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The Christopher Nolan “Batman” trilogy was a work of cinematic art, but there’s money to be made, so nobody thought the franchise would end there. “The Batman” (2022) continues to emphasize the dark in the Dark Knight while supplying a brooding millennial update. Robert Pattinson is our new prince of Gotham City, teaming with trusty cop Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) to chase a riddle-rendering serial killer. It’s a solid, middle-of-the-road procedural if not for the all the bat-related accoutrements attached to the man and the story, providing sometimes unwelcome weight. John Turturro is sublime as a mobster in a twisty subplot.

If the goal was to take the James Bond franchise on a dark turn, then mission accomplished, “Casino Royale” (2006). As the next 007, Daniel Craig offers plenty of pursed-lipped pensiveness as he walks with his John Wayne swagger, but lacks the Sean Connery glint in his eye (let’s don’t bother with the other, lesser Bonds). The plot is worthy of a Bond film, with sexy women, fast cars, exotic locations, quirky supporting characters and wild action sequences. But the tech is more techy than gadgety, which is a microcosm of the difference in the reboot: a lack of fun.

Some of us are old enough to remember black-and-white reruns of “The Twilight Zone,” the show that set the standard for twisting our perceptions of reality. If it were still around today, “Source Code” (2011) could be an episode of that TV series. Here’s the plot: Assuming that when people die, the last few moments of their life remain in their memory as their brain slowly shuts down; what if someone else could occupy that memory space and find clues to solve a crime? Cool, huh? Or too complex? Maybe that’s why it didn’t do better at the box office.