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March 4, 2022

At the Movies: Gloomy nights for the Dark Knight in ‘The Batman'

AP Film Writer

Batman, never a day person, is plunged into perpetual night in Matt Reeves' nocturnal, nihilist, neo-noir take on the Caped Crusader.

Reeves' three-hour-long “The Batman” includes plenty of action, character introductions, gadgets and other various superhero accoutrement. But it is no extravaganza. This “Batman” is a morose mood piece, soaked in shadow and rage, that has stripped the comic's archetypes down to abstracted silhouettes and grubbily human characters. If Jim Carrey's Riddler were to wander into this movie, he would fit in about as well as Bugs Bunny in “Taxi Driver.”

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