Tenet highlights why Robert Pattinson is the right choice for Batman

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 17: Robert Pattinson attends the Dior show, during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2020-2021, on January 17, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 17: Robert Pattinson attends the Dior show, during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2020-2021, on January 17, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) /

Robert Pattinson is the right pick for Batman and his performance in Tenet showcases that. 

Whenever there’s a new Batman film in development, fans will be keeping a close eye on the casting. We have seen this with every actor that has been cast since Michael Keaton – who was wrongly judged for his previous work before he went on to deliver a game-changing performance in the 1989 film. This cycle has been replayed on many occasions and the latest two stars to play Batman may have been judged the harshest.

Ben Affleck doesn’t get the respect he deserves as an actor. When he was cast as the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there were some who just weren’t happy. When he donned the cape and cowl that movie, however, those doubts quickly disappeared. Sure, both it and Justice League were divisive movies but he was widely-regarded as an amazing Batman.

Now we have Robert Pattinson about to take on the role of The Dark Knight in The Batman. An actor that many weren’t willing to give a chance because they can’t look past his role in Twilight to give him a shot, Pattinson has enjoyed an incredibly successful career both during and after that franchise and he has received praise for many of his roles, particularly in The Lighthouse and Good Time – both of which he was incredible in.

Both movies emphasize that he deserves much more respect than he is given as they manifest his maturity as a performer. Another film that shows his range is Tenet – and this, more than the others, proves he’s the right person cast for The Batman.

This writer has declared that Robert Pattinson should be given a chance before and he is once again stating it now. How many times have we seen an actor who many assume does not fit the role only for them to then knock it out of the park? Dozens at the very least. It’s easy to have doubts but, we, as fans, should be able to get past our own bias. And this is coming from a very stubborn person. Tenet left this writer with no doubt that Robert Pattinson is going to shock everyone who doubted him.

How did Tenet prove Robert Pattinson is right for The Batman?

The first time we see Robert Pattinson in Tenet, he looks and moves exactly like Bruce Wayne would in public. He’s dressed really nice, smiling, talking really smooth, and gave an appearance that put everyone watching him at ease. If you’ve ever seen Bruce Wayne in a comic with civilians or in Batman: The Animated Series, you know how often he plays the opposite of what he truly is.

The public in Tenet saw Neil as just another guy – someone you wouldn’t necessarily think was a threat. At first, we don’t know who he is or what he does. All we can confirm is that he was brought in to help the hero (aptly named Protagonist). Soon after, however, we see that he’s more than he originally let on.

In the first action scene, Neil displays all of his skills. He’s scaling a building, taking people out stealthily, and doing it all smoothly. He went from seemingly modest to a full-on threat in less than ten minutes. This is a switch we’ve seen Batman flip on multiple occasions. An underrated aspect of Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale did this well in the The Dark Knight Trilogy, effortlessly evolving from pompous, billionaire playboy to the heroic Caped Crusader in the blink of an eye. If Pattinson can do it in Tenet, he can definitely do it in The Batman.

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After watching Tenet, this writer is very excited to see what he will do in The Batman. All of the little things that you’d want from the Dark Knight were there. If there was any concern about him looking believable in a fight (not that there should have been), those can be put to rest instantly. We see Pattinson in action scenes and he looked believable. On that note, just how good does he look in the trailer for The Batman?

Batman is aggressive. He doesn’t kill, but he certainly puts a lot of people in hospitals with injuries that will take months to years to recover from – something that Pattinson convincingly portrayed in that trailer.

Robert Pattinson is going to make a good Batman and Bruce Wayne. It’s been eight years since the last Twilight movie and he’s been in over ten projects since then. If Chris Pratt can go from the goofball in Parks and Recs to Star-Lord and Chris Evans from Not Another Teen Movie to Captain America then why can’t Robert Pattinson be allowed to make a similar jump?

We’ll be looking at Pattinson in a different light after The Batman is released. When that happens, remember you heard it here first.

The Batman hits theaters on March 4, 2022.

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Have you seen Tenet? Did this movie prove to you that Robert Pattinson can be the Caped Crusader in The Batman? Is this opinion way off? Let us know in the comments below!