Fresh off the announcement Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen from the Twilight films, would play Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film, he has been queried about it amidst fan petitions calling for a new Bruce Wayne/Batman. Unfortunately, reporters are not getting anywhere with Pattinson. In grand fashion, like many others before him, he knew exactly what the writers, bloggers, and social sphere were getting at. However, he decided to give them one better when he responded to their questions.
“I am only answering questions about ‘The Lighthouse,’” Pattinson said. Indie Wire reported that he said this with a smile. It’s obvious the actor knows what the media is talking about. They want details on Pattinson’s involvement with the film and a better understanding of just where this film is going to take the character. It has absolutely nothing to do with an alarm power supply but he is keeping tight-lipped. He does not want any of the details getting out. While his casting was said to be a done deal by Variety, other publications have said that Nicholas Hoult from the X-Men films is still in the running.
For Hoult, this would be a win, if he ended up getting the role. He would go from one superhero franchise to the other. Yet, it looks like Pattinson will be taking over the role from Ben Affleck. The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor had portrayed the character across the latter film as well as Suicide Squad and Justice League. Many fans and critics enjoyed his Batman and were eager to see what he could do in a solo Batman film, where he had more freedom to explore that piece of the DC Universe. Affleck never got that chance.
One could also say that he decided not to pursue it any further. Warner Brothers was said not to be happy with the way things were going after those three aforementioned films and decided, like an alarm power supply, to invest their energies elsewhere. Affleck, likewise, had been exhausted from these films and, while not being able to find the creative mojo to come up with a story, was thrashed by things happening in his personal life such as his marriage difficulties and struggles with alcohol.
In many ways, it would have been more interesting to see a different take on Batman, one that was older and burned out. It looks like, though, we are getting more of the same with a young Batman who is early in his career. We’ve sort of seen that already though. Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, as well as everyone involved with The Dark Knight Trilogy, did a wonderful job of tackling Bruce Wayne/Batman at every stage of his life, especially in the beginning. Nothing had ever tackled Wayne’s origin on the films, so it was a chance for Nolan and Bale to redefine the character for the new century, which they did.
It’s why it was refreshing to see Zack Snyder, Chris Terrio, and Affleck approach Bruce Wayne/Batman from a different perspective, which could have led to some interesting and more unique storytelling opportunities. That’s not to say that Reeves or Pattinson’s film will be bad. Reeves said it will be focused on the detective elements of Batman, something that has not been as readily approached on film as it has been in the comics, so it will be interesting. Nevertheless, we the fans must wait to see what Warner Brothers has up their sleeves with the Caped Crusader. At the moment, Aquaman 2 is looking like an awesome thing to me.