Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to avoid comparing Rob to his favorite superhero when you look at the pictures.
The comparisons are pretty evident; the dark circles under his eyes, the scruff on his face, the six-pack, the athletic build, the cool demeanor. He even has one of those cheeky grins that makes you think of the Caped Crusader.
In case you didn’t know, Rob is a huge Batman fan and even named one of his bands after the Dark Knight. He has even said that he wants to play the role of Batman one day.
Is He the Perfect Fit For the Role?
Let’s get one thing clear — Rob isn’t a perfect fit for the role of Batman. Far from it. In fact, he’s downright bizarre. Most of us can’t even imagine how he would play the part.
For starters, he has a really pale complexion that makes him look like an albino Batman. Even more bizarre is that he has a complete disconnect between the part and the way he looks. For example, he often plays it cool and aloof, but he also seems to really care about what people think about him. That sort of character would never put himself in a situation where he could be seen as a perfect fit for the part.
Is He Suitable For The Part?
As we’ve established, Rob isn’t exactly the ideal candidate for the role of Batman. Is he suitable? Well, kind of. There’s a reason why Batman fans have been waiting more than 80 years for a credible alternative to play the Dark Knight, and Rob fits the bill.
Even though the part demands an athletic build, Rob doesn’t seem to have the time for any kind of sports. He’s more of a couch potato. However, he does go to the gym regularly and eat healthy food. He also volunteers at a local animal shelter as a means of giving back to society.
The biggest issue with Rob is that he can’t play the part. It’s not that he’s bad — far from it — but the script just throws so many curveballs that it’s difficult for even the best actors to perform without breaking a sweat.
For example, the script calls for him to have a split personality. The Rob we know and love isn’t capable of doing that. The part of Batman also requires him to wear a mask most of the time, and the guy we know doesn’t wear makeup or a mask. It’s not that he’s trying to be deceptive or hiding his identity, he just doesn’t see the point in playing a superhero if he doesn’t have to.
On the other hand, there’s no denying that Rob is passionate about what he does. He loves playing guitar and singing, but he doesn’t get a chance to do that very often, mainly because of his busy schedule. He’s learned to embrace the fact that he’ll never be able to do everything he loves in life, and he makes the best of it.
Forget about comparisons for a minute because they’re inevitable, but let’s talk about Rob as Batman instead. Is he the perfect fit for the part? Most likely not, but he’s certainly suitable. Is he the best actor we’ve ever seen in the role? Perhaps not, but he’s close.
The biggest problem is that we all want to compare him to the iconic Christopher Nolan, and there’s really no way to compare something to perfection. Rob doesn’t stand a chance in the face of perfection. Is he the best alternative we’ve ever seen for the role? You be the judge.
The Bottom Line
You might not want to put it out there, but we all know who you’re referring to when you talk about Rob being the perfect fit to play Batman. He’s not perfect, and that’s what makes him so intriguing.
Is he the best actor ever to play the part? Without a doubt. Is he the perfect fit for the role? Not by a long shot. But is he the best alternative we’ve ever seen? You be the judge. What’s important is that we can’t deny that he’s accomplished something that hasn’t been seen before, and something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s not often that you get a chance to see a legendary actor step away from one of their iconic roles, and even more often that you get to see an actor of such a high caliber play something different from what they normally do. It’s rare that you get to see someone break new grounds, even if they’re just for a little while, and that’s what makes this experience so special. We’re already talking about Rob’s future as Batman, so maybe this role will be the exception that proves the rule.