Zoe Kravitz: ‘Robert Pattinson is perfect for Batman role’

Zoe Kravitz thinks Robert Pattinson is the perfect fit for iconic superhero Batman.The Big Little Lies actress, who landed the coveted role of Catwoman in October last year, threw her support behind the British actor being picked to play Bruce Wayne du…

Zoe Kravitz thinks Robert Pattinson is the perfect fit for iconic superhero Batman.

The Big Little Lies actress, who landed the coveted role of Catwoman in October last year, threw her support behind the British actor being picked to play Bruce Wayne during a recent interview with Variety.

“He looks good in the suit, man. He looks good in the suit. That’s a good jaw line,” she quipped. “But he’s just a great actor and he brings so much to everything he does… I think he’s perfect, perfect casting.”

The upcoming comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves, is rumoured to be focusing on the detective aspect of the DC Comics superhero, and will also star Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.

And Zoe respects Robert’s early days playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie franchise.

“First of all, he’s just a really good actor. He started out as this kind of teen pop sensation, and then I think we all kind of saw through his work that there was a lot more going on,” Zoe explained.

“He’s a really interesting artist, and that is very much Batman in a way. We have the illusion of Bruce Wayne, and then we have Batman in the shadows that has a lot more complicated things going on. So just in that, I think he’s perfect for this role.”

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Michael Keaton in talks to reprise Batman role

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became …

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.

The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became cult classics.

He was set to return for Batman Forever in 1995, but left during development of the film, helmed by the late Joel Schumacher, with Val Kilmer eventually taking over the role of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. reportedly want Keaton back in the Batsuit after almost 30 years for the standalone superhero film, starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster, according to editors at The Wrap.

The highly-anticipated project has been hit by delays since it was announced by Warner Bros. executives back in 2014, but last year, it was finally given a scheduled release date of June 2022. It filmmaker Andy Muschietti will direct, with a script penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

The storyline will reportedly introduce the idea of a multiverse, in which multiple versions of the same characters exist in alternate universes, as explained in the original DC Comics, and in a similar vein to Marvel’s hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.

Therefore, the multiverse plot won’t affect director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.

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Colin Farrell is ‘huge fan’ of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy

Colin Farrell is a “huge fan” of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.The Irish actor is portraying Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming big screen reboot of the DC Comics franchise, and …

Colin Farrell is a “huge fan” of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The Irish actor is portraying Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming big screen reboot of the DC Comics franchise, and he’s overjoyed to be joining the Batman universe.

“It’s all exciting. To be a part of that universe and just there are certain words that are part of my internal lexicon: Gotham City, Penguin, Joker, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Harvey Dent, all these things,” he told Good Morning America.

Farrell also said he loved Nolan’s dark reimagining of the comic, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ago in Batman Begins in 2005, The Dark Knight in 2008, and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

“Obviously I was a huge fan of what Chris Nolan did with that world and how he brought it back to life and gave it an immediacy and a contemporary significance,” he said of the trilogy. “So just to be part of, again that folklore, that mythology, is again really cool.”

And he pointed to Michael Keaton’s debut as Gotham City’s crime-fighting hero in Tim Burton’s Batman back in 1989, as well as Adam West’s iconic turn in the 1960s TV show, for inspiring him when he was younger.

“Tim Burton’s Batman was kind of my… no, I watched the Adam West TV show growing up actually as well,” Farrell explained. “So Batman as a kid, yes very much, not in comic book form but the TV show I watched ardently when I was a child. And then in my teens I saw Burton’s version and loved it.”

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Val Kilmer reveals why he quit Batman role after one movie

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee …

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.

The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, and Drew Barrymore.

At the time, Joel Schumacher, who directed the superhero movie and the subsequent sequel Batman & Robin, claimed that Kilmer had quit due to filming commitments.

However, more than 25 years after exiting the superhero role, Kilmer has explained that he left the lucrative comic-book franchise after an incident on the set of Batman Forever.

