Robert Pattinson will play the iconic superhero in director Matt Reeves’ trilogy, but can he really do the role justice?
Matt Reeves’ Batman will neither be an origin story nor will it show a seasoned Bruce Wayne like that of Ben Affleck. The movie is going to aim at showcasing Batman’s formative years as a crime-solving detective. The role of Batman requires an actor to fit both the moulds, first of Gotham’s vigilante, Batman and the second of Gotham’s charming billionaire, Bruce Wayne.
THE NIGHT IS DARKEST JUST BEFORE THE DAWN. AND I PROMISE YOU, THE DAWN IS COMING.
So let’s try and figure how good a fit Robert Pattinson will be. The character of Bruce Wayne in itself is multi-faceted. Bruce Wayne maintains a playboy persona in the public eye to avoid suspicion. Status, money, looks all help him give out the vibe. Robert Pattinson perhaps is tailor-made for that, he looks the part and well charming the ladies can never seem hard for him.
But outside of the public eye Bruce Wayne is different. He is an introvert who acts like he is detached from any emotions something he does unintentionally. His acting emotionally unavailable is perhaps because of intimacy issues and it takes him time to let anyone in, that too, very slightly. Bruce is honest about the way he thinks and talks, to most he might come across as a jerk. Mr. Wayne’s only real relationship might be the one with his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. There is always warmth and respect along with light banter between the two. Finding the right balance in all this might turn out to be one of the tougher asks for Robert Pattinson. Sure, he has the intensity for the role but his is more of Christian Grey than Bruce Wayne. Bruce has a manlier vibe to him. Sure Robert Pattinson will put his spin on it but the authenticity to the role of Bruce Wayne, if compromised will receive a lot of backlash.
I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am, but to create what I am.
Coming to when Bruce puts on a mask and turns into the vigilante that protects Gotham. Speaking of the mask, Batman has historically had a strong square jaw other than when Christian Bale played the part where his chiseled pointy jaw held its own. Does Robert have the jaw for it?
Now let’s talk about the most obvious, the one thing working against Robert Pattinson, his skinny built. Batman has always been a broad shouldered knight, looking menacing enough to beat up the strongest of villains and at times, fellow superheroes. Outside of the look Batman needs a heavy assertive voice something for which again, Robert Pattinson might not be the best choice.
Although with all the technology and CGI available, Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson might pull off what looks like a miracle but for now there are too many red-flags for Robert Pattinson to check-off.
Here’s hoping Gotham’s knight won’t need saving!