A new clip from The Batman is circulating online and it gives us a glimpse of Robert Pattinson’s brooding take on the man behind the mask: Bruce Wayne.
The clip shows the Riddler (played by Paul Dano) literally crashing a funeral that Wayne is attending in the form of a car barreling into the church. Wayne is able to save a little kid just in time but a bomb-strapped man emerges from the car to reveal that the Riddler has a message for Batman.
Pattinson has basically no dialogue in the scene but he’s able to convey a lot about the character he’s playing. When he first looks at the young boy (who is the son of the deceased), you can tell that Wayne empathizes with the kid because of his own experience of losing his parents as a child. And when shit starts to hit the fan, you can see the frustration in Wayne’s face that he is unable to jump into action because of his secret identity.
What’s really exciting is that Pattinson seems to be putting as much effort into playing Wayne as he is with Batman and without muttering a word, he already looks like one of the best cinematic versions of the character. Wayne is often the overlooked and under-appreciated half of the dark knight, as people are more interested in seeing him dress up as a bat and kick ass than attending board meetings and going to charity galas (or whatever it is billionaires do).
And for that reason, Wayne as a character has been mostly underdeveloped onscreen. Even the beloved Nolan trilogy didn’t give Christian Bale much to do with Wayne as a character. The only real exception is Keaton, who did put some nuance and pathos into playing Wayne. But it’s not like he was receiving Oscar buzz for his role, so it’s not impossible to imagine Pattinson becoming the best Bruce Wayne we’ve ever seen.
The Batman will hit theaters on March 4.
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