The Batman

by Lauren Schena

Batman may have already been portrayed by more actors than anyone can count, but this hasn’t stopped excitement from rising for the upcoming movie, The Batman.

Known such roles as Edward Cullen in Twilight and Ephraim in The Lighthouse, Robert Pattinson will play the starring role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The movie is set to premiere on March 4, 2022, so DC fans, be sure to mark your calendars!

Ever since the trailer was released, people have wondered what the movie will entail. In response to this curiosity, Warner Bros. released a new synopsis claiming that the movie is, “an edgy, action-packed thriller that depicts Batman in his early years.” Bruce Wayne will navigate his complicated double life while attempting to “balance rage with righteousness” to save Gotham.

Fans’ excitement levels have been at an all-time high since the announcement in May of 2019 that Robert Pattinson would be the starring actor of the film. With Batman being one of the most popular action figures in the cinematic universe, Pattinson has a lot of pressure on him to live up to his character’s high expectations. However, being an experienced and well-known actor, Pattinson has a large fan base to support him in this new role.

It has also been confirmed that this rendition of Batman will be the longest running version of its kind, set at a whopping two hours and fifty five minutes including the credits, nearly rivaling Avengers: Endgame, which ran for three hours and one minute.

According to Pattinson, the movie is sure to be memorable and different from what we’ve seen in the past. He said in an interview with the press, “I just knew [the movie] was something radically different from anything we’ve seen in Batman movies before” (collider.com). Fans, get prepared–because this movie is sure to be full of interesting twists and turns that we’ve never seen in a previous Batman film.

In addition to the pressures of portraying Batman well, Pattinson has also had to deal with backlash from the DC fanbase when he told the press that he wasn’t preparing for the role in the ways that people had hoped. In an interview for a cover story for the June/ July 2020 issue of GQ magazine, Pattinson told GQ that he wasn’t consistently working out to match Batman’s physique. According to Insider magazine, GQ senior staff writer Zach Baron made note that, “the trainer hired by Warner Bros to work with Pattinson gave him a Bosh ball and a weight but the star hasn’t utilized either item” (insider.com). In a later statement, Pattinson clarified that his lack of exercise was due to the COVID pandemic and the newly surfaced dangers of public gyms and training facilities. Pattinson also stated that his comment wasn’t meant to insinuate that he wasn’t working out at all, only that he would have likely been spending more time exercising if not for the limitations of the pandemic.

All things considered, fans are still excited that “The Batman” is up and running, and soon they’ll be able to see what has come of all of the hard work and time Warner Bros spent creating this film. Get ready to experience the thrill and excitement of saving Gotham…again!

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