The newly released DC superhero film The Batman has been a hit with most audiences and critics, with director Matt Reeves and star Robert Pattison receiving plenty of praise for their work, along with the rest of the film’s cast and crew. Some fans, however, have been majorly disappointed with the film. According to their complaints, The Batman is actually “too woke” for their liking. In particular, it seems most of these fans were upset by one line of dialogue specifically.
This particular line of dialogue, uttered by actress Zoë Kravitz who plays Catwoman aka Selina Kyle in the film, makes a direct reference to “white privilege.” As a result, some fans have taken the opportunity to vent on social media. And, as mentioned above, many of them are simply saying the film is “too woke.”
As you can see below:
not really a spoiler but someone says “white privilege” at some point in The Batman and some nerd behind us scoffed and walked out while repeating the line to himself
— Keifer (@DannyVegito) March 5, 2022
So the batman is woke trash but since it was made nowa days im not surprised so ill let it out WHITE PEOPLE BAD- BLACK PEOPLE GOOD lmao Not like real life but whatever
— Micheal (@LeftistSuckD) March 5, 2022
— El Wanko (@TruWankuh) March 5, 2022
Assuming that this is true, should the writers of #TheBatman really be virtue signaling about woke, progressive nonsense like “white privilege” when they went out of their way to cast a non-white woman as a thief and drug dealer? 😅 pic.twitter.com/fs4SMSZ73k
— Lunar Archivist (@LunarArchivist) March 4, 2022
You know whenever there’s is this virtue signaling leftist propaganda of feminist narcissism in any film, like in the #Batman (as was expected), you know that ain’t a superhero film any more of the comics. It’s “progressive” idiocy.#batman2022 #Batman #WarnerBros #woke
— DeVanick G 🦅 (@GhoshDebanick) March 5, 2022
So despite what people are saying. #TheBatman is hands down the best one. Great story arc. Solid performance from a sparkling vampire. Only one woke comment in three hours. Solid 9/10
— RadicalSneeze (@anarchist74) March 5, 2022
It’s woke garbage. No thanks.
— You can’t be serious (@Youcant24253727) March 5, 2022
Of course, other fans see nothing wrong with the line, and have defended its place in the film. Some believe that it was used organically and appropriately by the character, and that it naturally connects with some of the film’s major themes. And, as you can imagine, they’ve been arguing directly with anyone complaining that the film is promoting a woke narrative.
Here are some of those responses:
People really mad Selina Kyle said one comment about rich yt dudes and they’re calling The Batman “woke”. I’m tired af…
— c o s m i c v i b e s o n l y ™ 🍕🐬 (@ghxdra) March 5, 2022
Ok, for those of you wondering, I saw the Batman movie today and my cinema score for the movie is 7.5 out of 10. It was good.
If you have any specific questions (no spoilers of course), I don’t mind answering them below.
And no, the movie isn’t super woke.
— Lord_Frosty (@Lord_Frosty) March 5, 2022
objectively hilarious that the conservative reaction to THE BATMAN is like ‘the woke mob made everyone black!!!’ in gotham, a city based on nyc & chicago
— oscar wilde ‘n out (@mariasghost) March 4, 2022
Em what does that have to do with this movie there isn’t anything woke in the movie I literally just saw it lol.
— David Sizemore (@DavidDu08445202) March 4, 2022
How was Batman woke? I swear you guys are just throwing that word around at this point
— Batimus Prime (@Southern_Lefty_) March 4, 2022
It seems that The Batman, as with most movies these days, has some divisive reactions from fans with some calling it woke. Nevertheless, despite complaints, the movie has mostly been receiving positive reception. Robert Pattinson has been mostly accepted as the newest incarnation of the iconic superhero, and fans will get to see more of him in the role going forward.
In fact, there are already a variety of follow-ups in development, both in the form of direct sequels and television series spin-offs. Fans can stay tuned to ScreenGeek for updates on these projects as we have them.
The Batman is currently playing in theaters.