Robert Pattinson Is Excited That Batman Isn’t a ‘Golden Boy’ Hero

Robert Pattinson has become the most controversial choice to play the Dark Knight. If many still question whether Pattinson’s British accent will get in the way of legitimacy, let’s all remind ourselves Gotham could be very inclusive. Besides, let’s not kid ourselves that Pattinson is a good enough actor where he can put on a perfect American accent.

Pattinson’s Batman will be featured in a new light: The character will be even darker than ever before. We won’t know exactly how that will play out, but Pattinson probably wouldn’t have joined The Batman had it not have been the antithesis of what he deems “golden boy” comic book heroes.

This version of Batman will apparently be off the charts in not being a perfect figure. There’s going to be a lack of morality explored only Pattinson can properly tune into after playing so many similar characters.

Is Robert Pattinson’s Batman going to turn into a true villain?

Robert Pattinson arrives at 'The Lost City of Z' UK premiere at the British Museum.
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Antiheroes are aplenty now in pop culture, and they do provide a far more complex character portrait for writers to explore. Audiences usually respond to original characters like this, yet reinventing an 80-year-old superhero that generations have watched from the beginning isn’t always an easy path.

As Pattinson said himself recently in a New York Times interview, he could “never portray a real hero,” which tells you a lot about the persona he’s set for himself as an actor. Proper movie heroes are often going by the wayside anyway in a more complex world where the populace understands good v. bad usually has a million gray areas.

Those of you who’ve kept up with Pattinson’s career since the Twilight franchise ended know he’s played many morally ambiguous characters in art-house films attracting only moderate to scant attention.

In his current film — The Lighthouse — he plays a brooding, isolated, morose character, not unlike his reported take of Bruce Wayne. It makes us wonder how mentally taxing this is going from one dark role to the next without some light in-between.

Robert Pattinson isn’t doing any comedies before filming ‘The Batman’

Before Pattinson gets around to filming The Batman, he’ll be spending time making Christopher Nolan’s next big blockbuster called Tenet. All of Pattinson’s films coming out over the next year are intense dramas, proving he’s one of the few actors who can psychologically master this genre.

After so many roles like this, you’d think it would start to seep into his psyche. For Pattinson, he seems to have a British stiff upper lip to all of that. He’s also very willing to do daring scenes in front of a camera to show his commitment to tapping into the darkest regions of a character’s motivations.

All you need to prove this is the opening scene of The Lighthouse, which Pattinson described in jaw-dropping detail in his above New York Times interview.

How far will he be willing to go in portraying this more morally ambiguous Batman? We might see Batman do things we never thought he’d have the guts to do in all previous brooding editions.

Just how morally off is this new Batman?

During the aforementioned New York Times interview, Pattinson does take a pause when attempting to describe this new take on the caped crusader. While he describes his Batman as a little bit wrong, he also said he doesn’t know what it all means yet.

He clearly hasn’t had a chance to focus on the implications of the character since being occupied filming Nolan’s “unreal” movie at the moment. Once he gets there, though, it could be Pattinson’s darkest role to date, and that’s really saying something.

Seeing Batman essentially turn into a combination of superhero and villain would make it fit squarely into the times we live. A time when even people we once thought were good are too often deemed villains, once we learn painful truths about their backgrounds.