Despite his long resume, actor Robert Pattinson is best known as the heartthrob from the Twilight franchise, so Friday’s news that he’s been approved by the studio to suit up as the iconic superhero in the upcoming film The Batman was met with some suspicion. The upside, of course, is that supporters of Team Edward, the vampire Pattinson plays in the five Twilight movies, are already celebrating the idea of him slipping into the cape of Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego.
Pattinson reportedly edged out X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult, who memorably starred alongside Hugh Grant in 2002’s About a Boy early in his career, for his new gig.
Audiences understandably feel protective of the DC Comics character, who first appeared in comic books in 1939, and has since appeared in a long list of movies and TV shows. The character was perhaps most famously portrayed by Adam West of TV’s Batman in the ‘60s. More recently, actors including Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck have played the role on the big screen.
Batman fans had a lot of thoughts and, of course, memes about the decision. They even suggested a new nickname for R. Pattz.
Battinson? Pattman? I'm lowkey still bitter about Batfleck, and I'm really tired of young Batman, but hey, I'll live.— Keya Sengupta (@onetoughernerd) May 31, 2019
Congrats to Robert Pattison for being the first Batman casting the internet doesn’t immediately hate.— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) May 31, 2019
me going to the theaters to see the new Batman movie pic.twitter.com/BA1CcMI9Nj— سارة جهاد (@spoiledsoymilk_) May 31, 2019
i wonder how his "batman voice" would go 🤔— Jers (@CallmeJers) May 31, 2019
Terrible. We're regressing back to the pre-Nolan batman trash era.— Patrick (@Litho_1sphere) May 31, 2019
we really getting robert pattinson as batman the dceu will be reborn pic.twitter.com/wWCmoqLkdJ— milah ⎊ (@cerclannister) May 31, 2019
Not gonna lie, when I first heard rumors of Robert Pattinson being #TheBatman I wasn’t thrilled. I still remember when people HATED the idea of Ben Affleck being Batman and I was in that boat too, but he ended up becoming my favorite Batman. Robert COULD become an amazing Batman— Andre (@DreTheQueen) May 31, 2019
I think that Robert Pattinson will do Batman justice. #RobertPattinson— Naut (@Naut666) May 31, 2019
Yes, is a incredible actor to play the role of Batman. Is the perfect decision. pic.twitter.com/lMw3IVy6Ec— Pablo ︽✵︽ (@Paul271996) May 31, 2019
Pattinson is a remarkable actor and an outstanding choice for the new Batman.— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) May 31, 2019
robert pattinson would be a pretty great batman, if y’all saw him in anything other than twilight and weren’t obsessed with hating it you’d see it lmao— skinny penis dignus (@ohnoohno_ohnon1) May 31, 2019
Pattinson’s take on Batman rolls — make that flies — into theaters on June 25, 2021.
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