Robert Pattinson is set to star in the upcoming Batman movie, which will be his first leading role. The Twilight Saga movies were a huge success, and even though he’s kept a low profile since the end of the series, Pattinson has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. It seems like a dream come true to finally play the Dark Knight, and it’s even more surprising that it took this long for Hollywood to give him a chance.

The Making Of Robert Pattinson’s Batman

When it comes to the Batman franchise, Christian Bale is certainly the alpha and the omega, having played the part nine times so far and counting. But while Bale is one of the most famous and memorable Batmans in the world, it’s not always been a good thing, with many fans feeling that the Dark Knight’s acting career has gotten a little boring over the years. Bale’s Batman is often criticized for being two-dimensional and lacking in charisma, with many feeling that he never evolved as a character.

Whether it was his turn to play the Dark Knight or someone else’s, it seems that the role has always been a bit of a step child to Christian Bale. And now that it’s being passed down to another generation, with Pattinson being touted as the next big thing in Hollywood, it’s time for Christian to hand over the reins and let the next Batman shine.

The Difference In Quality

While Bale’s Batman is often considered iconic in its simplicity, other actors have tried to inject new life into the character, whether it was Michael Keaton in Batman (1989), Val Kilmer in Batman Returns (1992), or Jack Nicholson in Batman Forever (1995). But apart from those three movies, Christian Bale’s Batman is arguably the most consistent and highest quality version, which makes it the gold standard to which other actors’ performances are compared. With Bale at the helm, there has never been a bad Batman movie.

On the other hand, the other actors in the above list each brought their own unique qualities to the role, adding a layer of complexity to the Dark Knight that Christian Bale’s incarnation didn’t possess. But in most cases, those other actors never gained the popularity of Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the books on which the series is based. For whatever reason, fans of the series have always stuck with her and have rarely connected with the standalone adventures that featured these other actors.

The Antics Of The Twi-Lighters

Since the end of the Twilight Saga, Robert Pattinson has mostly kept a low profile, having only starred in a few relatively small and unremarkable films. But even in those, he managed to inject some of his trademark goofiness into the part, which became an instant hit with audiences. Most recently, he appeared in the Christmas comedy Christmas Wedding, co-starring with Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent, and he recently finished filming The Lost City of Z, a thriller set in pre-WWII Burma, alongside Leo McCarey (The Adventures of Ricky Ricky) and David Mamet (Boston Legal).

Pattinson has continued to keep busy, making sure to keep in shape by taking part in various adventure films, including Black Panther (2018) and Deadpool 2 (2018). And while he’ll most likely continue to play comedic and geeky characters in small screen appearances, it seems that Hollywood has finally found a way to give the multi-talented actor a leading role, which he’ll tackle with his trademark charm.

For the first time in a while, it’s time for Christian Bale to pass the baton. After nearly three decades, it’s time for the Dark Knight to be reinvented once more and for a younger generation to assume the role.