It has been making rounds on the internet that Robert Pattinson does not consider Batman as a superhero. The former Twilight star created waves in October when he commented on how the character and his moral complexity exclude Batman from being a proper superhero. Since then, the leading man of the 2021’s Batman has stood by his opinion and more recently took a far more confusing viewpoint on the issue.
It is no mystery that Batman is DC Comics’ darker protagonists, in sharp contrast to other heroes of the Comics like Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash. He dons a dark costume while working in the shadows and taking a far more ferocious approach to fighting his enemies. Quite often, he finds himself locking horns with his fellow Justice League members very; similarly, he does with his most hated foes.
It is these properties that ass credence to Pattinson’s belief that the Caped Crusader might not entirely fit the traditional superhero matrix. While in an interview with Today via CBR, The Lighthouse star gave more astonishing reasoning for why he wouldn’t Classify Batman as a superhero.
He told the interviewer, Willie Geist when asked what it’s like to play a comic book superhero. “It doesn’t count. You need to have like magical powers to be a superhero.” Geist then pointed out that Batman wears a cape, to which Pattinson replied, “The cape. I will give you that one.” While one can argue over whether or not Batman is a true hero in the traditional sense, not having magical power is a peculiar lime of reasoning for Pattinson to take.
Other conventional heroes like Iron Man and Green Arrow lack superhuman abilities of any kind, relying on technology as well as cunning cleverness very much like the Dark Knight himself. And yet they are considered as Superheroes parallel to those with enhanced abilities like Captain America or Superman. The word “Super” in the superhero does not naturally mean superpowers, and it’s all just connotation.
However, Pattinson’s remarks about not having powers seem to have been made in jest. Whether jokingly or not, his belief that his version of the repeatedly adapted Batman doesn’t fit the shape of a traditional superhero is a thought-provoking take.
The highly regarded Batman stories such as the intensely popular film The Dark Knight or the classic graphic novel The Killing Joke, tend to focus on the Dark Knight’s moral code and the consequences of either adhering to it or breaking it.
Although, if we are to review things from Pattinson’s point of view on the matter, we might be looking at a more greyer defender of Gotham when The Batman hits the silver screen.