The internet is currently being consumed over speculation that “Twilight” actor Robert Pattinson will be succeeding Ben Affleck as the next Batman in the DC cinematic universe.
I understand the concern, but we’ve been down this road many times.
Social media didn’t believe that “Batfleck” could work after Christian Bale did such a terrific job as the caped crusader in the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
Ben Affleck did a fine job. Not the best Batman, but a good Batman.
I believe Pattinson could also be a good Batman.
The truth is that we won’t know until we see the material the Pattinson has to work with. What does the costume look like? How good is the script? What is the director’s vision?
There are too many uncertainties to pass judgement now.
Castings are seldomly received well. Remember Gal Gadot when she was announced as Wonder Woman? The internet said she couldn’t stack up to the amazon-like image presented to us all of these years.
She ended up being the highlight of the first two assemble films, and we can’t wait til she returns.
What about Heath Ledger? A pretty-boy teen heartbreaker just like Pattinson.
He is the best Joker ever. There is the Academy award and a legacy to hold up that truth in a life that ended too soon.
I would be lying if I said Pattinson didn’t make me a little nervous. Warner Brothers has given us a very unstable environment to work with.
We have Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam. All box office winners.
We also have Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, which underwhelmed. There is also Birds of Prey, the Harley Quinn spin-off which is raising a lot of questions.
So, the truth is we won’t know what kind of Batman Robert Pattinson will be until we pay our money and see him as Batman on the big screen for the first time.
Perhaps tacking him on to Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”, which looks excellent, could be a promising introduction.
And in case you were wondering? Michael Keaton is the best Batman.