It’s no secret that Warner Bros. hasn’t made a proper Batman movie since The Dark Knight Rises (which, to be fair, wasn’t all that special itself).
While Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was okay in hindsight, Justice League was an utter disaster in every sense of the word, especially when it came to Ben Affleck’s performance as the Caped Crusader, as the actor was clearly mentally checked out of the role.
Following the fallout of Justice League, not only did Affleck step away from writing and directing the DCEU’s first solo Batman film, but he stepped away from the role entirely, paving the way for yet another A-lister to be cast as Bruce Wayne.
Eventually, Robert Pattinson was cast to fill the iconic cape and cowl, and like all Batman castings in history, it was meant with some significant, yet entirely unnecessary, backlash.
Now, while the educated among us know that Pattinson has developed into an extremely talented and multi-faceted actor in recent years, there’s still a vocal minority of butthurt fans calling for his removal from the role. And longtime Batman producer Michael E. Uslan has a message for that vocal minority: just wait.
While speaking at Germany’s CCXP Cologne convention, Uslan said that fans need to have faith in Matthew Reeves and his vision for the film:
“My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision, the benefit of the doubt. Then wait ’til you see the movie,” Uslan began.
“And then once you see the movie, judge the hell out of it. But I think that’s really the formula going forward. I couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be more enthused, as a Batman fan, that Matt Reeves is the filmmaker in charge and has selected Robert Pattinson to be his next Batman,” he said.
“The star of the Batman movies is Bruce Wayne. Batman is the star. Batman is who everyone wants to see, along with the supervillains, so how does a filmmaker make the choice of which actor to cast? And I think the real key question for fans, and for all of us to focus on, is the filmmaker,” Uslan said. [Comic Book]
Given that DCEU’s recent rebound (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam!) have all been solid flicks and Reeves’ track record (Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes), fans ought to take Uslan at his word, as 2021’s The Batman is shaping up to be the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight.