Robert Pattinson is best known for his work in the Twilight series, but the 33-year-old actor has an even greater challenge ahead of him.
Pattinson is set to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in The Batman, slated for a 2021 release. He’ll be the sixth actor to portray the iconic DC Comics superhero in a live theatrical film, following the footsteps of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.
When Pattinson was announced as the casting decision, it was figuratively met with mixed reviews. Not every actor has succeeded in donning the cape and the cowl, after all. And in a major casting choice like this, you get the feel that there’d be plenty of strong criticism regardless of who was named the next Batman.
But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (h/t Charlie Ridgely of ComicBook.com), Pattinson explained why he’s up for the challenging.
“There was something that always appealed to me about it,” Pattinson said . “I feel like it sort of exists outside the realm of this sort of (blockbuster). Batman movies have always attracted really good directors and had really good actors playing in it. It’s got a legacy and a lineage to it which it’s never seemed to me like it’s been a cash-in for something.”
Affleck played the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). Both films received plenty of negative reviews, however, and Affleck opted to step down — thus opening the door for Pattinson to take on the role of a lifetime.
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The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, features one of the most star-studded casts ever for a superhero film. After Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman) and Paul Dano (Riddler) were the next major casting choices.
Jeffrey Wright (Commisioner Gordon), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), Colin Farrell (The Penguin), John Turturro (Carmine Falcone) Jayme Lawson and Peter Sarsgaard (roles to be announced) have also been confirmed for The Batman.
There’s a lot of pressure on Reeves, Pattinson and Warner Bros. to put together a special blockbuster here. The last two Batman films were considered giant disappointments compared to Christopher Nolan’s popular trilogy. But with a premium set of cast members and many iconic villains in the film, The Batman is shaping up to be a can’t-miss product in the DC Universe.
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