PoliticsReview: The Batman

Review: The Batman


The Batman isn’t an anti-Batman screed, nor is it an overt identity politics rant. The overlong movie is too sprawling, too messy, too unfocused to seriously explore a single Big Theme.

But it does seem to question whether being Batman is the right choice for a billionaire playboy who wants to produce social change. It’s a Batman movie that comes across as uncomfortable with the whole idea of Batman.

Yes, it offers grit and gloom and classically Batman-esque moments, but it also frequently undercuts them, as if to suggest that the underlying idea of the character is kind of silly. Throughout the movie, there are invocations of whiteness and privilege, networks of urban corruption, and a mayoral race between a young black woman and an older white man. (The latter, we are supposed to understand, represents Gotham’s corruption.) The finale manages to hint at fears of both climate change and the January 6 Capitol riot. The hero’s connection with the supervillain is closer than usual, and when the antagonist inevitably announces that he and the Batman are really the same, the movie seems to agree.

The idea seems to be that if Batman truly wanted to make Gotham a better place, he’d find some other way to do it, perhaps involving politics. No thanks.



Original Source Link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Bill Ackman says U.S. economy risks a ‘train wreck’

Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman says the U.S. economy risks heading for a “train wreck,” following Wednesday’s interest...

Chainalysis breaks down how scammers adapt during the bear market

While scammers can also feel the chill of the crypto winter as scam revenue drops by 46%, some...

FirstFT: SoftBank’s Arm to raise prices ahead of New York IPO

Good morning. This article is an on-site version of our FirstFT newsletter. Sign up to our Asia, Europe/Africa...

Canva introduces new AI-powered design tools in a major update

Web-based design platform Canva is introducing a colossal suite of new brand management products and AI-powered design tools...

Adragos Pharma acquires Clinigen’s development unit, Lamda Laboratories

Acquisition strengthens Adragos end-to-end integrated service offering within the pharmaceutical product development segment Agreement includes further product development activities...

Disaster For Trump As Appeals Court Rules His Own Lawyer Must Testify Against Him

A federal appeals court has ruled that Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran must testify against the former president in...

Must Read

DLR Group Welcomes Healthcare Business Development Leader

Integrated design firm DLR Group (Charlotte, N.C.) recently...

Amanda Bynes Is In The News A Lot And…

New podcast episode is out! Discussing delicately Amanda...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you