Robert Pattinson Is the New ‘Batman’ We All Need

It was recently announced that Robert Pattinson would be portraying Batman in the new movie (called The Batman), which is supposedly filming in 2020. Fans immediately celebrated the decision to turn this former Twilight heartthrob into one of the most iconic characters in comic book history.

Warner Brothers came to the decision to cast Pattinson quicker than they thought they would. Compared to the searched for the perfect Spider-Man or Superman, the casting process was practically painless. And it’s clear the studio made the perfect choice.

Move over Ben Affleck—there’s a new Batman in town.

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What is ‘The Batman’ movie about?

It’s difficult to keep track of all the Batman movies that were made over the decades, including the most recent versions with Ben Affleck leading the cast. But this script focuses on a younger version of Bruce Wayne at about 30 years old, which aligns well with the 33-year-old A-lister Robert Pattinson’s real age.

Director Matt Reeves admits that he had Pattinson in mind for the role as he created it, though he had no idea if the actor would be interested. The Batman will follow Bruce Wayne’s early days as a detective as he develops his early career. And finds out his true destiny, of course.

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Robert Pattinson doesn’t normally do blockbuster films

Besides Twilight, Pattinson has avoided big budget productions and has instead been doing work on more independent films instead. But that’s exactly what made him so attractive to the casting director. While there are no contracts prohibiting Marvel Universe actors from working on DC/Warner Brothers movies, both studios prefer to keep their brands separate to avoid confusing fans.

But there was one other person in the running for the role of Batman and he was a Marvel actor. Nicholas Hoult portrayed Hank McCoy (the Beast) in the X-Men movies but Warner Brothers was willing to make an exception since it was hard to see his face behind the furry costume.

The one reason Robert Pattinson won the role

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It’s tradition for every potential Batman to wear the Batsuit of his predecessors during his screen test. Reeves and the rest of the casting crew looked for several specific things, including how their eyes looked behind the mask and their inherent “specialness.”

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Reeve wanted something very specific for the character in his film, and ultimately Pattinson was more convincing. And just like that, we have a new Batman for the next generation.

There are mixed reactions to the casting choice

DC Comic fans are still upset over the decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. “Don’t make the Batfleck mistake again” one person pleaded.

But mostly, the reactions were positive, especially considering Pattinson’s indie background. They’re comparing the decision to the brilliant casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight and see just as much opportunity for success. Ledger earned a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 after his tragic death.

All signs point to Robert Pattinson absolutely nailing this role. We can’t wait to see it!