As expected, everyone and their grandmother has an opinion on why the former Twilight star will or won’t make a good Dark Knight, but if you ask us, we’re actually a fan of this. For one, Pattinson is a genuinely talented actor, and if you don’t believe us, just go watch his performance in David Cronenberg’s excellent Cosmopolis. Not only that, but he’s definitely got the right look for a young Bruce Wayne/Batman and perhaps most exciting of all, he’s such a left-field, unexpected choice that he’ll surely bring something fresh and different to the part.
That’s not to say that every actor before him has done the same thing, but it’s not hard to see Pattinson offering up one of the most unique takes on Batman yet. And from the reactions over on Twitter, it seems that the majority of people are pretty excited to see what he can do with the role. Not everyone, but most, and for a sampling of what they’re saying, you can see below.
I’m not mad.
— Just JamieTee?? (@JustJamietee) May 17, 2019
— Gage Roberts (@gageywavy) May 17, 2019
My reaction when Robert Pattinson became the new Batman.. pic.twitter.com/elpJXdY1sA
— Bon Bon (@LilBDiggitty) May 17, 2019
Y’all that are mad about Robert Pattinson being casted as Batman clearly haven’t seen his work post Twilight…. pic.twitter.com/rA6m5KI3k0
— John (@johne1998) May 17, 2019
Everyone including me: "No one thought Heath Ledger would be a good Joker and he was the best Joker we've ever seen. Maybe Robert Pattinson can actually pull off the role of Batman. We should give him a chance."
— Professor Snapegoat (@TroyJustin) May 17, 2019
I have just received leaked test footage of Robert Pattinson in costume as Batman pic.twitter.com/AChWHWyXGD
— ⎊ Harley: The Kid From Iron Man 3 ⎊ (@Lunwi88) May 17, 2019
Robert Pattinson is high key a good choice for Batman. He's a great dramatic actor, and if you've been paying attention to his indie shit lately, he's been off the charts.
— Bruno Marx (@liveonthatswing) May 17, 2019
— Mitchell Underwood (@MitchBUnderwood) May 17, 2019
I look forward to Robert Pattinson playing Bruce Wayne but I don’t think anything will top Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker. pic.twitter.com/i7xm4apMVD
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) May 17, 2019
Michael Keaton, Heath Ledger, Grant Gustin..
If we've learned ANYTHING from unique superhero castings, it's that immediate reactions are often wrong.
Robert Pattinson is a bold choice for Bruce Wayne & I can't wait to see him in action.
(This is coming from a lifelong Batman fan) pic.twitter.com/fL6pjc1obX
— Michael Patterson (@michaelp93) May 17, 2019
Robert Pattinson as the new Batman. I'm into it. pic.twitter.com/AxfhEZHMeL
— Kris Pradipta (@pradpradprad) May 17, 2019
Robert Pattinson is going to be the next Batman.
— Warden of the North (@LordChozen) May 17, 2019
LET'S GOOOO. Robert Pattinson is one of the best working actors today. Anyone who replies negatively to this news is still stuck on the 10 year old Twilight series and hasn't watched any of his work since. #TheBatman ? https://t.co/e4UjgGaZOH
— Josue Hernandez (@videojosue) May 17, 2019
Cedric Diggory fulfilling his destiny https://t.co/wdElBLvpAl
— lol Giants. (@Capace17) May 17, 2019
ROBERT PATTINSON AS BATMAN ARMY RISE!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/BsaR56PLmp
— daniel (@slayonetta) May 17, 2019
Dammit Matt Reeves, you were supposed to make a Batman movie, not a Man-Bat movie.
(vampire joke I'll see myself out) https://t.co/A7r8JqQ6c5
— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) May 17, 2019
the joker: walks into a room
robert pattinson as batman: pic.twitter.com/ITf9sUwCmx
— loki's gay rights over joe russo's gay rights (@pussyinduIgence) May 17, 2019
So, that petition to fire Robert Pattinson from the Batman role should be posted in a few minutes.
— Michael Ruiz (@TheMichaelRuiz) May 17, 2019
there’s gonna be a million Twilight jokes over the next 48 hours, but let’s be honest
Batman: New Moon
Batman: Breaking Dawn
all totally believable subtitles no one would bat an eye at (there’s your goddamn joke)
— (((World’s Most Muted Man))) (@AnAndyPaul) May 17, 2019
I’m excited for Robert Pattinson to play Batman but even more excited that the baby from Twilight is playing Robin pic.twitter.com/uUC3RXzWiG
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) May 17, 2019
Of course, there are thousands more where those came from, but as we mentioned above, the general consensus surrounding Pattinson’s casting seems to be excitement mixed with a little cautious optimism. And given how unexpected this is, that’s perfectly understandable.
But it seems Warner Bros. has indeed found their man and now, we’ll all wait patiently to see just what Pattinson, director Matt Reeves and the studio have cooked up for The Batman, which will enter production later this year and be with us on June 25th, 2021.