Okay, who was obsessed with heart-throb actor Robert Pattinson? Let me guess, it was the Twilight movie that started it all? I’ll admit, I was a true team Edward fan too. The Twilight Saga was an epidemic, it gained a huge fan following and the films earned a total of $3.3 billion worldwide, not bad right! But the fame and fortune wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, Pattinson soon got overwhelmed by the rapid attention from fans and decided to take a step back from the limelight, and ventured into smaller independent roles. The ironic thing about that is Pattinson was about to give up acting a day before he landed the role of Edward Cullen. Thank goodness he didn’t because if it wasn’t for those bloodsucking films, he may not be where he is today.
In 2021, Pattinson will be the new Batman in The Batman with Zoe Kravitz, Jeffery Wright, Paul Dano and Colin Farrel. I’ve never been so intrigued and excited with a casting choice, however, the argument is, will Pattinson be an adequate Batman? Considering his versatile roles, innumerable amounts of experience, and impeccable physical looks, he just might be the perfect fit. He’ll be coming up alongside Michael Keaton in Batman (1986), Batman Returns (1992), Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), George Clooney in Batman and Robin (1997), Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Ben Afflect in Batman VS Superman (2016).
Going from Twilight star to Batman, it’s been a journey to rise to the occasion, let’s take it back to his humble beginnings. In Pattinson’s early days he was never drawn to acting but rather enjoyed the experience of cinema, more so than doing his homework (fair enough, I say!). However in his midteens his father encouraged him to join a theatre group as a result of his shyness. After being backstage for a couple of years he got the lead in Our Town. Unbeknownst to him, a talent agent spotted him in the audience and that’s when he started to think more seriously about acting.
Pattinson landed his first minor role in Vanity Fair with Reece Witherspoon, unfortunately, his part got cut in the final film but later he got handed a role in the hit series Harry Potter and appeared in Goblet of Fire as Cedric Diggory (2005). This opened up more opportunities for him, but soon debated whether acting was for him or not. He then auditioned for some indie vampire movie and got the role out of 3,000 actors! Twilight definitely type-cast him, as he then starred in the romantic films Water for Elephants and Remember Me but that all changed when an offer came to him from David Cronenberg the director from Cosmopolis, which he played a slick haired greedy billionaire.
Pattinson started to have a fresh love for cinema, and started to work with great auteur directions and starred in independent films such as The Rover (2014), Queen of the Desert (2015), and The Lost City of Z (2016). He became unrecognizable in the rough crime thriller Good Time (2017), starring as a crazy conman. This role got him a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and he received a nomination for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards. Pattinson showed himself to be quite the actor, taking on career defining roles.
Pattinson has since appeared in High Life (2018) a psychological mystery. He then went on to work on Netflix’s The King alongside Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton. His most recent film, The Lighthouse, is now in cinemas. Pattinson and Dafoe bring powerful performances, and this could be Pattinson’s best performance yet.
Pattinson is not to be put in a box, he’s cable of more than what we give him credit for. I think Pattinson made a good decision when he went into independent film, he wanted to break his stereotype, knew what he wanted as an actor, what roles he wanted and what kind of people he wanted to work with. What makes him a great actor is the fact that he’s a wonderful character actor, he’s multi-talented, and can break stereotypes which continues to open up new avenues for him. This choice of casting him for The Batman movie might launch Pattinson into some greater roles down the track. His consistent acting and daring roles have shaped Pattinson into a well rounded creative, one I think many of as underrate.