a gorgeous noir-soaked vision. outside the nolan sequence, batman has never been afforded such a gorgeous canvas in which to spin a tale. haunting and provocative, this film is imbued with a giddy pathos like a mist that enraptures love, loss, and regret. action and meditation form the dyad at the vertebrae of this film, where batman must throw down the gauntlet. at the joker. at the phantasm. at himself.