Robert Pattinson doesn’t think Superman could exist in Matt Reeves’ The Batman universe.
One of the most exciting components of The Batman is how it grounds the titular character, making him as realistic as possible. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced a Bruce Wayne who co-existed with supernatural and fantastical elements, Robert Pattinson’s take on the character emphasizes the character’s real-world limitations.
Director Matt Reeves has previously touched upon the concept of creating a “Batverse”, which would consist of stories that solely focus on Batman and his closest characters. It seems nearly impossible to incorporate the flying Superman or the fish-talking Aquaman into the fold, and it looks like Robert Pattinson agrees with that.
In a recent interview with ComicBook, Robert Pattinson touched upon how he can’t imagine Superman existing in Matt Reeves’ Batverse because of how super-powered and fantastical he is.
“We’ve been talking about how to get the fantastical elements because Matt’s world, his take on it is so grounded, and I’m thinking like, ‘How can you add…?’ Like, we were talking the other day, like, ‘Can you add Superman into it but he just doesn’t have any powers? He’s just a guy in a cape?’ He’s just like, ‘I’m Superman!’ And they’re like, ‘So?'”
It might be in DC’s best interests to keep Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves’ Batverse divorced from all things Justice League so as not to confuse fans. Beyond that, it’ll be interesting to see a mature and grounded take on the character exist alongside the other family-friendly, fantastical fare from DC and Marvel.
Here is the synopsis for Matt Reeves’ 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.
The Batman will hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Matt Reeves’ upcoming film, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.