It is safe to say that the character of Batman has become one of the most iconic roles in film history. While the caped crusader has been around in Hollywood for decades only a few men have gotten to wear the cape and cowl. The first to really cement his legacy as Batman was Adam West followed by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christain Bale, and finally Ben Affleck. Though each actor portrayed Batman in their own unique way they all shared a common thread in regards to the role. Each suffered some sort backlash or skepticism when they were announced for the role of Batman. You can add Robert Pattinson to that list as well.
Most agree that Ben Affleck had it the worst due to the internet and social media but even Michael Keaton received harsh criticism back in the late 80’s. When the casting of Robert Pattinson as the next Batman was announced their were plenty of opinions shared across social media. Pattinson known by most for his role as Edward Cullen has had plenty of other roles in Hollywood, mostly in the independent scene. What Pattinson shared with Keaton was they weren’t known as action stars prior to their roles as Batman. Director Matt Reeves fortunately knew of Pattinson’s work and was his first choice to be Bruce Wayne. He knew that there would be some backlash but didn’t care because he knew it came with the role.
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In the most recent issue of Esquire, Matt Reeves discussed the backlash that comes with the role. “There has been no actor when his announcement that he was going to be playing Batman in one of the feature films was announced, that has not received a backlash,” Reeves says. “The people who were excited, I knew it was because they knew Rob’s work post-Twilight. The people who weren’t excited, I knew it was because they didn’t know Rob’s work post-Twilight.”
I will admit that I didn’t know a lot of Pattinson’s work outside of Twilight before the announcement. But when I saw Pattinson in TENET I became a fan of him. It seems that the initial backlash has calmed down after the trailers have shown a gritty and dark Batman.
What do you all think? Are you excited to see Robert Pattinson as Batman? Let us know in the comment section below.
The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4.