Wow. I did not see this coming. According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Robert Pattinson has been tapped to play Bruce Wayne in The Batman. To say I didn’t expect this casting would be an understatement. Names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Kit Harington, Armie Hammer, and even Timothee Chalamet were all rumored to play Bruce Wayne at some point, but not once did I even consider Pattinson. Most people still associate Pattinson for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise. However, Pattinson has been showing off his acting chops in smaller, independent films over the years. He shined in The Lost City of Z and Good Time. Pattinson has this weird appeal to him. He’s handsome, but I wouldn’t say he’s A-list handsome. He can definitely act and lead a franchise, but it’s the smaller, quirky roles that standout for me.
I’m very interested to see Matt Reeves’ version of the iconic superhero. I was a huge fan of Reeves’ work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Here’s the thing. Nothing will ever touch Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. There will never be a comparison. If it’s a carbon copy version of Bruce Wayne, it will fail miserably. However, if Reeves and Pattinson can put a newer, weirder, and darker spin on Bruce Wayne, I’m all for it. See you in 2021, Batman.