Matt Reeves seems to be doing this whole thing right, doesn’t he? The filmmaker, who’s directing the upcoming stand-alone film The Batman, has been carefully rolling out casting news online, keeping fans abreast of exciting new additions like Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano, as the Riddler, and, of course, Robert Pattinson playing the titular role. On Thursday, Reeves upped the ante by sharing a moody screen test of Pattinson in the batsuit, the first glimpse at the actor fully in character. And he looks…great, actually. That jawline was made for sleek little bat-eared helmets, baby.
In the screen test, which is just under one-minute long, Pattinson stands around in the full batsuit. (Although we don’t see him from the waist down, so he could also be wearing, like, pajama pants or capris or something.) It’s set to a grim version of Batman’s theme, scored by composer extraordinaire Michael Giacchino, a longtime Reeves collaborator and one of the punniest people alive.
That’s it, really—but it’s already enough to get plenty of fans excited for Pattinson’s turn as the Caped Crusader. The actor has spent the last few years sprinting away from franchises after doing time in the Twilight trenches, so some worried he was too left-field a pick for this superhero role. But if this teeny first look is anything to go by, Pattinson already looks the part of the Gotham City playboy. And to think, the screen test came out the same day as the trailer for the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. We choose to believe this is Reeves’s stealthy endorsement of the hit reality show. Category is: billionaire chic!
From this incredibly short first look, fans have also, somehow, sniffed out a potential key detail about this iteration of the comic book. Per one popular theory, it appears the bat logo on the suit is made out of the broken pieces of a gun. Some fans believe it to be the gun that belonged to Joe Chill, the mugger who killed Bruce’s parents. A little, um, intense, but being intense is kind of Batman’s whole thing. Farewell, sweet bat nipples, hello gun chest. Alas, Reeves has not revealed whether this is true, so Vanity Fair has reached out to Warner Bros. for confirmation.
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