Robert Pattinson is poised to become the next Caped Crusader in the upcoming film “The Batman.” After the Twilight saga, Pattinson himself avoided any big franchises. And this is the reason that despite being one of the most in-demand actors, he has never appeared in the MCU. But who can say “No” To Batman, huh? The casting of Robert Pattinson as the Batman received mixed responses at the time. And there were different factors behind such a reception that we will look at in this article.
This article will brief how Robert Pattinson became the next Dark Knight and what we can expect from his upcoming film “The Batman.” We will also share some of the factors that, in our opinion, made his casting a bit controversial. And we will also take a look at the reception of the trailer of “The Batman.”
Development Of The Batman
Initially, Warner Brothers were interested in Ben Affleck reprising his role as The Dark Knight in his standalone film. Ben Affleck was set to direct and write this film as well. Even the title of the film was revealed by Ben Affleck himself to be “The Batman.” Affleck had also finalized a draft of the film with Geoff Johns. But after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the negative reception overall. As a result, the project was delayed, with Affleck’s involvement also posing a question mark. Soon it was revealed that Ben Affleck would not direct the film.
The studio hired Matt Reeves to direct this standalone “The Batman.” The Batman was supposed to be a part of the DCEU and was originally planned to explore the death of Robin hinted in BvS: Dawn of Justice. But after Matt Reeves took over, the script would also undergo several changes. And ultimately ended up getting scrapped in favor of a new script. Resulting in Ben eventually exiting from the project. It was later revealed that Matt Reeves himself wanted to tell the story of a young Batman. He also said that he wanted to direct a film that would focus on the detective side of Batman.
As none of the live-action Batman appearances have focused on the detective side of Batman that we are so used to seeing in the comics and DCAU. And started working on a new script that would showcase this side of Batman in a noir film.
Casting Of Robert Pattinson As Batman
After finalizing the script, Matt Reeves and the studio started looking for actors to play Batman and shortlisted five actors. But Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult were the top contenders. And after a screen-test, Robert Pattinson was selected as the next Batman. While Pattinson said, he signed on to play Batman because he was interested in the character’s lack of superpowers.
After the news of Pattinson’s casting leaked, he was met with negative backlash. But Christopher Nolan and Christain Bale supported him and encouraged him to take on the role.
Impact of DCEU On Pattinson’s Casting
There is no doubt that Robert Pattinson is a brilliant actor and has the ability to make any role his own. But the way Ben Affleck exited from the role of Batman raised some questions. And die-hard Snyder fans thought that this was due to the negative reception of BvS: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad. As a result, they urged the studio not to compare DCEU with Marvel. But at that time, MCU was the paragon of success that every studio wanted to achieve. And fans believed that it was because of this reason that Affleck was pushed out of the role.
Whatever the truth might be, due to this belief, the casting of Robert Pattinson as Batman was met with hostility from fans who believed that Ben Affleck should have played the role.
Trailer of “The Batman”
The trailer of “The Batman” really impressed everyone silencing all the critics of Robert Pattinson as Batman. Even the fans that initially opposed his casting expressed their support for the film after it was revealed that this standalone film would be based on Earth-2, therefore, keeping the hopes of Ben Affleck’s return a possibility.
“The Batman” has since become one of the most anticipated films to release next year. Unfortunately, the production and release schedule was hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the film’s release was delayed by a year to March 04, 2022. Hopefully, we will see the film on this release date as the film has already entered the post-production phase.
What To Expect From Pattinson’s Batman
After the film’s trailer, hopes are very sky-high, and hopefully, we will get to see an exciting and unique take on Batman. “The Batman” is set to feature multiple villains that Batman will face in the film. According to the insider reports and other information sources, the film will feature Robert Pattinson in the year two of Batman, where he will be facing the Falcone crime family and other traditional villains such as The Riddler and Penguin. In addition, Zoë Kravitz is also set to make her live-action debut as Selina Kyle, AKA Catwoman, alongside Robert Pattinson.
So the cast and storyline of the film are up-and-coming. And especially after the success of the standalone Joker film. “The Batman” has also become one of the most talked-about films in Hollywood. The final decision on how the film actually is can only be delivered after its release. But other than that, everything is headed in the right direction. And we sincerely hope that we will get to see a very different Batman than what we are used to seeing.
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