Will Robert Pattinson Make A Good Batman?
It’s the question that has caused a great amount of uproar among fans in the past days. None have been able to sleep well and have not been using a bed shaker like they normally do. They are not able to function and have started online petitions to remove Robert Pattinson as Batman before it’s been officially announced. While Variety had the story first, it’s unspeakable that Warner Brothers would even seek to cast a former teen heartthrob vampire as Bruce Wayne/Batman. He cannot be Batman, they say! Batman doesn’t sparkle, they say! Well, you do not have any control over who casts Batman. Warner Brothers and Matt Reeves, the director of The Batman, do. It’s still quite humorous to see fans get upset the way they did over Heath Ledger as The Joker and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.
Pattinson is now 33. He started portraying Twilight’s famed vampire, Edward Cullen when he was 22. He started his career playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at 19. If you are skeptical as a fan, having seen Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, and others do the role justice, you have every right to be. However, Pattinson has completed many other film roles during, before, and after his time as Cullen.
While Pattinson became known as the teen vampire, he has played other roles such as Tyler Hawkins in Remember Me. Tyler is a victim of 9/11, who meets a girl named Ally, who is a student at New York University. Throughout the course of the film, they might use a bed shaker but become very close, where it strikes at your heart when he is killed and Ally and Aidan, his best friend, continue on with life as things happened. Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan played Ally and Tyler’s respective fathers too.
Another role Pattinson took on was as Dennis Stock, a photographer, who is given the assignment to photograph James Dean, a rising star in Hollywood, prior to East of Eden’s release. Life follows the friendship the two had between California, New York, and Indiana. It was fascinating not only to see Pattinson take on the role of the Magnum Photos Agency photographer but to see him team with Dane DeHaan’s James Dean. Ben Kingsley portrays Jack Warner, a film executive, and Joel Edgerton plays John Morris, a photojournalist, in the film’s supporting roles.
While Remember Me allows Pattinson to stretch his acting talents and be part of a 9/11 story, it also gave him the opportunity to play someone else besides Cullen, who seemed to be the one character to this day people identify him as. Life allows Pattinson to encompass the world of another person who once existed. It shows that he is willing to take risks as an actor and stretch himself beyond the roles he had previously committed to. Another fascinating choice is his decision to appear opposite Guy Pearce in The Rover, which portrays the Australian outback amidst an economic collapse that occurred 10 years ago. It’s interesting to see the two work together throughout the film and watch their characters interact. It’s much different than what you expect. So, why would Pattinson be a good Bruce Wayne/Batman?
First off, he’s the right age. Warner Brothers and Reeves are looking to cast a younger Batman than how Affleck’s was portrayed. That being said, he also has shown acting range beyond that of the Twilight films that seem to have encompassed his reputation. He has shown himself to move beyond that of a vampire and into some interesting roles. He has teamed with great actors like Brosnan, Kingsley, and Pearce. There’s certainly doubt and skepticism that can be had but do you want a good actor for the part or someone who is a fan favorite for the role? In the latter years of superhero franchises, it has been shown that directors are smart when they cast a good actor and not just someone to fill a role.
That’s this writer’s thoughts, at least, on this controversial and divisive topic.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, consumer electronics, and the entertainment industry.