone: [after telling the story of how Thomas saved him] You don’t think that meant something, he did that?
Bruce Wayne: It meant he took the Hippocratic oath.
Carmine Falcone: Hippocratic oath. That’s good.