So you think you’re going to be the next great love interest in a Batman film, but let’s be honest here, you probably haven’t even thought about being in a movie at all. How many times has Robert Pattinson played Batman? Let’s look at his life in movies over the past decade.

Pattinson’s Life In Movies

We’ll begin by looking at the early years of Robert Pattinson’s acting career. He made his debut in the 2008 movie adaptation of the Broadway hit musical The Book Club, which was directed by and starred Jane Austen’s other great favorite, Kenneth Branagh. In this adaptation of Austen’s classic novel, Pattinson played the role of Frank Churchill, a dashing yet reckless youth who falls in love with Branagh’s character, Emma Woodhouse.

Nine years later, in 2017, Pattinson would return to the world of theater, playing yet another Shakespearean hero in Mike Nichol’s Richard III. This adaptation of the Bard’s greatest tragedy stars Branagh, yet again, as the evil King Richard who schemes to rise to the throne. But this time around, it’s Pattinson’s turn to shine as the titular character.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen Robert Pattinson play a wide variety of characters. From dashing young men to scheming kings to emotionally fragile artists, the actor has shown great versatility in taking on these challenging parts. He’s even had the chance to show off his comic timing in several modern day comedies, the most memorable being his portrayal of a very strange Batman.

Batman Begins And The Making Of A Classic

In 2011, Warner Bros. hired the team behind The Dark Knight (which, in case you forgot, won five Academy Awards) to direct the first of two planned big-budget Batman films. The resulting film, Batman Begins, marked a significant turning point in the evolution of the Batman franchise. Where the previous two films had been largely set in the sixties, Batman Begins ushered in an entirely new era, depicting Gotham City as it stood in the twenty-first century.

It’s often said that Batman Begins is the best of the trilogy, and it’s easy to see why. The film’s amazing production value is only matched by its stellar cast and the way it seamlessly weaves a classic Batman story with an exciting, modern twist. In addition, the plot of Batman Begins is remarkably complex for a superhero movie, which is a testament to the film’s exceptional writing team.

One of the most impressive things about Batman Begins is how much it resembles a classical Russian novel, and not just by coincidence. The script was actually based on Russian writer Alexander Volkov‘s novel The Wrath Of Zubatov, and while most of Volkov’s story takes place in a more conventional location (St. Petersburg), the author did offer some tantalizing tidbits about an amorphous, dark figure whose mission is to destroy the world’s finest art.

The connection to Doctor Zhivago is clear, and it wasn’t just a literary one: Doctor Zhivago‘s renowned cinematographer, Luciano Tovoli, was hired to shoot Batman Begins, as was Doctor Zhivago‘s composer, Yuri Norichnikh. The music in Doctor Zhivago is some of the greatest film music ever written, and it’s the perfect fit for depicting the perilous adventures of Batman and his allies.

One Of The Most Influential Films Of All Time

With Batman Begins leading the way, Warner Bros. released its second installment, The Dark Knight, in 2012. Considered by some to be the greatest superhero movie of all time, The Dark Knight took the idea of a cinematic universe one step further, connecting its three stories—The Dark Knight Rises, The Joker, and The Batman—into one seamless narrative. It also doubled down on the gritty realism that had characterized Batman Begins and took its time setting in the sixties, exploring the effects of the counterculture on the city.

The film is also remarkable for its innovative techniques. It used IMAX cameras to shoot some of its scenes, as well as 3D cameras to make its action scenes even more life-like and immersive. Additionally, composer Hans Zimmer’s iconic score was re-recorded with a live band, giving it an organic, gritty quality that complements the movie’s realistic tone perfectly.

The Dark Knight is now considered one of the greatest superhero films of all time, and, along with its 2013 sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, it has been credited with helping to define the modern era of superhero films. The Dark Knight trilogy is one of the biggest sellers of all time, with its three films earning a combined $7.7 billion at the box office.

Robert Pattinson’s Controversial Decision To Play Batman

It’s fair to say that, since his portrayal of Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, Robert Pattinson hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves for playing some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters. But here’s the rub: Twilight isn’t a superhero movie. It’s a romantic comedy. And, as we all know, the romantic comedies are the ones that get all the credit anyway. So the fact that Bruce Wayne is played by an A-list actor doesn’t seem to matter quite as much.

This dynamic is what makes playing Batman so special. As the most recognizable face associated with the character, it’s always going to be compared to Harrison Ford’s legendary portrayal. But while Ford’s Batman was a relatively conventional character, Pattinson’s interpretation veers significantly from the source material. He injects the character with a surprising amount of physical comedy, making him a far more likable protagonist. And, perhaps most importantly, his Batman is a tortured superhero, driven mad by the events of the apocalypse.

Pattinson’s Emmy Nominated Performance

In 2017, Pattinson received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the titular character in the TV miniseries The Return Of Sherlock Holmes. This four-part limited series, which is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories about Sherlock Holmes, is something of a coming out party for Pattinson, who plays the eccentric detective in a loose adaptation of Doyle’s stories. While Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes was an incredibly aloof character, Pattinson’s take is much more interesting, adding a touch of humor to an already compelling character. It’s an exceptional performance, and a major turning point in his career.

Many consider Pattinson to be Hollywood’s greatest living playwright. He’s certainly managed to maintain a high profile in the industry while still finding time to work on projects like The Return Of Sherlock Holmes and develop plays like The Magnet, which had its world premiere last year, and Bitter Moon, an adaptation of Alice Munro’s classic children’s story, which he’s directing. And while much of the attention around Pattinson these days centers on his extensive work in film, he continues to write plays and has been working on adapting Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s acclaimed 1952 book about a pig named Charlotte, for the big screen.

It’s been a remarkable decade for Robert Pattinson. A once-in-a-generation literary celebrity, he’s managed to stay in the spotlight while never entirely losing sight of his literary roots. And, perhaps most impressively, he’s managed to continually reinvent himself while never straying too far from his iconic look. While 2019 may not be as memorable as previous years, it certainly won’t be the dull decade Hollywood fans might expect.