Batman has been a public favorite in terms of superheroes for years, and as Robert Pattinson takes on the role of the DC Comics superhero, fans are ready to hit theaters on March 4.
Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” is the next installment in the Warner Bros. DC franchise featuring Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. After more than a year of Batman stalking the streets of Gotham City, striking fear into the heart of criminals, his billionaire alter ego, Bruce Wayne, falls deep into the shadows.
Pattinson’s version of Bruce Wayne has a recluse rock-and-roll vibe, making Batman slightly unorthodox. The film dives into the emotional exploration of the twisted inner working of Batman’s mind. And who better to take on the role than the dynamic Pattinson.
In an exclusive interview with Baller Alert, Pattinson shares how this version of Batman is significant to him and how he made it original.
“The script made some radical changes from the familiar version of Batman. He’s not a playboy or part of high society like Bruce normally is,” said Pattinson. “He’s a complete weirdo, which kinda opened up a realm of possibilities to play Bruce and how to create Batman. The role organically felt different to me.”
One of the most notable elements of the film is how “The Batman” doesn’t delve into the origins of the Dark Knight. Instead, the film dives into the more defining moments of the Caped Crusador and Bruce Wayne’s family trauma — the story fans aren’t quite familiar with.
Pattinson shares what he wants fans to take away from this portrayal of the character. “The movie is about the unusual ways people get over the trauma and how it manifests afterward,” he said. “When you look at Batman and see him fight this one-on-one crime dressed as a sort-of a demon — There’s a deep issue there.”
He continued, “But also, it kinda makes his character more sane to me in a way. Rather than having total control over it, he’s compelled to do it instead. And I think fans should know that.”
At the core of the character is Batman’s connection to people because of the suit, the car, and gadgets, but he’s not really a superhero. He’s a human being driven to make sense of the human side of him.
Pattinson does a great job portraying Reeves’ isolated, socially awkward version of Bruce Wayne, who’s also a detective. Following Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, The Lighthouse actor said he’s glad he was able to deliver the role during this time in his life.
“I’m glad I got this role when I was older because it’s a ton of pressure, and I’m a lot better at handling pressure than I used to be,” he said. “We were also working under very intense circumstances, and after seeing it, I don’t even know how Matt Reeves did this. I’m still stunned.”
Given his career moves of late, it may seem surprising that Pattinson decided to play Batman — one of the most buzzed-about roles an actor can get. But after seeing the movie, it makes perfect sense. As he steps back into the spotlight, I’m sure “The Batman” will be what propels him back to blockbuster success.