The Batman isn't an anti-Batman screed, nor is it an overt identity politics rant. The overlong movie is too sprawling, too messy, too unfocused to seriously explore a single Big Theme.
But it does seem to question whether being Batman is the right choice for a billionaire playboy who wants to produce social change. It's a Batman movie that comes across as uncomfortable with the whole idea of Batman.
Yes, it offers grit and gloom and classically Batman-esque moments, but it also frequently...
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