DC’s “The Batman” stands apart from its predecessors, dives headfirst into the character’s mind
Nearly ten years since “The Dark Knight Rises” completed the Christopher Nolan trilogy, “The Batman” brings DC’s most valuable character back to its recently-empty pedestal. Taking up the mantle from Ben Affleck — who intended to direct and lead the film — Pattinson delivers a more low-key performance than Affleck or Christian Bale. This version of Bruce Wayne makes mistakes, his gear isn’t what one expects from Batman and he’s completely isolated. Not on the level of Bale or Michael Keaton yet, but Pattinson has room to grow into the cowl. Reeves is incredible at separating his interpretation from past directors, especially the complicated process of detaching from Affleck’s planned work.themiamihurricane.com
New this week: Spike Lee flick, 'Artemis Fowl,' Norah Jones
This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors in a scene from the Spike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIESDa 5 Bloods: Its always the right time for a Spike Lee joint and thankfully Netflix has his latest ready to debut Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONGabrielle Union, engaged in a battle with NBC over her firing from Americas Got Talent, is firmly in control on L.A.s Finest, the drama she produces and stars in with Jessica Alba. Also back are closeted man of the cloth Leonard (Al Weaver) and Tessa-Peake Jones as an indispensable if stern housekeeper.