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Robert Pattinson's Version of Batman Is Going to Be Dark, Gritty, and Downright 'Weird'

It's going to get dark(er).

For as long as we can remember, Batman has been portrayed as the playboy billionaire, the just superhero, and the dark knight watching over Gotham. Larger than life, Batman has always been the unfailingly confident hero who gets the job done. His lack of powers only bolsters his fans and following, a symbol that anyone can be a hero. Over the years, Batman has become near Godlike, and while he’s no Kal-El, the dark knight’s sheer willpower and intelligence have fed his image of indestructibility. 

Robert Pattinson is here to tear that down. 

In just a few short weeks, Matt Reeves’ The Batman will debut in theaters in HBO Go, and based on all the early feedback and interviews, we already know it’s going to be a Batman story unlike any other. Stepping into the shoes of Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, Robert Pattinson’s take on Gotham’s hero is going to shake everyone’s preconceived notions about Batman. 

In line with the tone of other upcoming superhero movies, Matt Reeves’ The Batman will take the hero’s story down a dark road to the time before Batman was truly Batman. From the trailers alone, we already know this version of Batman is going to be lonely, impulsive, and dare we say, insecure. It’s Batman like we’ve never seen him before. A little more emo and a lot more creepy. 

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“He doesn’t have a playboy persona at all, so he’s kind of a weirdo as Bruce and a weirdo as Batman, and I kept thinking there’s a more nihilistic slant to it. ’Cause, normally, in all the other movies, Bruce goes away, trains, and returns to Gotham believing in himself, thinking, I’m gonna change things here,” shared Pattinson to GQ. 

“In this [movie], it’s sort of implied that he’s had a bit of a breakdown. But this thing he’s doing, it’s not even working. Like, it’s two years into it, and the crime has gotten worse since Bruce started being Batman. The people of Gotham think that he’s just another symptom of how shit everything is.” 

Who were our heroes before they became heroes? Who were they when they were still vigilantes? And what happens when our heroes fail? The Batman is the case study we’ve been waiting for on incompetent heroes and their blood-stained journey to become worthy of worship. Batman has always been DC’s darker characters, but if Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson can make him go even darker, then this is one film you can’t miss out on. 

The Batman premieres in the U.S. on March 1 and will drop on HBO in the Philippines 45 days later. 

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