The Batman film I’ve always wanted to see. Matt Reeve’s Batman reboot embraces the character’s hardboiled pulp and comic roots to deliver the most compelling and energized Batman movie in years. The film is practically gothic in its set design and characterization, as Batman is less a power fantasy and more a victim of his own emotional damage. The film is murky and grimy while beaming with energy as Gotham leaps off the screen. The over-the-top performances of Collin Ferrall and the fun, trope-filled writing of Jeffrey Wright make The Batman feel like a comic book movie. Paul Dano’s Riddle is also terrifying, right up there with Heath Ledger’s Joker. The Batman is the best superhero film of the year, and I look forward to seeing this new franchise grow.