We’re going to see a younger Caped Crusader in the upcoming superhero movie The Batman, as director Matt Reeves’ version of the character was written to be around 30 years old. As star Robert Pattinson is a 33-year-old actor, this information of course fits in with his casting. Reportedly, the story was written this way to place Bruce Wayne in a specific period of his life. This won’t be yet another rehash of the Batman origin story, nor will the movie depict the superhero as a seasoned savior of Gotham City. The Dark Knight will be at the start of his life as a crimefighter in the story, still learning his way on his quest to become the world’s greatest detective.
Just recently, Robert Pattinson was confirmed as the official choice to play Batman in the new movie. The former Twilight Saga star beat out Nicholas Hoult as a finalist for the role. Given his history as Edward Cullen, many fans are skeptical to see Pattinson take on the role of a character as complex as Bruce Wayne. However, others are defending the choice, pointing to the more dramatic roles Pattinson has taken since his time in the Twilight franchise as proof of his acting talent. Others think back to when Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker in The Dark Knight was met with harsh reception by fans online at the time, only for the portrayal to become one of the most-beloved performances in comic book movie history. In any case, Pattinson is going to be our next Batman, so everyone will just have to give him a chance.
The original live-action Batman actor was Adam West, who famously portrayed the Caped Crusader in the Batman TV series from the ’60s. Michael Keaton stepped in a few decades later when director Tim Burton helmed a couple of Batman movies, each of which would become big hits. The next two movies saw Val Kilmer and George Clooney step into the role before the franchise would ultimately be given a hard reboot by Christopher Nolan. That’s when Christian Bale donned the cape for a new movie trilogy, delivering an iconic Batman performance of his own. After Ben Affleck took over for Batman’s appearances in the DCEU, Robert Pattinson will now get to join the list of prestigious actors to have the privilege of playing the Dark Knight.
It’s certainly good news to hear that we won’t be seeing the same old origin story being rehashed once more for The Batman. At this point, everyone is very well familiar with the character’s history and how he came to be. It’s been shown through comic books, multiple movies, animated TV series, video games, and other media properties countless times. Just this year, Fox ended its run of Gotham on the network, which spent several years telling its own complete origin story for Batman. Fast forwarding a few years past this time period will be most interesting for the new movie.
Matt Reeves reportedly eyed Pattinson very early on in the casting process for the movie following Affleck’s departure, so perhaps it was inevitable for him to get the role. For better or for worse, we’ll all see how he does when The Batman hits theaters on June 25, 2021. This information comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.