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This Strategy For Attacking Batman Makes Absolutely No Sense

While there are a lot of elements that can make a comic book movie great, arguably it's the highly choreographed and CG-enhanced action sequences that truly make them memorable: larger-than-life characters (usually) with superpowers, defeating supervillains with equally-spectacular abilities in a grand spectacle. However, the "Batman" franchise often deviates away from such things. While it's true that there are still often large set pieces that could only be achieved with a massive budget, Batman himself is a human without superpowers and must rely on his tech, smarts, and combat skills in order to survive.

This trend is continued in the latest iteration of the character with "The Batman," which sees Robert Pattinson step into the title role. "The Batman" sees the eponymous character trying to hunt down the Riddler (Paul Dano), a serial killer targeting Gotham City's corrupt elite. But that doesn't mean that Batman doesn't go head-to-head with various mobster henchmen and criminals along the way in thrilling fight sequences while on his search for the Riddler. However, some of these sequences highlight a larger problem with the way that these villains often go about attacking the Caped Crusader.

Why do Batman's armed opponents get so close to him?

In a Reddit post by u/redkey52 over on the r/DC_Cinematic subreddit that highlights the fight choreography in "The Batman," many users made it clear how much they appreciated the fight sequences in the movie and the stunt work that went into crafting them. However, some pointed out what has likely been a long-standing criticism of not only "Batman" movies, but more gritty action movies in general: the way in which armed opponents attack Batman. Instead of firing from a distance, most of these individuals rush in for close-quarters combat.

"[T]he only thing that I hate with most batman fight scenes is that his enemies with guns always run at batman instead of shooting from afar," u/blanktriesanother said, and it's honestly hard to argue with the point. Similarly, u/aliarr pointed out that it almost seems like the various henchmen aren't even trying to get off proper shots on the Dark Knight, and that it all seemed a bit artificial.

While, once again, these are all valid points, it's important to note that a lot of action-slanted films often forsake realism in favor of what looks good on screen. Often, that comes with the price of putting entertainment above what would actually happen in real life. When it comes to scenes like this, it's often better to employ the age-old technique of suspending disbelief.