The Batman's on HBO max now so I gave it a watch. It was pretty good and I enjoyed watching it, but there was some frustrating things that I noticed. There's a ton of dialogue (including some exposition dumps from Andy Serkis, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, and a few others which are all supposed to have emotional weight) where the director insisted on doing that shot/reverse shot thing for the whole conversation, which literally every other superhero movie does and it's a huge pet peeve for me. I understand it's a popular camera technique for a reason, but for how nice some of the other shots were, you'd think they could get a little more creative for their dialogue scenes. Also the sound design was a little weird at times. They do that thing where there's supposed to be some important conversation that got secretly recorded on a phone, and it doesn't sound like the sound is coming from a phone speaker at all. Like they put some filter on the dialogue so it sounds a little bit like a phone speaker, but the way the sound is mixed into the audio it sounds like there are 2 additional people in the room saying this stuff instead of it coming from a phone? It's kind of hard to describe but it felt off to me. Also there's some lines of dialogue I think I might not have understood if I didn't have closed captioning turned on.
Aside from those technical issues and a few plotholes there's a lot to like though. The costumes & make-up were all fantastic (people always point out how unrecognizable Colin Farrell is, but also it's a huge challenge to design costumes for Batman & Catwoman that don't stick out like a sore thumb, and they did a great job with that) and all of the performances were pretty great. The script was better than I was expecting. Even though it felt a little long, I can't really think of anything off the top of my head to cut, other than maybe some of the aforementioned exposition dumps. I'd definitely recommend it, especially to genre fans, but I'm not sure if I'll ever feel the need to rewatch it.
Planning on going out tomorrow to try to catch The Northman and also possibly Everything Everywhere All at Once. Really looking forward to both of those, so I guess I'll report back soon.
Update Edit: I also watched Blood Simple today, and I had a blast. The Coen brothers have made some of my favorite movies, so it was only a matter of time until I got around to seeing their first movie. It's legitimately tense at times, and while not overly gory, the violence is presented in a way that feels really intense and disturbing. Also I really loved the camerawork (notably some really cool perspective shots), inventive use of lighting, and great use of score as usual. Just a great neo-noire movie with a short & sweet 95-minute runtime. It's on the criterion channel if anyone wants to check it out.