‘The Batman’ With Robert Pattinson Will Take a Huge Risk: How the Film Will Defy Genre Standards

While DC’s Joker is currently receiving critical acclaim for its dark and psychologically stirring narrative, as well as Joaquin Phoenix’s uncanny portrayal, fans remain fixated on discussions concerning Robert Pattinson and The Batman.

Ever since news leaked that the former Twilight actor — who has since done all in his power to prove he is beyond Edward Cullen — would play Batman, fans have taken to prophecizing the movie’s success. 

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Will The Batman be the next Dark Knight? Will Robert Pattinson live up to Christian Bale, and prove to fans that he is one of today’s greats (which he has done in multiple niche and independent films)? Or, will the movie fail to hit the same high note that Christopher Nolan’s saga managed to strike? 

While it may be difficult to predict the movie’s success, it’s bound to take a step away from previous iterations in one particular way. By shining a light on a different, underexposed, side of the Bat, the movie may separate itself from prior versions, and leave a unique imprint on the Bat’s broad interpretations.

Batman’s true detective skills will be put on full blast 

While previous Batman movies have implied Bruce Wayne’s intelligence, via his approach to combat and suave maneuverings during social interactions, they rarely capitalize on the degree of his detective skills stressed in the comic books. According to The Batman director, Robert Pattinson will take on the character who is also the “world’s greatest detective.” The director stated:

It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.

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Though it would be a stretch to say that previous Batman films haven’t been true to character, it’s fair to say that they — in favor of action-packed spectacle — erased a part of the persona integral to the character’s narrative arc. Batman has a detective-based history that deserves exploring, and that’s the history the new tale will tell. 

Rumor has it that over six villains will appear in The Batman, which points to the following narrative: Batman will try to discover which of Gotham’s existing criminals — all of whom have grown iconic with time— committed the crime. So, who’s behind the murder case of the week? This will be the question at the center of the movie, and we will watch Pattinson’s batman get to the bottom of it. 

We will watch Bruce Wayne employ his intellectual prowess to solve the case — placing brains before brawns in a superhero film and breaking the mold the genre has been cementing for years. Will it work? Can The Batman prove that a superhero movie can triumph without being 80% action? Fingers crossed.