Most people know who Robert Pattinson is now. The 23 year old had previously been mostly restricted to working in television and advertising, playing video game characters or appearing in music videos. Since late 2017, his acting career has taken off with a string of high-profile films including Dark Phoenix and Midnight. In early 2018, it was announced he would star in the highly anticipated but controversial remake of The Mummy, joining a cast which also stars Annabelle Wallis and Sofia Boutella. With a filmography which includes gritty indie gems like Pattinson’s directorial debut Water for Elephants and music-focused numbers like the high-profile Twilight films, it’s no surprise that Hollywood wants to work with him.
While it’s easy to be tempted by the glamour of Hollywood, it’s important to remember that fame and fortune come with a price. Many celebrities suffer from extreme anxiety and insecurity which manifests itself in social withdrawal and the need to constantly be surrounded by bodyguards. For some, this can be exacerbated by their fame. What’s more is that many actors aren’t paid as much as they should be for the huge role they play. In many cases, the studios don’t see them as major money-spinners and undervalue their talent. This can lead to a vicious cycle where the more they make, the more they want and the more they have to protect themselves from. It’s a scary thought, being famous for being famous.
With all this in mind, let’s dive into how much is Robert Pattinson paying for the Batman role. Is it enough to make a difference? Is he getting the proper compensation for the monumental task? Let’s take a look.
How Much Does He Actually Make?
Thanks to Hollywood’s fascination with the Dark Knight, it’s easy to assume that Robert Pattinson will end up making a ton of money as the new Batman. Not so fast there friend. While it’s true that he will play one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood history, it’s important to remember that he’s not actually making that much money directly from the role itself. In fact, the majority of his earnings come from a variety of different sources.
One of the first gigs he landed after securing his SAG card was in a small but pivotal role as an American student in the 2017 biopic Midnight. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and starring John Malkovich and Isabelle Huppert, this is one of the crucial first appearances of the new Batman. According to the director, the film’s marketing department started receiving calls about Robert Pattinson from all over the world. They’d soon discover that people were more interested in his character than the actual film itself. The young actor’s unique combination of beauty and brains certainly struck a chord with audiences and landed him a slew of roles including A Game of Thrones, the upcoming Aquaman and High Life, a role in the upcoming Joe Cornish movie Black Widow.
This is a pretty incredible string of roles for such a young actor. Not bad eh? Well, not yet. While all these roles are certainly prestigious, it’s important to remember that they’re all relatively small in comparison to what he could be earning had he chosen a different route. For instance, if he’d wanted to play a more traditional superhero, he probably would have gotten a lot more gigs over the past year. The key takeaway from all this is that, even though he’s the new Batman, he’s still just an actor and his earnings will always come from somewhere else. This isn’t just limited to superhero roles either. He’s currently playing an aging rock star in the upcoming film High Life, which was released in April of this year and has already started receiving critical acclaim. This performance could very well earn him his first Academy Award nomination.
The Villain of the Century?
It’s been a long time coming, but at long last, we have our first official look at the new Batman. While we don’t know a ton about his backstory just yet, what we do know is that he will be a villain at the forefront of the 2020 cinema season. This much we know thanks to a new trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Directed by Reeves and starring Joaquin Phoenix, the film will explore the dark history of the Dark Knight (in the DC Comics sense, not the movie sense) as he faces off against a gang of villains in a no-holds-barred gang fight.
The film itself will be released on January 24, 2020, so we’ll have to wait until then to find out more. What we do know is that this newest installment will continue Reeves’ tradition of great villain design and make the most of his creative team’s experience, led by The Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The duo created the character of Vibe, a villain whose ‘iron suit’ prevents him from feeling pain. We also get a first look at Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker which is easily one of the most unique and intriguing villains in recent memory.
With Vibe, the Russo brothers are bringing their A-game and showing us what we can expect from an all-out gang fight between good and evil. One of the biggest concerns about The Batman is whether or not the film will be able to pull off this kind of grandiose showdown, especially since this is the first Batman movie without Tim Burton in a decade. While we can’t know for sure, what we can do is dive into the minds of those who can. The folks over at ComicBook report that early reviews of Matt Reeves’ The Batman are extremely positive and feel that the director is hitting all the right notes. One of the main draws is the fight scenes, which they feel are incredible. As the trailer indicates, this movie looks like it’s going to be one of the most exciting cinematic spectacle to hit theaters in quite some time.