We may have our new Batman, but which Robert Pattinson movies suggest he’s right for the role?
Until recently, Robert Pattinson movies were largely shrugged off by general audiences; arguably, they still are. The actor has come a long way from the role of Edward Cullen in the popular- but nevertheless, ridiculed – Twilight franchise. Co-star Kristen Stewart has successfully broken away from her role in the saga, turning in great work across Personal Shopper, Café Society and more. Pattinson has been striving to do the same, and it looks like he’s on the cusp of disassociating himself with the stigma of the teen-heartthrob tag completely.
Variety recently reported that he has been cast to play the titular character in Matt Reeves‘ forthcoming Batman project; it’s soon set to begin pre-production. Conflictingly, Deadline has weighed in that Reeves is also considering Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien).
Is Robert Pattinson in the Closing Stages to be the Next BATMAN? @Variety reports the deal is the closing stage. @DEADLINE reports it is Pattinson vs Nicholas Hoult. @THR reports unclear if an offer has been made but Pattinson is the top contender. https://t.co/JKk8KpvLuQ pic.twitter.com/n4sUMFlFPS— Robert Pattinson WorldWide (@robpattinsonww) May 17, 2019
It does look like Pattinson has the role, but this has fuelled doubts, much to the joy of the star’s detractors. Many have taken to social media to express their disappointment with the news, but he’d actually be a great choice. So, let’s consider some Robert Pattinson movies which prove he could pull it off.
The Childhood of a Leader (dir. Brady Corbet, 2015)
Brady Corbet (Funny Games, Simon Killer) is best known as an actor, but recently he embarked on a directorial journey, beginning with his feature-debut The Childhood of a Leader.
This atmospheric gem chronicles the upbringing of a post World War I leader and stars Pattinson in two roles, of which are best left mysterious until viewing the film. There’s something unsettling about his work here, as we continue to question his true relationship with the young boy. All is eventually revealed, but the actor really helps to draw you in, and despite only appearing briefly, the nuance he displays will translate well to a conflicted Bruce Wayne.
Cosmopolis (dir. David Cronenberg, 2012)
We’ve seen James Woods, Jeff Goldblum and so many more bring their A-game courtesy of body-horror maestro David Cronenberg. Subverting expectations, Pattinson landed the central role in Cosmopolis, just before the final Twilight film was due to release and open up numerous avenues to explore.
Immediately, it was obvious that the actor wanted to tackle more challenging material than he’d had the chance to before. Here, he’s well-suited to playing a young-boy-billionaire, navigating the streets in a luxurious stretch-limo while life outside begins to seep in through the emergence of numerous characters. This was a brave move – for Cronenberg and Pattinson – which didn’t quite manage to strike a chord with audiences. However, the film continues to attract cult audiences who admire the work of both parties, and the privileged arrogance echoes the public persona of Bruce Wayne; so, where’s our Batman?
Good Time (dir. Josh and Benny Safdie, 2017)
We’ve considered roles which suggest he’ll make a terrific Bruce Wayne, but that’s only one-half of the coin. His work here, however, suggests that Pattinson could portray a hell-bent hyena of a Batman. Good Time boasts his greatest performance; he plays the conniving Connie Nikas who must rescue his brother from authorities after a failed heist.
Over the years we’ve seen him break into satisfying supporting roles, but here he’s centre-stage and absolutely nailing every second. It’s arguably one of the greatest performances of the decade, displaying an intensity which only actors with something to prove can muster. His range shifts from emotional, confident to downright despicable. If Pattinson is cast as Batman, the inner conflict he’ll convey will be staggering.
Maps to the Stars (dir. David Cronenberg, 2014)
Cronenberg decided to cast him again two years later in his Hollywood disasterpiece, Maps to the Stars. The film presents fame and celebrity floating in an ocean of toxicity, deception and horror, and as you’d expect, with no compromise in sight. It has been compared to David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, and although certain moments evoke similar themes, this is undoubtedly Cronenberg’s distinct take.
Pattinson shifts his place from the back of the limo in Cosmopolis to the driver’s seat here, convincing us in both positions. Initially, Jerome is one of the more sympathetic characters to latch onto here — a vessel to juxtapose the chaotic nature of the central family. However, Cronenberg never wishes to cease reflection, asking us to question whether anyone can be good in the world he conjures.
These are four fantastic films in their own right, and each acts in favour of Pattinson’s potential Batman casting. He’s working incredibly hard to branch out and choose intriguing and unconventional projects, but Bruce Wayne could be the role which finally wins over his many detractors. With Reeves at the helm, this reboot may be something special.
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