The next DC Extended Universe film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), will be the first to cast Pattinson as the legendary superhero.
The Batman will be released on March 4, 2022, following pandemic-related delays that caused principal photography to take a year.
In the DCEU, the coveted position of Bruce Wayne had been completely held by Ben Affleck, who was intended to not only act in but also write and direct The Batman.
Reeves revealed a wish to explore a younger version of the character when he took over, and Affleck left the project in early 2019.
Pattinson’s casting came as a surprise, as he had mainly eschewed blockbuster jobs following his Twilight experience, instead of establishing himself as a highly praised, versatile performer in the indie scene.
Wright, who plays Gotham PD’s James Gordon in The Batman, offers the English actor’s rendition of the Dark Knight his seal of approval in an interview with ET.
He believes Pattinson’s personal performing style will complement Reeves’ directorial vision, resulting in a high-quality final product. Wright also claims that their time on screen together was a blast:
Robert is gonna do his thing, and we were working within a Matt Reeves vision, so you know, Robert is doing what Robert does and it’s gonna be pretty badass I think. […] I loved working with him, I love his take and his energy and the way that he kind of brought different levels to different parts of the story. And we work off of one another.
Pattinson is said to be in his second year as Batman, and based on the promotional material thus far, Reeves’ film appears to be bringing the character to some extremely dark areas.
Though several of Gotham’s big-bands are on the cast list, including Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Carmine Falcone, Paul Dano’s serial-killer take on Riddler appears to be the film’s principal villain (John Turturro).
While Reeves’ longtime Planet of the Apes partner Andy Serkis plays Bruce’s devoted butler, Alfred Pennyworth, Wright becomes the first actor of color to play Batman’s ally in the police department.
Fans are divided, as they always are when a new Batman is cast, and it’s not only because many people still equate Pattinson with glittering vampires.
The release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League renewed praise for Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the character, and the fact that the consequences of Warner Bros.’ decision to abandon Snyder’s vision for the DCEU are so apparent in this film may generate an inherent prejudice against it.
However, Reeves’ track record and the incredible talent he’s gathered in front of the camera, particularly Pattinson, indicate that The Batman has a real possibility of overcoming these doubts.