THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has a very good report on how the casting of Robert Pattinson as the new Batman on film went down. Here are a few blurbs…
Reeves, who was hired to write and direct a new Batman movie in February 2017, was envisioning actors while penning the script, according to sources familiar with the filmmaker’s thinking. It helped that this new Batman needed to conform to a defined age bracket. He is written as around 30 years old, and the story is neither another rehashing of his origin nor the tale of a seasoned crimefighter ruling Gotham City. He is Bruce Wayne still trying to find his footing on his way to becoming the genius detective.
Batman being around 30, not a rookie, but not yet the full-on Batman is something we’ve been hearing about for a while now. Many people speculated that we’d be getting another origin story simply because Bruce Wayne was going to be younger in THE BATMAN and that is not the case.
Reeves is said to have considered Pattinson, 33, early on in the process, says one source, even though no outreach was made.
Reeves saw Pattinson’s post-TWILIGHT work — like GOOD TIME (which is what sold me on him as I have have seen 1 second of a TWILIGHT movie) — and thought the dude might make a good Batman as this cast can flat-out act.
Pattinson and Hoult put on a suit from a previous Batman movie, as has become customary in the Bat-test process. (Christian Bale, before landing Batman Begins, performed his test in the suit used by Val Kilmer in 1995’s Batman Forever, for instance.) Did they embody the character? How did their eyes look and act? Is there a specialness to them? Those were the questions Reeves and the studio wanted answered.
“(Reeves) wanted very specific things,” says one insider. “He knew what he was looking for.”
“How did their eyes look and act?” This line definitely caught my eye (pun intended).
This tells me that Reeves’ Batman will not be sporting permanent lenses and that’s a good thing.
Great actors know how to “act with their eyes” and when done well, it adds so much to a performance. Just imagine this scene from BATMAN ’89 with Keaton’s eyes covered by lenses…
See what I mean? Anyway…
Check out the full story via the links provided as it’s a good read. – Bill “Jett” Ramey