Ever since Ben Affleck and his phoenix tattoo hung up the cowl, fans have been wondering who would fill the Batboots left behind for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Late last night, Deadline announced that Robert Pattinson would be taking on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming flick. Our Slack was initially dumbfounded before coming quickly around to acceptance. After all, Mike already predicted this twist in February while rumors were flying.
The consensus among the Overlords can be summed up in this tweet I made (please know I feel like a gross mcnasty for using one of my own tweets in a tweet roundup but HERE):
As a longtime fan of Batman comics and movies, let me say that I AM HERE FOR THIS. As @roxana_hadadi pointed out, Pattinson doesn't need a blockbuster role so 'The Batman' script must have something he finds worthwhile. That's compelling given his career choices post-Twilight. https://t.co/kXlqZO81ZU— Jodi Smith (@Jodi_L_Smith) May 17, 2019
The rest of the social media platform was divided on the casting and reactions swirled as though last night didn’t also bring news that Pattinson was still a shortlist candidate for Batman along with Nicholas Hoult (NO).
Robert Pattinson in the new Batman movie pic.twitter.com/oI33b6sxWf— dusty. (@thomassholIand) May 17, 2019
updating my "does Batman fuck?" chart:— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) May 17, 2019
Adam West - yes, but in an Austin Powers way
Michael Keaton - hell yes
Val Kilmer - yes
George Clooney - no
Christian Bale - no
Ben Affleck - lol no
Robert Pattinson - either too depressed to fuck, OR alarmingly horny. no middle ground.
Robert Pattinson as Batman??? What next, another actor playing a different role??? When will it end— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) May 17, 2019
HOT TAKE: Robert Pattinson will be the best Batman out of all of them. pic.twitter.com/2CZh5d21vx— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) May 17, 2019
Before you jump to conclusions about Robert Pattinson being the new Batman, know that his post-Twilight career is actually filled with amazing movies you should see: https://t.co/iD4BKMpFPH pic.twitter.com/wfcsAMJF9o— Polygon (@Polygon) May 17, 2019
Robert Pattinson hasn't been 'The Boy From Twilight' for a long time now.— Tom Eydmann (@DrTommyT25) May 17, 2019
The fact he's even interested in being part of a franchise again gives me hope for a new Batman movie pic.twitter.com/7R49kEvjVk
Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson coming in to save the DCEU and the Batman franchise from Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck pic.twitter.com/bYg7IJZlC1— A (@fierysadness) May 17, 2019
Listen, they finally cast based on lips again and I am here for it. I also think Pattinson has the ability to unnerve men twice his size with a glower and a nigh imperceptible flex before shifting into Wayne mode; transfixing models while appearing spoiled and ignorant of his company’s inner workings.
Honestly, as long as we don’t get YET ANOTHER ORIGIN MOVIE I will be fine, just fine. I want a Batman that’s been fighting the rogue’s gallery of Gotham for a few years but hasn’t got the fatigue of Batfleck’s character. I know we need the blood of Martha to ensure a good harvest next fall, but PLEASE NO.
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