Early Reactions for Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Are In

After the review embargo for 'The Batman' lifted on Monday, people flooded social media with praise for Matt Reeves' take on the Caped Crusader.

Robert Pattinson attends a special screening of The Batman

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Robert Pattinson attends a special screening of The Batman

The early reactions to The Batman are in, and they’re spectacular.

Directed and co-written by Matt Reeves, and starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, the film stands alone from past iterations. Here, a young Bruce Wayne is in year two of his life as a masked vigilante when he must confront the mysterious Riddler, played by Paul Dano. After the review and reaction embargo lifted at noon on Monday, people who have already seen the film flooded social media with praise for this latest take on the DC superhero. 

Erik Davis of Fandango called it a “ferocious detective drama punctuated by moments of incredibly visceral action,” while Next Best Picture editor-in-chief Matt Neglia compared it to David Fincher’s Se7en, and called it “epic, dark, and thematically rich.” 

Reeves’ direction is getting a lot of the early praise, while Alex Stedman’s review for IGN highlights Zoë Kravitz and Paul Dano for their takes on Catwoman and Riddler, respectively. A.V. Club critic A.A. Dowd offered huge compliments to Michael Giacchino’s score, which he said is “somehow in the same league as the operatic themes Danny Elfman once lent the franchise.” The early Rotten Tomatoes score sits at an impressive 96 percent from 71 reviews, with critics raving about the moody new take on the character.

#TheBatman RT score has now increased to 96% from 71 reviews. pic.twitter.com/Kn7osJy3Nn

— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) February 28, 2022

Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub called it “unlike any Batman movie you’ve seen,” fully justifying its intimidating 176-minute running time. “The 3-hour run time allows scenes to breathe,” he added. “No quick cuts. No wasted moment.” Erick Weber of Awards Ace, meanwhile, called The Batman “the most artistically stunning CBM [comic book movie] ever made.” 

Also starring in the film is Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot. 

The Batman hits theaters on Friday, March 4. 

Check out some notable early reactions below.

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 pic.twitter.com/SreOnnFnHC

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 28, 2022

The Batman is unlike any other Batman film before it. The plot is grounded in reality, even more so than Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. #TheBatman is more of a detective story rather than a superhero film. The cast is v. good with Colin Ferrell & Paul Dano being the film’s MVPs. pic.twitter.com/quMsytlbt6

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) February 28, 2022

Matt Reeves has made THE definitive BATMAN film with THE BATMAN. Think of Se7en but set in Gotham. Robert Pattinson’s eyes are so intense & observant under the black cowl while Michael Giacchino’s score is a grand & haunting masterwork. An epic, dark & thematically rich neo-noir. pic.twitter.com/wAFexaPYEF

— Matt Neglia @Cannes (@NextBestPicture) February 28, 2022

WOW. #TheBatman is the BEST crafted Batman film of ALL TIME. Robert Pattinson is PERFECT for the role & Matt Reeves’ direction shines with all departments firing on all cylinders. A masterful technical achievement that becomes one of the greatest comic book movies of all time pic.twitter.com/ROIOCKExkQ

— Diego Andaluz (@thediegoandaluz) February 28, 2022

It’s like Year One and Long Halloween had a baby in an alternate universe. I loved Pattinson’s Batman, the way he moves, slow and willful. Colin Farrell is AMAZING. (Dude was Tom Hardy before Tom Hardy.) And the sound is unreal. I felt the Batmobile in my chest. #TheBatman

— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) February 28, 2022

Matt Reeves #TheBatman 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. #TheBatmanMovie pic.twitter.com/rLCzPG5OYK

— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) February 28, 2022

It’s unlike any Batman movie you’ve seen. The 3-hour run time allows scenes to breathe. No quick cuts. No wasted moment. The film pulls you in from the opening scene and doesn’t let go till the final credits play. I cannot recommend this film enough. pic.twitter.com/goDHgzx5ti

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 28, 2022

#TheBatman 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 @m_giacchino!! pic.twitter.com/SZSDbvvMcU

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) February 28, 2022

Cinema of a spectacular order, #TheBatman’s the most artistically stunning CBM ever made, Matt Reeves wows with a sprawling detective tale showcasing the magnificence of Greig Fraser, bathing Gotham in an amber glow, Robert Pattinson owns the brooding Batman, WB has a winner—9.5 pic.twitter.com/FpZN7oVNBG

— Erick 𝕄𝕄𝕋 Weber 🎥 (@ErickWeber) February 28, 2022

The Batman is the gripping, gorgeous detective story that Bruce Wayne deserves.https://t.co/aqq4T5YBrl

— Alex Stedman (@a_sted) February 28, 2022

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