The whole saga around who’ll be the new Batman is tiresome. It’s been an open secret for the past two years that Ben Affleck wasn’t coming back for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, so name after name has been linked with the coveted role.
Last week, Variety claimed that Robert Pattinson is wrapping up the deal to become the new Caped Crusader. While other outlets disputed it’s a done deal, the consensus is it’s imminent and he’ll be Batman unless he doesn’t want the gig.
As expected, the fandom reacted in a mixed manner. While some were happy with the casting, others were outraged that “the sparkly vampire from Twilight” would be the new Batman. Sadly, the latter opinion proves that most people are idiots and don’t realise that actors, well, act and aren’t the characters they portray on screen.
By all means, hate Twilight as much as you want, but realise the first movie was released over a decade ago. Pattinson has starred in numerous films since then, carving out quite the niche for himself in indie films. He’s worked with directors such as David Cronenburg and put on acting master classes in films such as The Rover and Good Time. His latest film, The Lighthouse, is picking up critical acclaim and he’s been cast in Christopher Nolan’s next project.
A choice that I never would have thought to try but been hearing some background chatter about Robert Pattinson being looked at, if the talks (source) are true then all of our predictions were wrong 👀😁 This might be your new Bruce #thebatman #batman pic.twitter.com/cNDKeRBzyb
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) February 3, 2019
The Twilight movies might’ve been his breakthrough, but it certainly doesn’t define his talent, nor should it. Much like everyone else on this planet, Pattinson took a job when he needed it, in order to survive and get to the next step. He’s openly admitted that he isn’t a fan of the film series and did it strictly for the financial freedom it afforded him. None of us have any right to judge him for it, as all actors have made movies they’d rather forget.
What’s incredible is, the fandom hasn’t learned its lesson yet. How many times have we seen castings result in outrage and the actors turn out fine (if not great) in the roles? Look at Michael Keaton when he was cast in Tim Burton’s Batman. Over 50,000 complaints were mailed to Warner Bros., stating he was a comedy actor and looked nothing like the character, then he ended up defining the Dark Knight for ages. Heath Ledger is another good example; no one believed “the gay cowboy from Brokeback Mountain” could be the Joker, yet he ended up winning an Oscar and shutting up all the whiny fanbois.
If Pattinson does end up taking the role, there’s nothing to be afraid of. He’s proven his acting chops over the past decade and is widely regarded as one of the best young actors of his generation. Just because the glue-sniffing part of fandom has been too lazy to give him a chance after Twilight doesn’t mean he’s a bad actor. Reeves knows what he’s doing; if he chose Robert Pattinson, it’s because he’s the right person for the cape and cowl. So, chill.