In prospective sequels to The Batman, Robert Pattinson previews Bruce Wayne’s character development. In filmmaker Matt Reeves’ new take on the role, Pattinson plays the titular hero, which is due to premiere on March 4th, 2022. For the new Batman, the actor will be joined by an all-star cast that includes; Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, John Turturro, and Barry Keoghan.
Pattinson made his big-screen debut as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before moving on to the Twilight trilogy, where he played lead character Edward Cullen in various films up until the series finale. After that, the actor began taking on smaller roles in independent films, allowing him to hone his craft and refine his abilities outside of the blockbuster sphere.
As a result, Pattinson has a long list of memorable performances to his credit; including The Rover, The Lost City of Z, Good Time, High Life; The Lighthouse, The King, and, most recently, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Pattinson is now back in the spotlight as The Batman, playing one of the most recognised characters of all time.
According to Empire, it’s the character’s first solo series in a decade, and the filmmakers “can lay a foundation that you can build stories upon”; as proven by the multiple spinoff projects in the works, including a Gotham PD show and one centred on Farrell’s Penguin character.
Director Matt Reeves describes the film as a “passion project,” with the goal of creating a picture that will stand out rather than being just another entry in a series of scheduled sequels. While there are no plans for Batman sequels or crossovers at this time; Pattinson claims he has ideas for what he would do with the role if he were to continue, saying:
Pattinson was always an inspired candidate to play Bruce Wayne/Batman
“I’ve made a kind of map for where Bruce’s psychology would grow over two more movies. I would love to do it.”
Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; and War For The Planet of the Apes are among the films directed by Reeves. The late Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman more as a loner than a socialite; was said to have influenced the director’s interpretation of Batman.
Batman’s first trailer even had Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” as a theme; which Reeves was listening to when he began writing the film. While the approach is more utilitarian; the filmmaker has stated that he intended for it to be the “most emotional Batman movie ever created.”
Pattinson was always an inspired candidate to play Bruce Wayne/Batman because he didn’t fit the traditional heroic model; much like his predecessor, Michael Keaton did in 1989 for Tim Burton’s Batman. Having a high-profile actor who isn’t burdened by a sense of obligation allows them to explore; and perform in ways that haven’t been seen before; and Pattinson appears to be on that path with his role in The Batman.
If his performance is as good as it has been described; it will be even more compelling to see him reprise the role in future sequels; giving something more nuanced and unique than the conventional superhero fare.