Robert Pattinson On Why The Character’s “Not A Superhero”
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.