Former Batman Christian Bale advises The Batman star Robert Pattinson to “ignore the naysayers.” After the departure of Ben Affleck, Pattinson was a surprise choice to tackle the role of The Caped Crusader in writer-director Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman film. Reportedly, the race to succeed Affleck came down to Pattinson and Mad Max: Fury Road actor Nicholas Hoult before Pattinson ultimately took the coveted role.
Of course, the role of Batman is not some ordinary acting job, but comes with enormous loads of baggage and fan expectation. Michael Keaton was the first to discover this when he took on the role in 1989’s Batman, and received criticism from some fans. Later, Val Kilmer and George Clooney found out what it’s like to step into Batman’s boots, with Clooney especially receiving bad reviews from fans (and frankly from everyone else) after the debacle of Batman and Robin. After Bale starred in three Dark Knight films, making the Batman role his own like no one before, Affleck tackled the unenviable task of carrying on the character beyond Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy and into the Zack Snyder era of the DCEU, but ultimately won over many critics and fans with his performance.
With Pattinson now facing the predictable round of criticism in the wake of being chosen as the newest Batman, former Caped Crusader Bale had some advice for his latest successor. Speaking to Extra TV on the red carpet before the premiere of his newest film Ford v. Ferrari at the recent Toronto Film Festival, Bale told Pattinson to just ignore all the haters and do his own thing. Bale said:
Good for him. Just make it his own. Don't listen to the naysayers. Think about it, everybody protested when Heath was cast as the Joker. Look what an absolutely brilliant performance he gave. Don't listen to those guys. Do his own thing. He's a fascinating actor. He's a great choice.
As Bale points out, perhaps no casting move in the history of Batman films – or indeed comic book films period – was met with more fan backlash than the decision to hand the role of The Joker to Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Of course, Ledger blew everyone away with his performance in the film and went on to win a posthumous Oscar for his work.
Bale’s advice to Pattinson to ignore the outside criticism and just focus on doing “his own thing” seems like very wise counsel indeed. Of course, much of the backlash against Pattinson has nothing to do with his actual acting, but simply comes because so many people still associate him with the Twilight movies. But folks who are familiar with the whole range of Pattinson’s work realize that he’s way more than the actor who played Edward Cullen, and indeed, there is plenty of reason to be excited about what Pattinson will bring to the table as Bruce Wayne in Reeves’ The Batman.
Source: Extra TV
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