After becoming something of a living meme following the massive heights of the comically bad Twilight franchise, Robert Pattinson retreated to the fringes of Hollywood filmmaking — the indie scene — to hone his craft for the following decade.
Still just 33-years-old, Pattinson has begun to emerge from that self-imposed exile, as the English actor has put together a run of films — The Lost City of Z, Good Time, High Life, The Lighthouse, and The King, to name a few — that has put him among the industry’s most sought-after A-listers.
His strategy has obviously paid dividends, as Pattinson’s next two films are not only set to be two of the biggest of his career but are two of the flashiest roles an actor can land.
First, in 2020, he’ll star as one of the two leads in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming time travel epic Tenet. Then, of course, he’ll follow up his star turn in Tenet by appearing as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ 2021 reboot The Batman.
Speaking to The New York Times, Pattison delved into his upcoming portrayal of the Caped Crusader, pointing out that he believes Batman is “not a hero”.”
“He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero — there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.”
His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character.” [The New York Times]
Based on everything we’ve heard about the project — such as the characters involved and the Batman stories the screenplay is drawing from — it’s clear that the version of Bruce Young we see in The Batman will be a young, jaded, unproven, and potentially reckless version of the character.
The Batman — which also stars Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon — will hit theaters in the United States on Friday, June 25, 2021.
As for Pattinson, you can see him in The Lighthouse opposite Willem Dafoe, which hits theaters this weekend.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Contact him on Twitter @eric_ital or via email email@example.com