How “Woke” is The Batman? Some Fans Want Bat-fleck to Return


The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, had a successful launch with a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, but not everyone was pleased with the film. Robert Pattinson stars as a new incarnation of Bruce Wayne’s Batman, and is set in the present world and incorporates many real-life elements to tell the tale. However, several scenes have apparently upset comic fans on Twitter who have labeled The Batman as “too woke.”


Before we continue, be aware that there are SPOILERS FOR THE BATMAN AHEAD.


One scene in The Batman that has sparked debate is one in which Batman and Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) discuss the Riddler’s brutal killings (Paul Dano). Catwoman suggests they deserved it, calling them “white privilege assholes,” a speech that, along with certain character castings, has sparked outrage on Twitter.








Ben Affleck fans haven’t given up on their dream of the solo Batfleck movie just yet. While there’s been a lot of chatter online over The Batman along with the performances of its cast, such as Pattinson as the new Bruce Wayne, the hashtags #MakeTheBatfleckMovie and #Batfleck have still been trending on social media.




Batfleck fans don’t need to fret, though. The actor will be back once again in The Flash to don the cowl, along with Michael Keaton.



No matter what these Twitter fans think, multiple Batman spinoffs are in the works at HBO Max and we will likely see The Batman 2 greenlit in the near future in light of the film’s success. Even with some backlash on social media, Warner Bros. is probably very pleased with how well this release has performed. The movie opened with $128.5 million domestically making it the second best start for a film since the pandemic started and is also the best opening for director Matt Reeves as it passes his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($73 million).


The Batman is now playing in movie theaters everywhere.

Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!