Many people already think of Robert Pattinson as the next Batman. The British actor has been praised for his dark and brooding looks, and many people think he would be the perfect fit for the role. Batman was first introduced in 1939 and has since become one of the most iconic characters in popular culture. He has been featured in several movies, played by British actors and voiced by some of Hollywood’s most famous actors. If you’re unfamiliar, the character was originally created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939, with the first ever Batman story launching that year. Since then, Batman has always been associated with dark stories and British actors, with a few exceptions.
The Perfect Fit
As previously mentioned, Batman is one of the most recognizable fictional characters in modern pop culture. He was first portrayed by British actors in the 1950s, and since then he has been featured in several British films. If you’re unfamiliar, here are some of the most notable British actors who have played Batman:
- Michael Caine
- Timothy Dalton
- Jackie Chan
- Michael Keaton
- Peter O’Toole
- Rowan Atkinson
Many British fans of Batman have long thought that Pattinson would make a perfect match for the role. He has the perfect dark and brooding image that the character is known for, and many think that he would be a great fit for the role. There have been several instances in which fans have expressed their discontent with how Hollywood has recently handled the character. Although he hasn’t officially been announced as the next Batman yet, many are calling for the Hollywood studio’s decision to be reversed. Why? Because they think Pattinson is perfect for the role and would make it more interesting.
An Unpopular Choice
It would seem that, at least among American fans, Michael Keaton is the actor that they most want to see play Batman. The actor gained international recognition for playing the role in the 1989 film. Since then, he has gone on to play other iconic characters such as Harry Potter and James Bond. It’s clear that Keaton’s popularity as Batman has rubbed off on the character itself, inspiring many fans to petition for his return. However, this is one character that Hollywood most likely won’t be reversing its decision on.
Keaton was the original choice for the role and was attached to the project from the start, but his schedule didn’t allow him to commit to the project. Since then, numerous actors have been mentioned as successors to the role, with many people believing that Pattinson would be the perfect fit. It seems that many people share the sentiment that Pattinson is the perfect choice for the role, because fan support for the actor is quite low. In fact, he is only listed as a co-star on the film’s IMDb page, with no mention of him playing the iconic role. It’s clear that fans are not that enamored with Pattinson, with only a few titles carrying his name on the movie’s IMDb page. It would seem that Hollywood thinks otherwise, as they have yet to make the decision to put Pattinson in the role.
An Actor That Wouldn’t Hurt
Rowan Atkinson is one of the most hilarious actors to ever work in film. He is best known for his comedic roles in movies like “Mr. Bean” and “Hotel Transylvania,” and he has even featured in one of Batman’s episodes. Aside from being hilarious, Atkinson is also a talented actor who has performed several iconic roles. If you’re unfamiliar, here are some of his most notable film characterizations:
- Mr. Bean
- Lex Luthor
- Timothy Dalton
- Gene Hackman
- Captain Hook
- Paddington Bear
Since playing these iconic roles, Atkinson has continued to work in movies and on TV shows. He also guest starred as himself on an episode of the comedy series “My Wife and Kids.” Batman is certainly one of the most recognizable fictional characters in pop culture, and having an actor like Atkinson in the role would certainly be interesting.
One Role Too Many
Batman has played a prominent role in many peoples’ fantasy lives since he was first introduced to the world. He has been featured in several major motion pictures, with no signs of him slowing down anytime soon. There are already plans in place for at least two more Batman films, with one being released in 2021. It would seem that Hollywood is already aware of how iconic the character is and doesn’t want to risk losing viewers by having a rotating door for the Batman role. Having so many films and an endless array of TV show appearances, it would seem that Batman is here to stay.
An Unexpected Twist
As previously mentioned, Batman has been portrayed by British actors throughout most of his history. However, that all changed in the early 2000s, with Hollywood ushering in a new era of Batman. For the first time since 1939, Batman was portrayed by a non-British actor, and it wasn’t until 2005 that the character returned to his roots, with the release of “Batman Begins.” It would seem that Hollywood wanted to give the character a fresh start, with the actor playing Batman in three films before the character was retired for the most part. During that time, rumors spread that a fourth film was in the works, with one of the titles being “The Dark Knight,” but those rumors were never confirmed. With no new entries in the works, it would seem that Batman is set to continue as a prominent character in the DC Universe for years to come.