The Batman star Robert Pattinson has opened up about his thoughts on The Dark Knight’s no-kill rule.
Being Batman is pretty simple. Dress up like a bat, have a billion dollars, and don’t kill your villains – no matter what. Batman’s most popular rule has been the subject of much debate over the decades, especially when it comes to villains like the Joker who seem to be pushing Gotham City’s buttons at every turn. In fact, DC’s very own Peacemaker series called out Batman for not killing his enemies. While some think Batman has no right to be judge, jury, and executioner, others believe the Caped Crusader should put an end to things as soon as possible.
With a new interpretation of Batman coming out, fans are curious to see how Robert Pattinson’s moody take on The Dark Knight deals with the rule. Speaking with Premiere, the star touched upon his character’s infamous rule. As expected, Pattinson offered a nuanced take on the self-imposed governance, offering two different perspectives on the rule.
“There is this rule with Batman: he must not kill. It can be interpreted in two ways. Either he only wants to inflict the appropriate punishment, or he wants to kill and his self-control prevents him from doing so.”
Robert Pattinson continued by discussing how the rule was kept in mind when he approached the film’s highly-anticipated action sequences. As the chat continued, Pattinson mentioned how the inherent rage the character has holds a certain level of pleasure, but that it’s important for him not to veer off of it.
“I imagined it that way from the rehearsal of the first fight, I thought it was funnier: something in him just wanted to slit the guy’s throat! I told myself that if he spends his nights chasing criminals, it is impossible that he does not take pleasure in it. He suffers and it is a desire that overwhelms him. And by dint of knocking, his mind clears, he calms down, he reaches a state close to plenitude. I’m sure in this first fight, he manages to convince himself that every guy in front of him is the one who killed his mother (Laughs.) And so that allows him to vent all his rage.”
Here is the synopsis for The Batman:
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
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