Robert Pattinson, star of the upcoming DC Comics film The Batman clarifies his thoughts on why he doesn’t consider the character a superhero.
In a recent interview with Today, Robert Pattinson was asked about his highly-anticipated role as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. During the interview, Robert Pattinson corrected the interviewer on describing the character as a “superhero.” The actor disagrees with calling the character a superhero:
“Batman’s not a superhero. It doesn’t count. You need to have like magical powers to be a superhero.”
In this same interview, Robert Pattinson acknowledged that there is one element in The Batman’s character that may serve as a rebuttal against his views on the “superhero” title:
“The cape. I will give you that one.”
Although one can debate semantics with Robert Pattinson in this regard, it’s an understandable perspective to have. After all, the term “superhero” is often associated with those with superpowers with heroic tendencies. Thus, the title “superhero” applying to the likes of Superman (duh), Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.
But Batman doesn’t possess otherworldly powers. Instead, he’s known for his physical strength, superior intellect, numerous gadgets and wealth. Previous iterations of the character have explored numerous elements as portrayed in the comics but perhaps Robert Pattinson’s The Batman will explore his title as the World’s Greatest Detective with his remarkable brain rather than focus primarily on his brawn.
Setting aside such semantics regarding what the title of “superhero” means, the fact that an accomplished actor like Robert Pattinson is eager to sink his teeth into this iconic role given how The Batman stands out compared to other heroes is encouraging.
Full plot details for The Batman are currently under wraps, though the film will center around a younger Bruce Wayne and features a Rogues’ Gallery of villains that includes Catwoman, The Penguin, and The Riddler. The Matt Reeves film will follow Batman during his formative years as Gotham City’s protector and will make use of the Dark Knight’s detective skills to a greater extent than previous DC films. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new trilogy with Robert Pattinson as Batman.
Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, Jayme Lawson as Bella, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. Recently, Colin Farrell was reportedly in talks to play the Penguin.
The Batman will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.