Robert Pattinson is officially our next Batman. Gone is Ben Affleck, who wore the cowl in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the infamous Justice League in 2017. Warner Brothers is deciding to go with a younger actor to play the role, with the new “The Batman” rumored to release in 2021. Director Matt Reeves wanted a younger actor primarily due to the fact that his film is going to take place in the 1990s. This makes sense and was an easy way to separate the two Batman, while leaving the door open for them to play the same character, just in two different periods of time.
When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, there was an outcry of hatred on the internet. Most people hated the casting, saying that Affleck would “ruin Batman”. Well, he didn’t do this. In fact, he was a phenomenal Batman and Bruce Wayne who was let down by weak scripts and shaky directing. Affleck’s Batman is going to be one of the biggest “what ifs” in my opinion. Like, what if he was cast during the Nolan trilogy and he was able to play that character instead? Just an interesting thought. The point is that people were pissed when Affleck was cast, and he did a pretty damn good job.
Now we have an actor playing Batman who is best known for his role as Edward in the Twilight Saga. If you want to be able to tell if someone is a real film fan, ask them about their opinion on Robert Pattinson playing Batman. If they respond with something like, “Oh, you mean the guy from Twilight? I mean come on, man!” then you know they’re probably not the best opinion to consider. Now, if you ask someone the same question and they reply with something like “Oh, well Robert Pattinson has been in a ton of really great smaller, indi films that I’ve liked recently. He’d be a really good pick actually”, then they’re most likely an opinion to trust.
Robert Pattinson has been in a lot of films since Twilight, even if people aren’t as familiar with them as they are the Twilight Saga. Since the release of the final Twilight film, Robert Pattinson had racked up acting credits in 14 different projects. While the quality of every project might not be the highest, I encourage you to find a single negative thing said about any of his performances. The guy has absolutely been crushing it in everything he’s been in.
My favorite film Pattinson has done to date is a film called Good Time (2017).
I knew nothing about it going in, and I’m glad this was the case. Not only was this one of my favorite films of 2017, but I think Pattinson’s performance in it was Oscar-worthy. The guy played an unlikeable asshole who was trying to save his brother but gave no shits about who he crossed in order to do so. His performance was just so insane and brilliant, and after watching Good Time I knew Pattinson had all the acting chops he’d ever need.
If you’re still not sold on him you don’t have to listen to me. Listen to Christopher Nolan. Nolan picked Pattinson to star in his latest film titled “Tenet”, which comes out sometime next year. Pattinson being the lead in this film should tell you all you need to know about the actor’s quality.
There’s also the aspect that Pattinson’s Batman is rumored to be more of a detective than other representations of the character. The film is rumored to have a large rogues gallery, and I completely trust writer and director Matt Reeves. The guy has spent a long time polishing the story for this film, and I have a great feeling for his story. It’s going to be a very different, much more noir-inspired film than Affleck’s.
I know there’s going to be a lot of backlash to Pattinson’s casting from people who haven’t seen his films since Twilight, and that’s fine. Go out and watch some of his work since then and be the judge of his acting for yourself. Remember, when the legendary Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in The Dark Knight, the internet lost its mind. People hated the choice because they couldn’t imagine him playing the character. Yet today, Ledger’s performance as the Joker is renowned as one of the best performances of all time. Just let that sink in when you hear someone complaining about Pattinson being cast as Batman. He’s going to kill it.