While Warner Bros. continues to build a DCU largely disadvantaged compared to the MCU, the cinematographic house does not prevent itself from giving carte blanche to films in parallel with its extended universe : for example, we have the right to Joker in 2019, a phenomenon film for which Joaquin Phoenix has also won the Oscar for Best Actor. Well aware of the potential of its franchises, the company has therefore put a new project dedicated to Batman, but not embodied by Ben Affleck and, similarly, not located in the universe launched with Man of Steel in 2013.
Short, The Batman is a film that has been talked about for a long time and which arouses real excitement. Because of its darkness, its raw violence and its damn interesting cast: Robert Pattinson in the role of a tortured Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz in the skin of Catwoman, but also an unrecognizable Colin Farrel to play the Penguin or even a Man-Mystery represented by the disturbing Paul Dano. All the lights are green and elsewhere, we have just received a piece of news which will reassure some.
It was the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) which released the information: in the United States, The Batman will be a PG-13 movie. In other words, it means that the film will be not recommended for people under thirteen years old and that they will only be able to see the feature film in the cinema in the presence of an adult guide.
The classification body advances in particular “Disturbing content, pronounced violence, swear words, drug-related content and a few suggestive scenes” : something to reassure the public about the maturity of the film, most certainly. And if violence is not necessarily synonymous with good taste or quality, it is clear that it sometimes guarantees the certain authenticity of the adaptations. Venom probably knows something about it.
Verdict on March 4, 2023 in cinemas.