It was only a matter of time before the Batman vs. Robin rumors started circulating once again. After all, we all know that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson are the Robin and Batman of the Batman and Robin series, respectively. Now that the dust has settled and we have a better idea of what actually happened and didn’t happen on the set of the upcoming Batman vs. Robin, it’s time to revisit the question: Who is Robert Pattinson’s Batman and how does he differ from the traditional version?
While researching this topic, it became apparent that there is no real consensus among Bat-fanatics. Some believe that Rob is playing the part of both Batman and Bruce Wayne, while others think he’s only one of the two. But before we dive into the debate, let’s take a look at the information we have to work with.
Where Do I Start?
First off, let’s establish some timeline. In the original Batman series, the character was inspired by the 1930s film serials and the Comics Code Authority. In addition to using a codename, the Dark Knight never wore a mask. He also didn’t wear a cape or use other kinds of gadgets. This incarnation of Batman remained consistent throughout the series’ 12-year run from 1940 to 1952. However, the character continued to evolve slightly throughout the years.
In the summer of 1989, Batman’s world changed forever with the release of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight. Miller’s gritty take on the character saw the return of the cape and cowl, along with a brand new look for Batman. Since then, the Caped Crusader has been portrayed in a variety of ways. Most recently, in the Christopher Nolan series, Christian Bale’s Batman has been featured in both comic book form and in movies.
What About The Joker?
In addition to evolving with the times, Batman has also seen his fair share of villains. To name a few, the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, the Joker, Clayface, and the Mad Hatter have all had their turns as Batman’s top-billing collaborator. Of course, we have to start with the Joker. When it comes to the Dark Knight’s most notorious adversaries, it’s hard to ignore the man who calls himself the Clown Prince of Crime. The DC Comics character first appeared in the pages of the very first Batman comic book in 1940 and has appeared in every single installment of the character ever since.
In most iterations of the character, the Joker is a criminal who orchestrates elaborate murders to fuel his sick sense of humor. However, in interviews with Empire magazine, actor Mark Hamill stated that the Clown Prince of Crime was based on two real-life individuals: Dr. Jack Gill and Charlie Chaplin. But who is Dr. Jack Gill and what was his involvement in shaping the character of the Joker?
According to Bleeding Cool, Jack Gill was an English psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who worked at the Maudsley Hospital in London. As a child, Gill was inspired by a book of fairy tales and dreamed of becoming a superhero. After studying at the London School of Economics and gaining experience as a junior analyst at the Maudsley, Gill started his own practice and began specializing in cases involving children with behavioral problems. As part of his analysis, he would visit kids in their homes and help guide their parents in raising their children properly. Many of the cases Gill worked on involved children who displayed sociopathic tendencies or were identified as potential school shooters.
While some consider the Batman franchise to be at the forefront of media innovation, the character’s rich history and continued popularity prove that it’s among the most iconic figures in pop culture. Moreover, the fact that so many different artists have drawn Batman over the years is a testament to the character’s enduring allure. But who is the real Batman and how does he differ from the version we know and love? We’ll have to look to the comics to find the answers.