Welcome to the world of movie star gossips! Over the years, the media has revealed plenty of juicy tidbits about the rich and famous: celebrities’ private lives, what they buy, where they go, and who they meet (or don’t meet). Although most of these stories are pure gossip, others reveal important information about the movies and the industry as a whole. One such story concerns the work of actor Robert Pattinson, who recently wrapped the filming of Batman. Before he takes off his mask and vanishes into thin air, let’s take a moment to explore this interesting Hollywood phenomenon.
Robert Pattinson’s Early Days In Hollywood
Let’s start with the most basic but crucial piece of information about Robert Pattinson’s bizarre journey to the big screen: where did he come from? Born in London in 1986, the answer is surprisingly simple. His parents, David and Deanna, were both film and theater professionals who worked together on a number of projects. Specifically, they met on the set of a Woody Allen movie and married shortly thereafter. They had another son, Charlie, who is also an actor. It’s often remarked that Robert resembles his father more than his mother, which could explain his dark complexion and edgy behavior. This is especially noticeable when viewing his father’s pictures from the 1950s, when he had a full head of hair and an elegant manner. So, basically, Robert’s father was a respected stage and film actor who frequently appeared in Woody Allen films, and his mother was a woman of many talents (she designed the costumes for several films, including the 2009 remake of Jane Eyre).
The first time we see Robert as an adult is in the 2005 film, the Dresden Files. In this movie, he played Harry Dresden, a professional wizard who helps out a group of detectives in their line of work. His performance in this film was so good that it earned him a spot on our list of the Top 100 Movie Stars Of All Time. Since then, Robert has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, often portraying characters with hidden talents or psychic powers. These days, Robert spends much of his time traveling and performing around the world. He has a particular fondness for France, and he often visits the country to film projects. He also has a house in the Hollywood Hills, and many of his movies are set there. (Notably, 2016’s Finding Neverland was filmed entirely in his native England, and he is credited with bringing that movie to life.)
Batman Begins: The Movie Star Was Here
The story behind the making of Batman Begins is arguably as fascinating as the character itself. After the success of the British sci-fi series, Lost, and the worldwide box office hit, Dragon Tattoo, director Christopher Nolan wanted to bring his unique brand of violence to the big screen. For the uninitiated, Nolan is renowned for his dark and stylish films, especially the Dark Knight trilogy. The Dark Knight was the highest-grossing film of 2008, and it still holds the record for the largest opening weekend box office haul (13.7 million tickets sold).
Nolan enlisted the help of his long-time friend, producer Emma Thomas (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter), who had previously worked with him on several films. Together, they decided to cast a then-unknown actor named Robert Pattinson in the lead role of Batman. According to Thomas, Nolan immediately saw the similarities between the young Robert and his iconic character, and he was sold on the idea. (Pattinson himself had a cameo as a criminal in the very first installment of the Dark Knight series.)
Batman was an immediate hit, so much so that it earned over $400 million worldwide within its first month of release. Critics and audiences alike responded enthusiastically to what would become one of the most iconic vigilantes in modern cinema. Many have hailed Pattinson’s performance as the best in the history of the Batman franchise. To this day, Batman remains one of the most popular and recognizable figures in Hollywood. In 2016, Forbes estimated his net worth at $300 million.
Robert Pattinson’s Body Of Work
Now let’s take a quick look at the body of work of the most popular actor on our list, Robert Pattinson. The first thing you’ll notice about him is his physical appearance: he’s usually shirtless, sporting a perfectly defined six-pack, and the lighting is usually very dim. It’s no wonder why he’s mostly played characters with an athletic build. In fact, a lot of his fans have referred to him as “Hotel California” due to his resemblance to the classic blues song’s protagonist, the famous Josh MacClane.
One of the first significant roles of Robert Pattinson’s was in the 2009 biopic, Submarine, about the ill-fated voyage of the HMS Tireless. He played the lead role of Jack Sawyer, a Royal Navy officer who volunteers to become a deck hand on a submersible vessel during World War II and is subsequently trapped on a glacier in Antarctica. (Think James Bond, but with a conscience.) The role required him to stay outdoors for extended periods of time and engage with nature. (Pattinson worked with renowned British-Indian cinematographer Freddie Francis on this movie.)
Another significant role came in 2013’s The Lone Ranger, in which he played the title character, an ex-convict who teams up with a Native American hunter to fight monsters and injustice in the Old West. (The film also starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.) While it’s not necessarily a comedy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest contains many laugh-out-loud moments, and it’s certainly one of the more colorful films in the series. Finally, in 2015’s The Way Back, he played Henry, a mountain man who befriends a blind child and helps guide her on her journey to seek revenge. (This was one of the more interesting roles for Pattinson, whose character is essentially both a father and a brother to the little girl he meets on the journey. [Spoiler alert: they do end up falling in love and having a child together.]) (Forbes has ranked several of his films on our list of the Top 100 Movies of All Time.)
Batman vs. Superman: Who Will Win?
In 2016, Robert Pattinson appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and he was quizzed about his performance as Batman and whether or not he had seen the Man of Steel. While he wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s seen the entire film, he did say he’d like to play Superman one day. (Corden even promised to give him a call if any TV shows were ever made about their shared comics background.)
The biggest news concerning Batman and Superman will be the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, which is set to be released in 2018. The pairing of these two legendary figures was inevitable, as their individual stories have always been linked. (Incidentally, a younger brother of John, the son of Batman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor, plays Superman in this one.) Christopher Nolan is once again at the helm of the project, and he’s brought in a number of big names to co-star: Henry Cavill (the new Batman), Ben Affleck (the new Bruce Wayne), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), and Amy Adams (Martha Wayne).
The director also revealed during an interview about the film that he isn’t opposed to the idea of a Black or brown Batman. While it’s not explicitly stated in the screenplay, he sees the character as “having a certain amount of arrogance that could be interpreted as racist.” Of course, given how Nolan made the Batman series so appealing to a wide audience, it’s unlikely that his comments will have any effect on the outcome of the film.
Apart from his physically intimidating persona, Robert Pattinson is known for his striking and original aesthetic choices. As we’ve established, he usually works with very low lighting and keeps his features minimal. (In fact, he’s often described as having a “gaunt” appearance.) To further the comparison to the Dark Knight, one of the best things you can say about Pattinson’s acting is that it’s incredibly realistic and that it doesn’t rely on expensive costumes or makeup to make the characters look realistic. This coupled with his minimalistic acting skills makes him stand out from the rest of Hollywood’s leading men.
Is He A Good Guy?
Is Robert Pattinson a good guy? He certainly seems to have the makings of a superhero himself: strong, silent, and loyal. Let’s take a look at some of the good things people have said about the actor over the years: