“The Batman” on HBO Max: five questions to ask yourself while watching

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“The Batman” is now officially streaming on HBO Max. DC’s best superhero movie in years is still hitting theaters and crossed the $700 million mark in worldwide gross, including more than $350 million domestically, but Monday became part of the new Warner Bros. strategy. of his movies arriving on HBO Max 45 days after theatrical release. It comes after Warner Bros. released its entire slate of 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters due to the global pandemic.

Fans who may have decided not to see ‘The Batman’ in theaters for safety reasons can now watch from the comfort of their home while fans who have seen the film in theaters can repeat the experience. . at any time.

Whether this is your first viewing or your fifth, here are five things to ponder while watching “The Batman” on HBO Max.

Is Robert Pattinson the best Batman of all time?

A Batman movie doesn’t make a Dark Knight GOAT, but Pattinson’s strong performance certainly got him into the conversation. Because Pattinson plays a rookie vigilante entering his second year of crime-fighting, he’s a force in the cape and cowl but not yet too interested in being Bruce Wayne. He has one of the best Batman voices of all time, but when the mask comes off, he can barely stand the morning sunlight and isn’t quite a socialite yet.

It’s by director Matt Reeves’ design – he wants to show a Batman who is still learning the ropes, who does not yet know that a playboy Bruce Wayne persona is a tool worth tucking into your utility belt. All of the Batmen are judged on their body of work (which, in the case of Val Kilmer and George Clooney, were singular attempts at Bat fame with only one film each). Given the stellar box office of “The Batman,” Pattinson is all but guaranteed to return to Gotham City for more sequels, with enough hype behind him to possibly do what only one Batman (Christian Bale) did: achieve trilogy status.

Is ‘The Batman’ the sexiest Batman movie of all time?

There hasn’t been this much screen heat since Michael Keaton whispered in his bat voice alongside Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Catwoman) in his two Batman films. No Batman movie will top Keaton and Pfeiffer’s masked kiss under the mistletoe in 1992’s “Batman Returns,” but Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman has a bat-like dynamic that’s just as magnetic and feels like any Another Batman romance on film came out of the Adam West era.

How does the Joker fit into this universe?

If it looks like a Joker and sounds like a Joker, it’s a Joker. In a scene that Reeves didn’t release in theaters but instead posted online, we see an unrecognizable Barry Keoghan sitting across from Batman, the two separated by a wall of glass. He is horribly deformed, with streaks of green hair and a creepy laugh. The scene looks like a “Joker Begins” moment.

There is a story with Batman, given that this Joker mentions an anniversary between the two of them. He was clearly burned in an accident. But he’s not ready for his purple costume yet. Keoghan’s character befriends the Riddler towards the end of ‘The Batman’ and this team could make a sequel, or we could see how this Joker got his scars in one of the many planned HBO Max spinoffs of this new bat world.

Could this Batman appear in any of these planned HBO Max spinoffs?

Potential spinoffs from ‘The Batman’ would focus on the criminal side of Gotham City, with one featuring the Penguin (Colin Farrell) and another centered on Arkham Asylum. A Batman movie isn’t nearly as important if the Dark Knight is constantly available for other series, so an abundance of Bat appearances on HBO Max doesn’t seem in the cards. But if Reeves oversees everything, you can never say never. The biggest question is: the secondary characters, such as the Penguin, Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), Catwoman – interesting enough to stick it out in a series where Batman isn’t likely to appear?

How does Nirvana fit into “The Batman”?

Reeves listened to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” while writing “The Batman.” The director told The Washington Post that he envisions Bruce Wayne as a young Kurt Cobain, brimming with talent but uninterested in the fame that comes with his special abilities. The song appeared in the trailer for “The Batman” and in the movie itself, introducing a new generation of fans to Nirvana’s music. Perhaps Reeves will turn to Nirvana’s timeless grunge album ‘Nevermind’ once again in future Batman films – with ‘Come as You Are’ serving as a prelude to a battle between Batman and Joker.

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