The only way a fictional character can truly stand the test of time and remain relevant for generation after generation, they need to be retold and remade as much as possible by various different storytellers. Otherwise, said character will become the relic of the past. Having said that, it’s become increasingly clear that, despite how hard his enemies try, nobody can kill the Batman.
What do Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Will Arnett, even Jimmy Kimmel all have in common? They’ve all played Batman at one point in the span of a single decade. And now, next year, Robert Pattinson will be taking up the Caped Crusader’s cowl. On the one hand, I’m sick of Batman. The Dark Knight is my third favorite superhero of all time, yet I’m sick and tired of seeing his big stupid face on the big screen. These filmmakers retell the same three stories and the success-fail rate has been very negative recently. Having said that… I’m really excited to see this new movie.
Robert Pattinson as the Batman is nothing short of perfect casting. Anything would’ve been better than the has-been alcoholic prancing around in slow motion for Zack Snyder (the Newswire wishes Ben Affleck a speedy recovery). Now, we’ve got a firecracker of a talented actor as Batman, and I can’t wait. And if you think he’s a bad actor because you saw him in Twilight, you need to check out his power-house performances in films like Good Time and The Lighthouse. Aside from just Pattinson, the rest of the cast is equally as talented. Zoe Kravits as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffery Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Andy Serkis as Alfred. Regardless of how it’s written, there’s no question this will be one well-acted film.
It’s not just the acting that’s a cause for excitement. Speaking to CNET, director Matt Reeves gave a taste of what’s to come from his Batman, describing it as more of a noir and described it as a “detective-driven story.” He elaborated further, stating he would be drawing not from previous Batman films, but the works of Alfred Hitchcock. To be quite honest, he had me at Hitchcock.
So, are there too many Batmen interpretations these days? Yes. Have they been bad in recent years? Absolutely. But I have hope that with this new trilogy, the caped crusader will experience a renaissance of which no other superhero has ever experienced. Whether the film is good or bad, there’s no doubt I’ll be in the front row on opening night!