During a profile for The New York Times, the 60-year-old recalled being in costume on set one day to meet business tycoon Warren Buffett and his grandchildren, but the kids were far more interested in looking at the Batmobile and high-tech props instead.

“That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman,” he said, noting that anyone could wear the mask. “Everyone has to work out their own salvation. How to live and by what morality, and I found that the part that I feel bad about is hurting somebody in the process.”

He was eventually replaced by George Clooney, who fronted the critically-panned Batman & Robin in 1997. It was the last movie starring the Caped Crusader until Christopher Nolan rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, in 2005. The character has since been played by Ben Affleck and is soon to be portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

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Darren Aronofsky wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Batman in 2000s-era movie

Darren Aronofsky has claimed his 2000s-era Batman movie was scrapped because he wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic superhero.In an interview with Empire, the director opened up about his plans to reinvent the Caped Crusader almost 20 years ago, …

Darren Aronofsky has claimed his 2000s-era Batman movie was scrapped because he wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic superhero.

In an interview with Empire, the director opened up about his plans to reinvent the Caped Crusader almost 20 years ago, but also recalled how bosses at Warner Bros. weren’t enthusiastic about his choice of leading man.

“The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr. and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix,” he stated. “I remember thinking, ‘Uh oh, we’re making two different films here.’ That’s a true story. It was a different time. The Batman I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker went on to share that he was keen to overhaul the DC Comics superhero after George Clooney’s turn as the famed character in 1997’s Batman & Robin and noted that he was looking to adapt Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic.

“The Batman that was out before me was Batman & Robin, the famous one with the nipples on the Batsuit, so I was really trying to undermine that, and reinvent it. That’s where my head went,” Aronofsky added.

The project never made it into production and the role of Batman has since been played by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Ben Affleck.

Robert Pattinson will be taking on the part for Matt Reeves’s upcoming film, The Batman.

And while Phoenix missed out on playing Batman, he did end up portraying the Joker in Todd Phillips’ bleak 2019 drama, for which he nabbed the prize for Best Actor at the Academy Awards in February.

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Josh Hartnett denies turning down Batman and Spider-Man roles

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects. Ho…

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.

In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects.

However, Josh has now insisted those claims weren’t entirely accurate.

“I didn’t turn down Spider-Man. I don’t know where that came from. I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer,” he told Variety in a new interview. “But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies.

“I was having meetings with those directors and people were saying: ‘Would you be interested?’ I talked to them about what they were doing, and I ultimately decided I wasn’t, but that was a very privileged place for a young man to be in. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose.”

Back in 2015, Josh told a reporter at Playboy magazine he was offered the role of Batman but “decided it wasn’t for me”. Yet, in his most recent chat, the star backtracked on that comment and insisted the role “wasn’t an audition or an offer”.

“It was a conversation with the director (Christopher Nolan),” the 41-year-old explained. “I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. When you say one thing one time about it, and now it gets blown up. But I don’t really care to tell that story over and over again.”

Christian Bale was eventually cast as Batman in Nolan’s trilogy, and the character has since been played by Ben Affleck, while Robert Pattinson will make his debut as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming DC Comics flick, The Batman.

Henry Cavill is the current Superman, while Tom Holland currently has the part of Spider-Man.

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck call for release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through p…

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.

The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through production to deal with a family tragedy, leaving Avengers director Joss Whedon to complete the movie, which was panned by critics upon its 2017 release.

A version that stays true to Snyder’s vision still exists, and now several of its stars are calling on studio bosses to make it available to fans.

Both Gadot, who played Amazonian hero Wonder Woman, and Affleck, who portrayed Batman, tweeted the hashtag, “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut,” with Snyder also backing its release.

“This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong. #releasethesnydercut,” he wrote after quoting Gadot’s post.

Ray Fisher, who played Justice League member Cyborg, also backed the release of the cut, posting a photo of himself in an American football uniform – a scene that did not appear in the original cinematic release.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa claims to have seen Snyder’s version of the movie, telling MTV News earlier this month: “I have seen it. I have seen the Snyder Cut, so… think the public needs to see it.

