Rumors have been circulating ever since the news broke that Robert Pattinson has been cast as Batman in the Warner Bros. superhero team-up movie Justice League, but the actor has stayed relatively quiet regarding the speculation. Now that the film has hit theaters, it’s time for us to sift through the rumors, decide whether or not they’re true, and get to the bottom of this whole Batman casting situation.

Was Pattinson Hired Because of His Familiarity With Comic Books?

One of the most common theories going into this new Batman movie is that Robert Pattinson was chosen for the role because of his familiarity with comic books. The actor is best known for playing the legendary vampire Lestat in The Twilight Saga and its sequels, and many have assumed that he would have a background in comics as a result. That theory definitely has some legs. Not only did Pattinson read comic books as a kid, but he also went on to star in two other adaptations of popular Young Adult novels: the first is the Divergent series, in which he plays the role of Triskeletor, and the second is The Lost Boys, in which he portrays the murderous Earl (of Lost Boys fame).

Was Heirecently Hired Because Of His Familiarity With Comic Books?

Another popular theory behind the rumors of Patton being cast as Batman is that the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by Warner Bros. to promote their new movie Justice League. The studio behind the superhero film has a history of making elaborate casting stunts, and it was only a matter of time until they waded into the world of comic books and movie superheroes. So let’s assume for a second that all of this is true and that Warner Bros. did intentionally cast Robert Pattinson to play Batman. That still wouldn’t explain why he was the only actor chosen for the role. If they wanted to promote Justice League, they could have cast any number of famous actors to play the role of Batman, and it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as impactful as seeing Robert Pattinson step into the role. It almost seems like they went above and beyond just to have him play Batman.

Theories About Batman’s Personality

Whether or not you buy into any of the rumors surrounding the Batman casting, there’s no question that the character of Batman has been around for almost a century and has inspired many creators and fans. It might not be the most traditional comic book character out there, but it’s definitely one of the most iconic. So it’s no wonder that the internet has tried to figure out exactly what Batman would be like if he were real.

Here are just some of the theories surrounding Batman’s personality.

He’s A Jerk

Comic books have always been a pretty light-hearted and humorous genre. While there are certainly tragedies and heartbreaks in the comics, they also frequently deal with superheroes fighting monsters or talking animals, so it’s not really that surprising that many believe that Batman is pretty much a jerk. After all, he’s supposed to be the archetype of a no-nonsense antisocial genius.

While he’s certainly been portrayed as a bit of a jerk in some of the films, it wasn’t really established as his default personality. Even in the Dark Knight movies, when he’s been at his most intimidating, he’s still had moments of levity. One of the best examples of this is when Batman makes a rude hand gesture at the end of The Dark Knight, which completely screws up a young boy. The Joker also makes a brief appearance and steals the show with his wisecracks and silly stunts. It’s also worth noting that even during his darkest hour, when he’s believed to be dead, Batman still manages to crack jokes.

Batman definitely can be a jerk, especially when he’s been portrayed as such in some of the films. The Dark Knight is particularly infamous for revealing Batman’s true identity and taunting him with it. One of the most memorable scenes in that film is when a young boy sneaks up behind Batman and, with a quick tug, removes his mask. Batman immediately reacts by knocking the kid’s head against the wall, which is one of the first things he is shown to do in the film. It’s a dark moment, but one that’s heavily laden with humor.

Comic books have also traditionally featured a great deal of satire and parodies, so it’s no wonder that many believe that Batman is very much a product of his time and will never be taken seriously. One of the biggest influences behind Batman was the comics legend Alfred Hitchcock, who inspired the character’s dark and brooding nature while also pointing out his sense of humor and love of cinema. Batman and Alfred Hitchcock both enjoy a good joke, and it was clearly reflected in the latter’s influence. If you’re unfamiliar, Alfred Hitchcock was the mastermind behind one of the greatest film comedies of all time: it’s the 1938 classic The Lady Vanishes, which features an incredible performance by Elsa Lanchester as the eponymous Lady Vanishes. The comedy focuses on a pair of bumbling British detectives who inadvertently stumble upon a series of murders while trying to uncover a runaway marriage. For a more modern take on a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, we couldn’t think of a more fitting director for this character than Ryan Reynolds. Not only does he have a knack for comedy, but he’s also taken the role of the demonic creature that terrorizes Little Rock in Darren Aronofsky’s 2017 movie Mother!

He’s A Loner

If you’ve ever asked yourself (or anyone else) what it would be like to spend a day with Batman, the chances are you’ve imagined him as a pretty lonely guy. Batman’s been through a lot over the years, and he’s maintained a solitary lifestyle that has made him even more determined and focused than most people IRL. He also doesn’t suffer fools gladly, so it’s not really a stretch to believe that he’d be a bit of a recluse.

The Dark Knight is one of the most serious and somber of the Batman films, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s also one of the few that actually explore Batman’s psychological state while also addressing the events of the previous Batman film. It’s a darker film, which is appropriate given that it was made six years after Batman Begins and the terror inflicted by the Joker is, sadly, still very much present in the world. While it’s not easy to find much humor in such a film, The Dark Knight does allow for some moments of levity. The Joker is a manicured fingernails at the start of the film, as usual, but he spends most of the movie in physical torment and anguish. Towards the end, he even goes as far as to beg Batman for mercy.

Batman is a complicated character, and not many people could play him justice. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight, while certainly unique and ingenious, is also one of the most tragic performances of all time. Despite his best efforts, he was never able to shake off the mantle of the Joker, and his health deteriorated until the end, resulting in his untimely passing in January of 2008.

What we have here is a character that’s both terrifying and tragic. The closest analogues that exist in real life are serial killers and terrorists, and they too are characters that are frequently tragic. We should feel bad for Batman, but at the same time, we should appreciate and celebrate his genius. It’s probably for the best that he doesn’t socialize much. Otherwise, he may go insane from all of the stimuli and company. We don’t want that to happen.

Batman is certainly not an easy character to portray. While it’s not exactly what the majority of people would do for a living, it’s a far cry from being your everyday Joes’ hero. Many people would not only like to hang out with Batman, but they also feel inspired by his genius and no-nonsense attitude. It’s a bit like Albert Einstein’s quote about the definition of insanity, which is : trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The definition of insanity may apply here.