Robert Pattinson’s Explanation Of Why He Wants To Play Batman Is An Utter Hype Factory

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Despite putting in a decade of work on the indie scene, it appears that the general movie-goer still rolls their eyes whenever Robert Pattinson’s name comes up.

Take my co-worker Cass, for example. When I shared to our Slack group that I would be writing this very article, his response was, and I quote: “I can definitively say this is the first super-hero movie I won’t even watch on a plane for free. He’s just so so so so fucking bad.”

Harsh, yet understandable words. Because the fact is unless you’re a “movie guy” like me, the last time you saw the dude was in the Twilight series.

However, the fact is that over the last decade, Pattinson has been honing his craft on the indie scene and is now one of the most exciting actors working. Just ask a little director by the name of Christopher Nolan, who cast Pattinson as a lead in his next film Tenet.

So what’s my point? My point is that if you’re a comic book movie fan, then you should be extremely excited about what’s going on with The Batman, as it not only has a potent and thoughtful action director at the helm in Matt Reeves, but it features a lead actor who — similar to Christian Bale — appears to be focusing on the darker aspect of Batman’s psyche.

“With Batman, it’s a strange one with me. I was very, very focused on it and I don’t know why. It just kind of kept coming back into my head. I knew they were doing another one. It just really appealed to me. I don’t know what it is which happened inside of me,” Pattinson said.

“It’s a different feeling where you want to do something where you know there’s an audience, there’s an anticipation from an audience that’s already there. I like doing something that is something an audience kind of doesn’t know that it wants and kind of try to get it out to them, and that’s a whole different thing. There’s a competitive side as well where you know everyone’s like, ‘Oh yeah? You want to play Batman?’ And it’s kind of fun. The challenge of it is kind of interesting.” [via Variety]

That — that right there — folks, are the thoughts of a man who understands the complexities of the character that is Batman, which is excellent news for those who are anticipating the film as eagerly as I am (mostly because I’m still blindly furious about Justice League, if we’re being honest)

In addition to Pattinson, The Batman — which is set to be released in theaters on Friday, June 25, 2021 — will star Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Paul Dano as Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Talk about a fucking cast.


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

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Eric Italiano is a NYC-based writer who spearheads BroBible's Pop Culture and Entertainment content. He covers topics such as Movies, TV, and Video Games, while interviewing actors, directors, and writers.