Robert Pattinson Hints His Batman Isn’t Straight-Up Heroic
It was never a question that Robert Pattinson would be a different kind of Batman. He’s a wholly different kind of performer from the last two talented men who donned the cape and cowl, Ben Affleck and Christian Bale. What’s more, writer/director Matt Reeves had already promised that The Batman would be less like your typical superhero movie and more of a noir detective film. Add to that the fact that The Batman‘s synopsis calls Bruce Wayne a “desperate vigilante,” and you’ve got the makings for something very different.
Pattison has revealed a bit more about the way he’s approached the character. In an interview with The Daily Record, Pattison painted a picture of the complexity he was searching for in one of the most iconic superhero characters of all time. Unsurprisingly, Pattison was looking to show a version of Bruce Wayne that hasn’t been seen before:
“I needed to know about as much of the history of the character as possible to see what hadn’t really been done … People see Batman as this straight-up heroic character but in our story, it really questions what the nature of a hero is and it gives a lot of different angles to it.”
The Batman no doubt offered Pattison plenty of opportunity to find those angles. The story picks up during Bruce Wayne’s second year of being the vigilante, so it’s not an origin story, but rather a detective story in which Batman is trying to unpuzzle a gruesome series of murders in a crime-riddled Gotham. It appears his main adversary will be the Riddler (Paul Dano), with the Penguin (Colin Farrell) also in the mix. Those two will certainly bring out the rage inherent in Bruce Wayne, but Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) will likely coax different shades from Gotham’s dark knight.
It’s going to be intriguing to see how a performer as go-for-broke as Pattinson will take on the mantle of this iconic character. All indications point to Pattison delivering a version of Batman we haven’t seen before.
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Featured image: Caption: ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley/™ & © DC Comics