Who is the better Batman: Christian Bale or Robert Pattinson?
The answer to this question relies on how you feel about the Batman films. If you love the Dark Knight as a representation of the human condition, then it’s easy to justify choosing Christian Bale. After all, this is the actor who took on what many consider to be the greatest role of all time, mentally and physically breaking down so you can really feel what it’s like to be Batman.
On the other hand, if you think that Pattinson embodies the cool, detached attitude of the gentleman vigilante, then it’s easy to see how you might prefer his take on Gotham’s greatest detective.
The Pros And Cons Of Each Actor
Let’s start with the good points of each actor. First off, Christian Bale does a wonderful job as Batman, and, in my opinion, one of the best performances of all time. He truly captures the essence of the Dark Knight and brings an intensity to the role that isn’t too often seen in film. His acting in The Machinist and Warner Bros.’s Batman trilogy is incredible.
However, Bale does not do as good a job at portraying Bruce Wayne / Batman. In fact, I would say that he is miscast as the billionaire playboy. I feel that the filmmakers should have gone with Gary Oldman or, at the very least, Jack Nicholson for the part. They could have also worked on making Bale’s muscles look more like the definition of “buff,” as he has a tendency to overexaggerate when he hits his physical limits, which makes him look slightly feminine, or at least less of a man.
Robert Pattinson is by far the best choice for the part of Bruce Wayne / Batman. He has a natural elegance and an air of mystery that makes it easy to understand why the billionaire playboy has been imagined, in story and in film, so many times over the years.
The British actor also has a certain charm that makes him a little more approachable as a protagonist, which, in my opinion, is vital for a superhero who is supposed to be portrayed as a role model and an example to everybody, especially the young people.
Unfortunately, because of contractual obligations, Pattinson won’t be able to take on another Batman movie anytime soon, which is a real shame, because as an actor, he really was born to play the Dark Knight.
Winner: Christian Bale
Based on the above, it’s clear that Christian Bale is the better Batman. He does an incredible job portraying what it means to be Batman, both mentally and physically, and you can see the results of his training in every frame of The Dark Knight. Robert Pattinson, on the other hand, is a fantastic actor, but as Bruce Wayne / Batman, he just doesn’t have the same ring to it as Christian Bale does. Besides, because he’s not contractually obligated to appear in any further Batman movies, we can expect to see more of Robert Pattinson as we know he can play, which is why he’s always my first choice whenever they ask me who I’d like to see play Batman.
Who’s The Better Supehero?
Let’s move on from the dark side to discuss the better superhero. There are several characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could play the part of a superhero in a movie. For example, Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier; Donald Glover’s (a.k.a. “Solemani”) Rocketman; or Tony Stark, as he appears in the upcoming Iron Man 3.
Ultimately, I think that the best suited for the part of a superhero, or supervillain, are the following four actors:
- Benedict Cumberbatch (a.k.a. “Doctor Strange”)
- Michael B. Jordan (a.k.a. “Black Panther”)
- Chris Evans (a.k.a. “Captain America”)
- Jamie Foxx (a.k.a. “Deadpool”)
These are, in order, my top pick for the part of a superhero, followed by my top pick for the part of a supervillain. Let’s take a look at why.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Doctor Strange is exactly what they needed in the MCU: a character that they can use to connect to the comics readers who’ve followed the story of the wizard since the early 1960s. For those who haven’t heard of Doctor Strange, he was first introduced to Marvel Comics in 1963 and became a regular part of their publication, eventually becoming one of the most prominent members of the “Marvel Knights” superhero team as the team’s “Doctor Strange,” a role that he played from 1988 to 1993.
As fantastic as his performances in the Sherlock films are, it’s Doctor Strange, and the character’s backstory as a brilliant and eccentric physician, that interests me the most. His dialogue is also fantastic, as he exhibits a dry wit that isn’t often seen in films. One of my favorite scenes from Doctor Strange has got to be when he confronts the villainous Baron Mordo, played by the magnificent Ciarán Hinds. The two of them banter back and forth, throwing out witty one-liners as they fight. It’s a great example of what makes Doctor Strange, in my opinion, the best candidate for the part of a superhero in the MCU.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan is another actor whose name I’m sure most of you have heard of, even if you don’t know much about him. Since he burst on the scene around the age of 25 with a string of appearances in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” as well as “Adjudicator,” “Black Panther,” and “Deep Water,” he’s achieved a certain level of fame, mostly for his scene-stealing performances. Jordan is a perfect fit as the lead in Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Black Panther” film, as he possesses the perfect combination of talent and looks that the role demands.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jordan in a comedic role, but he still has an impressive ability to laugh at himself, which I feel makes him the perfect choice for one of the upcoming Marvel Studios releases, especially “Black Panther.”
When it comes to Chris Evans, the phrase “workaholic” doesn’t even begin to cover it. The “Avengers” star has continuously sought out and worked on projects that will continue to build upon his success as an actor. The most recent addition to his resume comes in the form of a supervillain named Red Skull, who, in the Marvel Comics Universe, was a notorious Nazi leader and terrorist, whose plans for world domination were thwarted by Captain America and the Allies at the end of World War II. Evans portrays the character with such conviction that you almost forget that he’s playing a villain.
For many years, Evans was the only black actor to regularly appear in the “Captain America” series, and, in my opinion, he did an excellent job. He embodies the character’s ideals and continues to impress with his superb physicality as he trains for his part in “Black Panther.”
Jamie Foxx is one of the most versatile and popular actors of our time. Besides being known for his comedy skills and role as the legendary Dapper Dan in the “The Professional” and “Do the Right Thing,” he’s also starred in numerous high-profile films, ranging from the action thriller “Deep Blue Sea” to the romantic comedy “Blessed” to the historical epic “Macbeth.”
Since I feel that he can play both heroic and villainous roles with equal aplomb, it’s no surprise that he was considered as a possible choice to play Batman. One of my favorite scenes from the trailer for “Deadpool 2” has got to be when Foxx’s character shoots a guy and then proceeds to eat the man’s brains, which gives us a glimpse at just how versatile he is when it comes to comedy.
However, if I had to choose between Jamie Foxx and Robert Pattinson as a superhero, I would have to go with the latter. Not only does he have the look and charm of the perfect playboy billionaire, but he also seems to truly understand the character of Deadpool.