It’s been a week since the release of the new Batman movie, and the speculation about who the masked hero might be has already begun. One of the most prominent names being mentioned is Robert Pattinson. Not only is he the actor who plays the titular role, but he’s also currently dating Victoria’s Secret model, the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. What are the chances that both men will become a household name intertwined with a pop culture phenomenon?

Pattinson Is A Modern-day King

To begin with, it should be pointed out that Pattinson has always been a small-sized man. Even throughout his acting career, as evidenced by pictures from his childhood, he’s always been a slender guy. However, the past seven years haven’t been kind to him, and he’s now below average height for a human being. If his recent media appearances are any indication, he seems much happier than he’s ever been, and he’s definitely gained a lot of weight. Most notably, he’s filled out considerably since hitting Hollywood, and he’s even developed a bit of a paunch. Perhaps the biggest transformation is his hair. Normally, he wears his hair very short. However, since filming for Batman began, he’s sported a full-blown, messy mop. It’s not clear if this is a permanent hair change, but it certainly seems this is the kind of hairstyle he sports when he’s portraying the Caped Crusader.

Why Is Everyone Obsessed With The Batman Rumour?

For whatever reason, the Batman rumor has captured the public’s imagination, and it’s not hard to see why. First off, it’s been a long time since fans have been able to get their hands on a new Batman film. After a four-year hiatus, the Dark Knight returns to the big screen with Ben Affleck in the director’s chair and a mostly-fresh cast. Even better, Warner Bros. has decided to eschew the usual PG-13 rating in favor of an R rating, allowing them to be a little more daring in regards to the content.

What’s more is that Batman is one of the most influential and popular characters in modern pop culture. The Dark Knight has been featured on everything from the cover of major magazines, to the finale of high-profile series’ like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Of course, with any character as iconic as Batman, fans will always have their theories about who the mystery man might be.

Pattinson: The Dark Knight Or Just Another Pretty Boy?

Whether or not you buy into the Robert Pattinson / Batman connection, it’s hard to deny that the rumors have been quite the talking point. It all started a few days after the film’s premiere when British tabloid, The Sun, published an article claiming that the actor was in fact playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming movie. From there, the rumors really took off. It was later revealed that Pattinson was in fact in talks to play Batman, however, his involvement was only rumors.

It seems that Pattinson’s size has always been a topic of conversation, even before he became the latest face of Hollywood’s golden era. Back in 2011, when the actor was in talks to star in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s, It, he was said to be one of the smallest men ever to play the role of the Big Bad Wolf. Similarly, during an interview this past March, director Guillermo del Toro revealed that he turned to prosthetics and digital effects to make the giant spider that terrorizes Penelope look even more realistic.

If there’s one thing that the media has gotten right, it’s that Pattinson’s transformation into the Big Bad Wolf would be a remarkable feat. Since the initial announcement, fans have been patiently waiting to see how the makeup might hold up. While we wait for an official word, check out some of the wildest Halloween costumes based on the Batman rumor.