A few years back, the world was on the verge of an apocalypse, due to a deadly virus that was sweeping the globe. Luckily, Bruce Wayne, billionaire playboy philanthropist and owner of the eponymous company, saw the crisis coming and secured an extract from his collection of spiders that could bite people and turn them into zombies. He dubbed it the “Zombie-Busting Spider,” and thus, the ‘Spider-Man’ meme was born. The original Spider-Man trilogy is considered one of the greatest films of all time, and it is often cited as the movie that ‘broke the internet.’
Now, the tables have turned. While the world is no longer at the brink of disaster, it has been invaded by monsters. Or, at least, that is what the world believes. In reality, these creatures are just human survivors trying to eek out a living in a world that has been taken over by monsters. In other words, it’s a post-apocalyptic world, but not exactly as we know it. Bruce Wayne is retired, living a quiet life in gated community in the Mediterranean, while his trusted employee, Alfred Pennyworth, looks after him. But, unbeknownst to the world, Bruce Wayne is still very much active, and he has been training his successor, the young entrepreneur, Thomas Wayne. For their first mission, they will have to defeat a hulking menace known as Bane. Which is just one of the monsters that have overrun the planet. Let’s take a quick peek into the new world of ‘Batman.’
Let’s start with the bad guys, because what is a superhero movie, if not one long list of entertaining villainy. Now that you have the obligatory monsters taken care of, it’s time to bring some meat to the list. Let’s begin with the Penguin, one of the founding members of The Joker’s gang, who came back from the dead (metaphorically speaking) to seek revenge on the families that put him away. Alfred Pennyworth is still by his side, looking after his interests and serving as his personal assistant. In other words, the Penguin still has a lot to live for, despite his best efforts to the contrary.
Let’s move on to Two-Face, the Riddler, and Harvey Dent, the man who would later become Two-Face. The first two are pretty self-explanatory. The Riddler, as his name suggests, wants to get clever. Dent, on the other hand, is Harvey Dent, no longer the man he used to be. Previously, he was a straight-laced workaholic lawyer who took the ‘do-gooder’ concept too far and became a bit too ‘martyrish’ for his own good. The interesting thing about these three villains is that they are all three-headed monsters: each one has a distinct personality flaw that the other two exploit for their own selfish goals. For example, the Riddler uses his vanity to trick people, the Two-Face turns his psychopathic tendencies into a business model, and Harvey Dent is completely unmasked when we last see him. What makes it even more interesting is that they are all three-dimensional characters, and the writers of the show give each of them a backstory that affects how they interact with each other and the main character.
While the bad guys are plenty to keep you entertained, we should not forget about the good guys. Let’s start with the Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin. Robin, or at least, the actor who plays him, is not really a ‘good guy.’ If anything, he is the comic relief, as you will see. Still, the Dynamic Duo are an essential element in the mythos of Batman, as seen in the animated series and the movie. It is a common misconception that the Dynamic Duo are somehow related to the crimefighter. In reality, they are quite the opposite: Batman is a dark and brooding type while Robin is a bit of a dry wit, and their partnership is forged through a series of unfortunate events, most of which involve the Joker. The other essential element to the Batman mythos are the Batsignals, emitted by the Caped Crusader whenever he is near. These are a series of distinctive bat-like howls that serve as signals to the people of Gotham that the crime-fighting season has begun. With all of that in mind, let’s get to the matter at hand: who is Robert Pattinson playing in ‘Batman’?
The name ‘Robert Pattinson’ may not mean much to you unless you are a fan of ‘Twilight.’ In that case, you may recognize him as the vampire, Edward Cullen, or as the smokin’ hot, and very Catholic, Christian Grey. He has also had a supporting role in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and a lead role in the ‘Water for Elephants’ and ‘The Rover,’ along with several television appearances. Additionally, he voiced the character of Scrooge in the ‘Home Alone’ series. Now, let’s talk about ‘Batman.’
Batman is, quite simply, the toughest guy of all time. Or, at least, the most popular one. There are literally hundreds of different Batman costumes, all of which are based on the style of the character, and all of which are incredibly fashionable. The most popular one, created by Jack Kirby and Don Denkinger in the sixties, still gets the most viewings on television and the silver screen. In the new world of ‘Batman,’ there are no civilians: everyone is a potential victim of the caped crusader’s justice. With that in mind, let’s look at Batman’s rogues’ gallery.
The Joker is undoubtedly the most popular and, at the same time, the quirkiest member of the Batman villainous collective. He is also one of the most infamous characters in movie history. First of all, there is no question that Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime was a near-perfect interpretation of the character. Second, he is often referred to as the greatest actor to have ever lived, which is quite an amazing feat, considering his role. Third, people love to hate the Joker: he is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting and complex villains in the entire Batman saga. On the one hand, he is a complete nihilist: he believes that there is no point to life and that everyone is completely worthless. On the other hand, he is a genius, and his plan to prove it to the world often turns into a game-changing plot twist. Fourth, he is one of the few villains that Batman actually beats. Finally, and quite possibly, the most important thing to keep in mind when thinking about the Joker is that he is, very much, HUMAN. Yes, he is a ‘monster,’ but he is also very much of this world. He is a flawed, yet lovable, human being with a heart of gold and a mind of steel. That is an extremely rare thing in Hollywood, where we so often see only the villain’s point of view. For that reason, Ledger’s Joker, although dead, will never really be forgotten.
The Penguin is one of the most popular and iconic villains from the Batman mythos. In the twenty-first century, his image has appeared on T-shirts, mugs, and even tattoos. Now, let’s consider how he fits into this new world. First, he is still alive. Second, he has minions. Third, he is often portrayed as a brutal gangster: he is not a kindly philanthropist like the Penguin as we know him from the traditional comic book. He is a very scary and dangerous individual whose image often conjures up images of penguins in ski masks terrorizing Gotham City. It is no wonder that Batman is on the lookout for him: he is, quite simply, one of the greatest adversaries the Dark Knight has ever faced. Unfortunately, the Penguin is not, at all times, as predictable as he should be: he has a tendency to spring surprises. Still, he is a very consistent villain, and that is what makes him so appealing. Fourth and finally, he is one of the very few villains that Batman actually acknowledges as an equal. When he takes down the Penguin, he does not do it by punching him in the face: he is a bit more civil, and he even offers him an olive branch. So, while the Joker scoffs at the idea of Batman having a sense of humor, the Penguin actually finds the idea hilarious. He laughs, while the world watches in horror, as the two men embrace one another like old friends after tussling for a good thirty seconds. The fact that the Penguin and Batman could share a mutual respect, even after all these years, is a testament to the enduring popularity of this character.