The Batman (2022) – Ultra HD 4K Review


Directed by Matt Reeves.
Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell.


Matt Reeves somber-and-sand Batman comes in 4K with as great a presentation as you’d expect, along with a plethora of bonus features that do an excellent job of telling the story of filmmaking. Highly recommended.


When I was a kid in the 1970s, I enjoyed superheroes, like many of us Gen X did then. There’s a lot of them on Saturday morning cartoons, and the campy 1960s Batman TV show replays. I was a fairly casual comic book fan at the time, so I didn’t read much superhero comics, although my perspective changed during my freshman year of college when I read about Guard and The Dark Knight Returns in Rolling stone magazine.

I picked up the trade paperbacks of both series at my local comic book store and was hooked. I had no idea comic books could be like that (yes, I admit I missed the classic early ’70s Batman comics, when the likes of Neal Adams reinvented them), and soon I was engaging with the media in a way I never had before. I’m a huge fan of comics starring the X-Men and Batman in particular.

That same year, Tim Burton was amazing Batman the cinema hit, and I saw it, of course, along with devouring various DC 50th anniversary comic books at the time. I admit I was let down by Batman is Backand then the film franchise declined during the ’90s before being resurrected by Christopher Nolan for the trilogy.


There’s a lot to love about Nolan’s work, although there are some clunky moments as well, but it’s a step in the right direction, away from the campier elements of the Burton films and towards the incredible Frank Miller comics. I admit Ben Affleck’s Batman didn’t do much for me, and I never got into DC’s haphazard cinematic universe in the same way I enjoyed the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, there’s a lot of interest in Matt Reeves’ Batman re-creation, with Robert Pattinson now in the lead role. Thankfully, he’s decided to avoid retelling the character’s origins, which I think almost everyone knows by now, and instead focused on making a film that felt like a comic book on the big screen, like an MCU endeavor.

My favorite moment in Batman is our heroes fight effortlessly against the bad guys armed in the dark, with gunfire lighting up the scene in a staccato way. I saw the film twice in theater, and both times the moment felt like something that could be pulled straight out of a comic book. (And maybe I did, because I fell off the comic strip bandwagon about 20 years ago and really haven’t followed the media since.) That tends to be my biggest litmus test for comic book movies: Does this feel like it? can it live on the printed page too?


Almost three hours, Batman it feels a little bloated at times, but the plot is really good and the characters feel real. For example, Penguin is a nightclub owner without a hat and tuxedo, and Catwoman is a thief who roams Gotham without a costume covering his nose. Gotham is consistently dark and gloomy, which goes hand in hand with the gothic take on the Batman mythos that began in the early ’70s. At times, it even feels like an excellent David Fincher movie Se7en. (Fortunately, there are no heads in the box.)

Every fan has their favorite version of Batman, and to me, Reeves’ vision is the most true of the characters. He initially had a tougher edge on him before being softened by the restrictions of the Comics Code in the 1950s, which led to the campy tone of the TV show and the assumption by many that it was the definitive Batman. If you’re in that camp, this film is the complete opposite of that version of the character, but if you’ve been waiting for the definitive noir version to hit the screens, this is the one for you.

Warner Bros. has released Batman in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray package that also includes a code for a digital copy. 4K discs are reference quality, as you’d imagine for a movie that hit theaters months ago, although you’ll want to watch it in cinema-like dark conditions to get the Reeves look and feel. go for. Blu-ray is no slouch in the A/V department either.


The film comes to life on its own on 4K and Blu-ray discs, giving it plenty of breathing room for maximum bit rate and best image quality. All bonus features are found on the second Blu-ray, and include:

Revenge in the Making (53.75 minutes): This is a substantial documentary packed with insights from the cast and crew, along with plenty of early footage. These are the kinds of additions I hope to see more of in major modern studio releases—it looks like only boutique labels like Arrow and Criterion are commissioning that kind of content anymore.

Seeking Revenge (5 minutes): This is a longer look at the fight choreography for the film, which could best be described as street fighting, than the more acrobatic martial arts style found in other Batman films.

Batman: Genesis (6 minutes): Reeves and Pattinson talk about their views on the iconic character.

Vengeance Meets Justice (8 minutes): Paul Dano, who plays The Riddler, shares time with Reeves and Pattinson to compare and contrast heroes and villains, who also have a gloomy and sharp outlook here.

Become a Catwoman (8.5 minutes): Zoë Kravitz talks about his character.

Bat Car (11 minutes): Just like the main character, the vehicle of choice has gone through many iterations over the years. The sleek 1960s cars are long gone, replaced with cars meant to be pounded and rundown while chasing the bad guys. It matches the tone of the film very well.

Anatomy from Car Chase (6 minutes): The Batmobile’s ability to actually go through fire is demonstrated during Batman’s pursuit of the Penguin, and that sequence is broken down here.

Wing Suit Anatomy Jump (6.5 minutes): Here’s another breakdown of the scene, this time Batman’s winged suit and how the footage was shot with the help of a drone.

Unpack Icon (5.75 minutes): This feature discusses various costumes and how they are designed to not only represent the character but also fit into the environment.

Transformation: Penguin (8 minutes): Colin Farrell needed some makeup to be Penguin, but the end result is the opposite of Danny DeVito’s version in Batman is Back. He feels like a villain who happens to own a nightclub, contrary to the cartoon stereotype of laughing madly as he plots to ensnare the hero.

Deleted scene: Both deleted scenes came with optional commentary by Reeves. One is a Joker scene that has already appeared online, while the other gives us another moment with Selina Kyle (Cawoman). Given the film’s runtime, it makes sense to cut out the nearly eight minutes of footage found here, but both scenes are still worth checking out to get a little extra perspective on the characters.


Normally, I’d close with “Trailer rounding plate,” but it’s nowhere to be found here, nor is there a comment track. (I’ve read that you get commentary tracks with digital editions sold by Apple, which is a shame; I wish the studio didn’t do this exclusive edition for various online and brick-and-mortar retailers.) I thought the trailer would be an easy addition to include. , given the work Warner put into this release, but it’s not a deal breaker in my book. This edition is a good value, especially for Batman fans.

Myth Rank Flashing – Movies: . / Movies: ★ ★ ★

Brad Cook

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