Christian Bale thinks Robert Pattinson will be an interesting Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves' The Batman. Bale of course portrayed the character during The Dark Knight trilogy, and his rendition is considered the best live-action version by many. Warner Bros. officially cast Pattinson in the role of Batman earlier this year, and the film is expected to begin production near the end of 2019.
Pattinson beat out Nicholas Hoult for the role, and is replacing Ben Affleck, who portrayed the character in three DCEU films. The Batman is being written and directed by Matt Reeves, and will serve as yet another reinvention of the iconic hero. The original plan called for Affleck to reprise his role, but Reeves decided to recast Batman once he took over as director. The film has been in development for a while, and Reeves recently completed the script. Pattinson's involvement in the film was met with backlash from some, but producers have urged fans to not pre-judge Pattinson's casting. For his part, Bale seems onboard with that view.
During a sit down with Variety, Bale shared his thoughts on Pattinson's casting, calling him a good, interesting choice. Now, many will consider this a stamp of approval, but Bale may just be interested in seeing whether or not Pattinson can be an effective Caped Crusader. It doesn't necessarily mean he's confident that Pattinson will do the role justice. Pattinson is commonly recognized for his role in the Twilight series, which contributed to the backlash he received. To be fair though, he's earned acclaim for subsequent roles. Check out Bale's thoughts below.
Christian Bale thinks Robert Pattinson is a "good choice" for #Batman. His advice? "Be able to pee by yourself" | #FORDvFERRARI - Variety Studio at #TIFF19 presented by @ATT pic.twitter.com/eiTlieVH5R— Variety (@Variety) September 8, 2019
Anyone who isn't familiar with Pattinson outside of Twilight will get a chance to see his talent demonstrated in the upcoming film The Lighthouse, which had its second trailer released earlier today by A24. Pattinson has said that he's wanted to play Batman for a while, and he's even already tried on the suit. Whether or not he can embody the Caped Crusader in a manner like Bale or those before him is a matter tha has some fans divided. Many don't think he can do the character justice, but this would be far from the first superhero casting to receive backlash then turn out to be a superb choice. The Batman is expected to arrive a little less than two years from now, but with production starting in a relatively short time, more information is sure to come out sooner rather than later. And, with Pattinson's casting sparking a lot of discussions, this should only aid the film upon its release, as many will rush out to see how he does.
The character of Batman is one that needs to be done carefully, and many actors before Pattinson and Bale have tried their luck as the hero, to varying degrees of success. Pattinson is a talented actor with an impressive filmography to back it up, but whether or not his portrayal of Batman will be satisfying or not remains to be seen. Bale was right about it being an interesting choice though, because Pattinson now has everyone's attention on seeing what he brings to the table in The Batman.