“I’m obviously indebted to Warner and DC, and I don’t know how they feel about it. As a fan, I’m very, very happy that I got to see it.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. executives have no immediate plans to release Snyder’s cut of Justice League, but other reports have claimed it could debut on WarnerMedia’s planned HBO Max streaming service.

The original Justice League was eviscerated by critics and disappointed at the box office, earning $657 million (£508 million) worldwide against a mammoth $300 million (£232 million) production budget.

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Joker becomes first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion at worldwide box office

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadl…

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.

The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadline.

Directed by Todd Phillips, the film follows the story of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who begins a slow descent into madness and transforms into the criminal mastermind called Joker after he is disregarded by society.

The movie joins three other DC superhero movies released by Warner Bros. to reach the coveted milestone: Aquaman, which raked in $1.148 billion (£879 million), 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which hit $1.08 billion (£832 million), and The Dark Knight in 2008, which made just over $1 billion (£774 million).

The latter films were directed by Christopher Nolan, with The Dark Knight also featuring the Joker, who was played by the late Heath Ledger. The Australian actor won a posthumous Oscar for his unnerving performance, which was collected by his family at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Joker is also the seventh film by Warner Bros. to cross the $1 billion mark, joining the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Last month, Phillips’s bleak comic book drama also overtook The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all-time.

And as reporters at Forbes have noted, the success of Joker was helped by the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die and superhero flick Wonder Woman 1984.

Both films were due to be released earlier this month but were rescheduled to April and June 2020, respectively.

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Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero. …

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.

The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Nolan went on to make The Dark Knight in 2008, and four years later, he concluded his trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, which saw Bruce Wayne retiring his alter-ego and eloping with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Now, Bale has opened up about the filmmaker’s decision to decline on making another Batman movie.

“I literally had people laugh at me when I told them we were doing a new kind of Batman,” the 45-year-old told the Toronto Sun. “I think that the reason it worked was first and foremost Chris’s take on it. But also, we never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time. ”

He went on to note that Nolan worked on the idea that his Dark Knight saga would always be a trilogy.

“Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three, we would stop,” Bale shared.

Despite The Dark Knight Rises making more than $1.08 billion (£832 million) at the worldwide box office when it was released in 2012, the Oscar winner supported Nolan when he turned down a lucrative fourth Batman movie.

“Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a number four?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’s dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth. That’s why we, well Chris, stepped away. After that I was informed my services were no longer required,” he laughed, referencing Ben Affleck stepping into Bruce Wayne’s shoes for Justice League in 2017.

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Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in Batman role

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible. “Now that I’m start…

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.

The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible.

“Now that I’m starting to get into it, I don’t want to approach it as kind of a big studio thing where all you’re really doing is thinking about your trailer. I want to approach it in exactly the same way (I usually do), I want it to be frightening, I want it to be something you lose yourself in,” he told the BBC. “It’s more difficult to do because it’s such a familiar character to lots of people, but I think… if you can find a way to lose yourself in it, I think that’s really exciting.”

The Twilight star found out he was going to play the crime-fighting alter ego of billionaire Bruce Wayne while filming Christopher Nolan’s mysterious new espionage drama, Tenet.

“I wanted to do something on a big stage, and so I ended up doing Chris Nolan’s movie, which I was really, really happy about at the beginning of this year. And then Batman was kind of a surprise to me,” he explained.

Pattinson is currently starring in The Lighthouse opposite Willem Dafoe and recently revealed that he was inspired by the Hollywood veteran when trying out new voices for Batman.

“Willem’s voice in this was quite inspiring for it, to be honest,” he told Access Hollywood. “It is pretty similar, the voice I’m gonna do, to Willem’s. I think Batman has a sort of piratey kind of voice – I think that will really suit it.”

The Batman, also starring Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler, will be released in 2021.

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