In The Batman, Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is reportedly around 30 years old. After much rumor and speculation, the actor was officially confirmed as the next cinematic Batman last week, beating out Nicholas Hoult for the role. Pattinson is taking over for Ben Affleck, who portrayed a world weary and aged Caped Crusader across three installments in the DCEU (including his cameo in Suicide Squad). But now Affleck is out, and The Batman is going to serve as a reboot of the character from director Matt Reeves.
Fans have known for a while Reeves was envisioning a younger Dark Knight, with word last summer indicating he wanted to cast an actor 15-20 years Affleck's junior. Pattinson is just outside that sweet spot (he's 14 years younger than Affleck), making him an ideal choice to take on the part. And now, fans know what Batman's age will be when his next solo movie comes out in 2021.
According to THR, Reeves wrote Batman to be "around 30 years old" in his script. This allowed the director to find a happy medium where he wouldn't have to retread the well-known origin story that's been depicted onscreen multiple times, while also avoiding repeating the older, grizzled angle from Zack Snyder's DCEU entries. Pattinson is 33 years old, so it won't be much of a stretch at all for him to play Reeves' Batman.
It appears the idea with The Batman is to have Bruce Wayne firmly established as Gotham's Caped Crusader when the film picks up, but still ironing out some of the kinks that come with the job (think Spider-Man's introduction into the MCU). In that respect, making the character 30 reads as a logical choice. Not only will it allow fans to see Batman take on criminals in his prime, Pattinson will still have an opportunity to grow with the role over the course of a trilogy. It goes without saying Warner Bros. is hoping The Batman is the first of a multi-part series, which is a key reason why they wanted a younger actor in the part. Affleck's Batman was a fan-favorite, but he was in his mid-40s when he made his first appearance. That worked for the story Snyder was trying to tell, but wouldn't be the best fit for a solo trilogy released over the better part of a decade.
Recently, WB seems to have found stable footing in regards to adapting their rich library of DC characters. The likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam were all well-received box office hits and gave the studio a trio of superheroes they could build around. The hope is The Batman will be able to continue that positive momentum, and all the pieces look to be in place right now. Reeves is best known for his thought-provoking and emotionally complex Planet of the Apes films, which helped elevate the enduring sci-fi staple to new critical heights. And Pattinson has long proven he's much more than Edward in Twilight, putting together a string of strong performances in indie films like Good Time. Pattinson and Reeves sound like a potent combination, and it'll be exciting to see what they do with The Batman.
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