Robert Pattinson caused quite a stir when he was cast as the new Batman in a big-budget film. The decision to cast the 27-year-old actor was met with general praise, with some critics comparing him to an older, more experienced incarnation of the Dark Knight. But there were a few dissenting voices. While some thought that Pattinson was the perfect choice for the part, saying that he was both handsome and had a great voice, others thought that he was not quite the right fit. What is the truth about this matter? Let’s examine the evidence.
The Perfect Fit
There are several elements that work in tandem to make Pattinson the perfect fit as Batman. First of all, let’s examine his physical resemblance to the legendary vigilante. At 6 ft 1 inch, Robert Pattinson has the appearance of a younger Bruce Wayne, clad in black and gray, with a slim, athletic build and piercing blue eyes. If Warner Bros. were to hire another actor to play Batman, they would face an uphill battle to find someone who looks exactly like Pattinson. And not just his looks, but also his knack for articulating the English language, which is one of the hallmarks of the Batman persona.
Secondly, let’s consider the fact that Rob is a genuine Hollywood A-lister. In addition to his role as Batman, he has featured in major motion pictures like The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Where Do We Go Now? and Water for Elephants. And let’s not forget that he was previously married to Katy Perry, who is a superstar in her own right. So it goes without saying that Robert Pattinson is experienced, accomplished and, above all, famous. All of these elements made him the perfect choice to play Batman.
The True Fanservice Star
But perhaps the greatest indicator that Warner Bros. made the right choice in hiring Rob as Batman is the fact that he has a massive, dedicated fan base. While promoting his new film The Batman, Pattinson made several tour stops across the country, and audiences turned out in droves, passionately supporting the actor and showing up weeks before the film’s premiere. During one such stop, in Columbus, Ohio, he fans chanted his nom de plume, Robert Pattinson, as he delivered his speech. The same can be said of a stop in Toronto. On Twitter, the hashtag #RobPattinson was one of the most popular search topics globally, with millions of users engaging with the actor’s tweets on a daily basis.
The Film’s Strong Female Lead
Another indicator of the film’s quality is its strong female lead, played by Zoe Kravitz. In addition to being a talented musician herself, Zoe is known for fronting the band BTS (formerly known as Big Time Sale) and for her work with director Justin Timberlake on his self-titled album. Now she extends her range, stepping into the iconic role of Catwoman and embodying its sexy, free-spirited nature, contrasting it with Batman’s steely resolve. While some may see Zoe as a strong female role model, she sees it the other way around. “I think it’s great that there are so many strong female characters out there, but I also think it’s great that there’s a character like Batman,” Zoe said during an interview with Vogue. “I think that it’s important to remember that he’s a fictional character and there’s a lot of fantastical things that he can do, but at the end of the day, he’s still a man and he’s still got a heart.”
A Sophisticated Sense Of Humour
While some may see Batman as a paragon of darkness, the character’s adventures are often laced with humor. Whether it’s a quip or a witty comeback, Batman generally has an upper hand in most of his interactions. And it’s a trait that Pattinson brings with him. While promoting his new The Batman, he discussed his approach to playing the iconic character. “I think it’s important to remember that there’s more than one way of being Batman. He’s a complex character, with many layers, and you don’t have to be a stereotype,” he told Variety. “I think it’s important to remember that he’s a fictional character, and at the end of the day, he’s still a man, and he’s still got a heart.”
Whether he’s cracking jokes or locking eyes with the camera, the Oscar-winning Himself star gives off a sophisticated sense of humor, which is something that Warner Bros. could’ve never predicted when casting him in the role of Batman.
As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and Rob’s particular way of bringing Batman to life makes for a compelling case that he is, in fact, the perfect choice to play the Dark Knight.