Craig, Ryan, and Todd welcome Vilja Johnson back to the show to discuss The Batman. Does the new Robert Pattinson-driven film succeed? Is this the best Batman ever, a total misfire, or somewhere in between? Plus, a short discussion about whether we’ve reached the apex of comic book movies as the most popular of popular entertainment and are seeing a long-term decline, or if we’re simply in a cyclical lull.

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  1. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    I gave up after 15 minutes. This latest Batman movie is simply not worth spending a lot of time discussing.

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  2. Pagodan Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    I gave up after 15 minutes. This latest Batman movie is simply not worth spending a lot of time discussing.

    100% disagree. Criticisms of Pattison’s Bruce Wayne notwithstanding (I thought he was fine), there is a lot to discuss in this Batman. Reeve’s gotham is pretty unique if not a darker, dirtier, grittier Gotham than other iterations. Also, the way the movie was shot, almost framed like you were reading it frame by frame in a comic book. The nod to influential directors of the 90’s and early 00’s (most notably Fincher.) The Batman as more of a detective than just an action figure, and the approach the movie takes in depicting a young and newer Batman learnign how to be the Batman while on the job. All of these are potential entry points into a discussion of a movie that lots of people enjoyed for probably a variety of reasons. 

    I mean its fine to not like the movie, just seems like a kinda a solipsistic take to declare with authority, in the comments section of a podast that’s main point is to discuss such things,  that its not worth discussing a film you stopped watching after 15 minutes. 

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  3. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    Pagodan (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    I gave up after 15 minutes. This latest Batman movie is simply not worth spending a lot of time discussing.

    100% disagree. Criticisms of Pattison’s Bruce Wayne notwithstanding (I thought he was fine), there is a lot to discuss in this Batman. Reeve’s gotham is pretty unique if not a darker, dirtier, grittier Gotham than other iterations. Also, the way the movie was shot, almost framed like you were reading it frame by frame in a comic book. The nod to influential directors of the 90’s and early 00’s (most notably Fincher.) The Batman as more of a detective than just an action figure, and the approach the movie takes in depicting a young and newer Batman learnign how to be the Batman while on the job. All of these are potential entry points into a discussion of a movie that lots of people enjoyed for probably a variety of reasons.

    I mean its fine to not like the movie, just seems like a kinda a solipsistic take to declare with authority, in the comments section of a podast that’s main point is to discuss such things, that its not worth discussing a film you stopped watching after 15 minutes.

    No, no, no.  I gave up listening to the podcast after 15 minutes. I saw the movie to its silly conclusion, plus end credits, in the theater.

    The film would have been better off without the stadium sequence, which makes very little sense.  It’s like the filmmakers forgot Gotham City is not New Orleans: if you want get away from the flood waters, just walk upstairs.  

    I have trouble remembering that Robert Pattinson was even in this film. But then, he has bored me in every role I’ve ever seen him.

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