Robert Pattinson’s Batman is a badass, says Jeffrey Wright
Robert Pattinson’s Batman is badass, says The Batman star Jeffery Wright. Director Matt Reeves’ (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) DC Extended Universe film is the first to feature Pattinson’s version of the iconic superhero. After suffering pandemic-related delays that caused principal photography to take a year, The Batman will be released on March 4, 2022.
The coveted role of Bruce Wayne had been filled solely in the DCEU by Ben Affleck, who was originally destined not only to star in The Batman, but also to write and direct. When Reeves took over, he expressed a desire to explore a younger version of the character, and Affleck left the project in early 2019. Pattinson’s casting was somewhat surprising, as he had largely avoided the blockbuster roles after his experience in the Twilight movies. meanwhile, he became known as a versatile and highly acclaimed performer on the indie scene.
In an interview with ET, Wright, who plays Gotham PD’s James Gordon in The Batman, gives the English actor’s version of the Dark Knight his stamp of approval. He describes that Pattinson’s personal acting style fits well with Reeves’ directorial vision, which should be a quality end product. Wright also says they really enjoyed their time together on screen:
“Robert is going to do his thing, and we were working within a vision of Matt Reeves, so you know, Robert is doing what Robert does and I think it’s going to be pretty badass. […] I loved working with him, I love his vision and his energy and the way he brought different levels to different parts of the story. And we work on each other. “
Pattinson is reportedly playing Batman in just his second year of vigilantism, and from promotional material released so far, Reeves’s film seems to take the character into particularly dark places. Paul Dano’s serial killer take on Riddler appears to be the film’s main villain, though several of Gotham’s big baddies are on the cast list, including Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Carmine Falcone. (John Turturro). Wright becomes the first actor of color to play Batman’s ally in the police department, while Reeves’ former Planet of the Apes collaborator Andy Serkis plays Bruce’s loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth.
As is customary whenever a new Batman is released, fans are divided, and not just because many still associate Pattinson with glowing vampires. Zack Snyder’s release of Justice League rekindled appreciation for Affleck’s portrayal of the character, and that the effects of Warner Bros. ‘decision to abandon Snyder’s vision for the DCEU are so obvious in this film that they could create an inherent bias against you. However, Reeves’ track record and the immense talent he has mustered in front of the camera, especially Pattinson, suggest that Batman has a real chance of overcoming these reservations.