DC confirms today that Robert Pattinson will be playing Gotham City’s newBatman.
The news broke last week that DC was looking to cast Pattinson for the Batman role—that received a mix of support and outrage from the online community although it watered down when other stories told that DC was also considering to cast Nicholas Hoult, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Armie Hammer for the role.
With characters like Batman, production houses often walk on thin ice to cast suitable actors to play the role. They don’t only have to put into account the talent and skills an actor possesses but also how the audience would receive it.
Besides, Benn Affleck’s 2016 ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and 2017 ‘Justice League,’ both received mixed reviews and shown to be a disappointment for Warner Bros. with both failed to compete against the MCU—that earned a billion dollars in its Avengers 1 movie.
Also, Pattinson will be following after other Batman icons, Michael Keaton (for 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns), Val Kilmer (for 1995’s Batman Forever), George Clooney (for 1997’s Batman & Robin), and Christian Bale (for the Dark Knight trilogy spanning from 2005 to 2012).
Amidst immense opinions regarding Pattinson’s consideration for the role, Scott Dickerson — Marvel’s Doctor Strange director — gave his sign of approval on Twitter saying that Pattinson would be a “remarkable actor and an outstanding choice.”
Moreover, Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two ‘Planet of the Apes’ sequels, will produce and direct the 2021 Batman movie alongside his ‘Planet of the Apes’ collaborator Dylan Clark. Reeves, also assumed ‘Batman’ directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017.
Reports indicate that Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ would be a fresh take on the Caped Crusader. Fandom on Twitter released the photo above, showing that the 2021 Batman sets in the 1990s — where he’ll face villains like Catwoman, Riddler, and The Penguin. Other characters such as Commissioner Gordon and Alfred should also be expected.
Also, Pattinson will most likely sign for a 3-movie deal with the DCU that will tackle Bruce Wayne’s younger years as the Gotham crime fighter. However, while the plot and further details are still under wraps, fandom suggests that it will not be an origin story.
Moreover, “it’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” Reeves told THR. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that.”
“He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been,” the director continued. “I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
Furthermore, Forbes reported that rumors include Robin — Batman’s crime-fighting sidekick — would also be part of the cast in 2021′ ‘The Batman.’ It would be most likely since the story’s believed to be surrounding Bruce Wayne’s earlier years into being Gotham City’s protector.
Pattinson initially grew popularity in his role as vampire Edward Cullen in the five-film “Twilight” franchise alongside Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan. But he was also seen in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” with his role as Cedric Diggory.
This year, Pattinson will also star in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, ‘Tenet,’ with John David Washington — set to open July 17, 2020. Also, ‘The Lighthouse,’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and appeared in Claire Denis’ ‘High Life,’ ‘The King’ for Netflix, ‘Waiting for the Barbarians,’ and ‘The Lost City of Z.’
Although no production start date is announced yet, the studio is expected to start pre-production this summer (which suggests filming will begin late this year or early 2020), according to Rotten Tomatoes.