The Batman: Peak Comic Noir

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The Batman – Peak Comic Noir

Melvin and Daniel return to the world of superheroes! In this episode they discuss the newest adaption in the long-running cinematic Batman canon.


  • Are there too many Batmen in 2022?
  • Production history leading up to the release of The Batman.
  • For Melvin, there’s a lot to like about The Batman in terms of adapting the noir, mystery nature of DC’s greatest detective.
  • …but, there was a point when Melvin thought, “This movie is just okay.” while watching it in theaters.
  • Melvin, “But the problem is in a movie that’s gonna be 3 hours, I really hope everything’s worthwhile.”
  • When Melvin would see the trailer for The Batman, he kept thinking, “This movie’s biggest fault will be it’s overt self-seriousness.”
  • Daniel really liked the movie, and felt Gotham felt more alive than ever.
  • Also, for Daniel the strength of the movie is based upon its “theming and understand of the Batman as a thing that exists.”
  • Daniel, “I love that this is an actual deconstruction that has something meaningful to say about deconstructing Batman.”
  • Discussing Robert Pattinson’s performance.
  • Getting into spoiler talk and getting into Paul Dano’s Riddler.
  • Surmising Batman’s narrative arc in potential sequels.
  • We have got to talk about the worst scene in the entire movie, bar none.


Batman and Catwoman in DC The Batman

The Batman is Rated PG-13 for strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material. It features Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, and Peter Sarsgaard. Directed by Matt Reeves. The Batman is currently in theaters.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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