Warning: Spoilers for The Batman of course.
is a brutal, atmospheric, aggressively moody superhero film that deserves all the praise it gets. It respects every Batman film that came before it and carves a fresh noir detective story with a villain that draws parallels to the Zodiac Killer.
But there’s one thing The Batman forgot: a satisfying ending.
The ending showed Batman taking out several armed thugs. It showed Batman falling from the sky in slow motion into a pool of water that splashed around him in a cool moving portrait inspired by Zack Snyder.
The ending of The Batman provided another opportunity for Darth Vader’s intoxicating Imperial March-style theme music to crack over our ears. Zoe Kravitz’s grounded version of Catwoman and Batman eventually became partners as they fought for their lives.
The problem: her life was never really in danger. There was zero sense of danger. With the Riddler out of the picture and locked up in prison, it came down to his internet friends to assassinate newly elected Mayor Bella Reál. However, by the time Batman came to stop this, she had already been shot.
It wasn’t fatal – she found the strength to wade through a lagoon of filthy water pretty quickly – but her survival is just another reason The Batman’s ending suffered from low stakes.
The other reason: Gotham City had already been inundated by Riddler’s bombs. Batman could only help by saving civilians from drowning in the deluge. Batman didn’t know Catwoman would be at the mayor’s address, so he didn’t run to her rescue either.
The only thing at stake is Batman preventing further damage.
A pivotal moment stands out from the gentle final showdown: Riddler’s Trump-era inspired incel-style pendant claims it’s also “revenge,” mimicking Batman’s catchphrase. It taught Batman that he should be driven by other values, particularly the power to endure and the strength to fight. An allegory for the political climate in the US, The Batman, via Bruce’s final voiceover, wants the people of Gotham and elsewhere to believe in politicians and institutions again.
The Batman is the shadow until the end, holding a literal and metaphorical beacon to banish the darkness and keep everyone safe.
It was a serious ending to a movie about a serial killer, corrupt cops, and the tainted Wayne legacy.
It probably works for some, offering a glimmer of hope at the end of a dark, three-hour odyssey. Batman’s mistakes undermine the usual last-second wins that superheroes typically achieve. This hero entered an impossible final battle in the middle of an avalanche.
At the same time, the tame, overstretched end broke the magic trick. The crime thriller, which was bathed in downpours and emerged with spooky moments straight out of a horror movie, lost its nerve. The hypnotic, slow-burning spell was washed away.
Mandatory future teases, including a certain Joker, diverted attention from the chapter just unfolded. Two more Battinson films are reportedly set to follow, but The Batman already feels like a trilogy ending, one that doesn’t justify its run at Avengers: Endgame levels.
The ending of The Batman should have hurt Batman. Instead, his god armor turned bullets into pretty sparks. Gotham lives on, even wetter and relatively unscathed.
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