With Robert Pattinson cast at Batman, who should play Robin in Matt Reeves’ latest vision?
With the role of Batman cast, Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero effort is dividing fans thick and fast, but could a Robin casting announcement sway detractors? It’s certainly a possibility.
The project has experienced numerous delays since its announcement, although it looks like it’s all steam ahead right now. Robert Pattinson was recently confirmed as the caped crusader, much to the disappointment of many. Sadly, there are so many audiences who still hold him in poor regard for his central Twilight saga role; he’s since turned in great work across Good Time, High Life, The Childhood of a Leader and more.
Screenrant reported a short a while ago that Robin – Batman’s sidekick – is rumoured to be in the movie. Now Batman speculation has ceased, Robin discussion can thrive. So, who should tackle the role?
Now, don’t dismiss this just yet. Sure, Riz Ahmed recently starred in another comic book property – Venom – but he’d absolutely smash the role of Robin.
The villainous role hardly seemed a stretch for the actor, and it’s another role we have in mind when considering him for this part. He was great in Four Lions and Nightcrawler, but it’s City of Tiny Lights that has us convinced. He plays the lead role in this gritty detective thriller; it’s arguably his most intense role and displays promise for a role like Robin.
On the surface, Timothée Chalamet is the least suited out of all five considerations. He hasn’t exactly proven to audiences that he’d have the physicality, but perhaps we wouldn’t need it.
There’s no doubt that Chalamet is an incredibly gifted performer and he’s a very in-demand star right now. The younger-older dynamic he and Pattinson could share would be interesting to explore, and when it comes to the character’s emotional centre, he’d have it more than covered. It’s certainly not the obvious choice, but one worth weighing.
The Baby Driver star thoroughly impressed audiences back in 2017 and has starred in the likes of The Fault in Our Stars, the Divergent franchise and beyond.
Ansel Elgort has blockbuster experience, but he’s surprisingly yet to break into the realm of superhero cinema. When considering his potential to do so, Robin just feels like the perfect role for him. He’s young, but there are maturity and depth there which he could reward the project with. Majority audiences want to see more of him, and a recurring role in Matt Reeves’ Batman universe would give them what they want.
If we’re talking about versatile actors, then Lucas Hedges simply has to get a mention. If you compare his work in, say, Manchester by the Sea and Mid90s, for example, his staggering range becomes clear.
No matter which way the project approached the character of Robin, Hedges would run with it and deliver something wonderful; he’s so consistent. He could do gritty, lost, enraged, broken… he could do Robin.
For a brief time, fans were uncertain whether Robert Pattinson or Nicholas Hoult would play Batman. Although Pattinson eventually locked down the gig, there’s surely still a place for Hoult here.
He’s impressed audiences across Kill Your Friends, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Favourite and more, but the role of Robin could really be the next big step in his career – the next evolution. Again, no matter how they approached it, Hoult could bring something interesting, and they’d perhaps have more options than they would with someone like Chalamet.
Nevertheless, all five of these would be welcome casting announcements. We’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled…
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