What you need to know
- Robert Pattinson's Batman won't rehash his origin story.
- The Batman will focus on the heroes detective skills.
- Pattinson was considered for the role alongside Nicolas Hoult.
Robert Pattinson's rise as the Dark Knight has been as mysterious as it has been dramatic. Now, thanks to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, we have more clarity about what went on behind-the-scenes, as well as info about what his version of Batman will be like.
Fans will be happy to learn that The Batman, which is being directed by Matt Reeves, won't be an origin story. But here's the kicker: it won't feature Batman as a seasoned crimefighter protecting Gotham City, either. Apparently, The Batman will show a younger version of the character (30ish years old) on his way to becoming the world's greatest detective.
The approach will immediately distinguish the new Batman from all the other big screen portrayals
Out of the handful of Batman movies that have been released, none have really explored the hero's prowess as a genius detective—something he's known for in the comics and to a lesser extent in the most recent video games. Reeves' The Batman will focus on Batman's intellect as well as his ability to take down crime.
The approach will immediately distinguish Pattinson's Batman from the others who have donned the famous cowl. Pattinson nearly missed out on the role, though, because actor Nicholas Hoult was also in the running.
According to THR, both Hoult and Pattinson screen tested for the role, but Pattinson eventually won out. One big reason that favored the Twilight actor is he has yet to appear in a movie based on a comic. Hoult, meanwhile, has appeared as Hank McCoy/Beast in the X-Men movies.
Reeves was also drawn to Pattinson's work in the independent movies Good Time and High Life. With Pattinson in place, the actor is reportedly going to get fitted for his own Batsuit and then start training to become the world's greatest detective.
The Batman is currently rumored for a 2021 release.