You see, when the news was announced in May last year that the Twilight star would be stepping up to the plate to take on the role of Bruce Wayne, I just couldn’t even fathom the idea of Edward Cullen as Batman. It wasn’t going to happen for me.
I laughed, I scowled, I did that thing where you just roll your eyes and go, ‘as if’ like the Cher Horowitz no one asked for.
The Batman trailer finally arrived over the weekend, giving fans a first look at what Robert looks like in the unmistakable leather suit and cowl.
Setting the moody tone with Nirvana’s Something In The Way as the soundtrack, the Matt Reeves-directed flick showed us pretty quickly we’re dealing with Broody Batman and I’m not mad about it.
I think my problem pre-trailer was that I really struggled to picture Robert in any other role apart from that of the sparkling vampire Edward. I know, I know – I typecast a dude who has played so many other characters.
He’s aced them, too, as we’ve so recently covered, but my mind found it hard to shake the pigeonholing of this one particular pop culture-defining role.
Even though we’d seen him as a wizard long before we saw him as a vampire, and then we even accepted him as a pigeon-killing, mad Lighthouse assistant, the leap from teen heartthrob to action hero seemed too big for me – even if he was wearing a cape that allowed for maximum glide and aerodynamic propulsion.
That teamed with the whole, ‘oh, another Batman movie?’ just had me feeling all kinds of meh about the thing.
But now? Well, I’ll happily admit I was so ignorantly ill-informed and I so solemnly believe that maybe, just maybe, this emo Batman that we didn’t know we needed will breathe a new life back into the franchise.
If we felt a little fatigued by the Justice League outing (Snyder Cut is not in that category, may I add) it seems we’re all aboard the RPatz Batmobile and looking at it with a fresh zest for life.
Is this feeling that thing they call ‘growth’?
You only need to go online to see many, many other satisfied customers, who are welcoming of this new direction, harking back to an earlier era of the Gotham hero in a film seemingly more centred around mystery and good, ol’ fashioned detective work.
The character was almost becoming a caricature before this, and when you thought of Batman, you conjured images of Ben Affleck beefing up, of Christian Bale, all rippling muscles – that aren’t helped by the frankly offensively-jacked up costume of the Batman of yesteryear – and a womanising George Clooney.
Now I’m not saying this new costume is painting our Batty as a dweeby weakling – with THOSE combat boots? Please – but it’s also not encouraging the comical six-pack and leather nips either.
Even with the very short fight scene we’re blessed with in the trailer, there is no KAPOW and WHAM effect to show us just.how.tough.Batman.is, it’s raw and a little uncomfortable.
And it’s what we need.
Joaquin Phoenix’s turn as Arthur Fleck in last year’s Joker showed us how epic an ‘early’ story can be (notice how I didn’t say origin?) when it focuses on the emotion and the bare grit rather than the extravagant whimsy.
Sure we all love a bit of wonder and excitement, but now I’ve seen my Gerard-Way-Edward-Scissorhands-esque Batman, with his droopy fringe and eyeliner, I get why Robert is in the hot seat.
So I for one welcome our new emo Batman with open arms – so long as it’s not ruined with a soppy love story. I could potentially handle a little thing with Catwoman, but that’s it.
Now, light the bat signal!
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