Pattinson talks about gritty, horror-channeling ‘The Batman’

While we’ve heard of Bruce Wayne’s crime-busting mission and tragic backstory spun so many times before, director Matt Reeves’ iteration of the Dark Knight, starring Robert Pattinson as the billionaire vigilante, feels like uncharted territory even for one of the DC Universe’s mightiest superheroes. And it’s a film his followers can’t afford to miss.

In fact, “The Batman,” which clocks in with a three-hour running time, plays out like a deeply provocative psychological thriller-cum-horror movie. Framed by its neo-noir “Saw”-meets-“Nightmare Alley” mood and underpinning, the creepy movie finds our stoic hero trying his best to keep it together two years after Batman began stalking the loon- and goon-infested Gotham City.

The scepter of grief continues to loom over Bruce 20 years after his father Thomas Wayne (Luke Roberts) was gunned down, and he is cynical and broody as all get-out—a recluse who doesn’t always get along with his doting but disapproving butler Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis).

This version of Bruce is also far from the slick and world-weary mogul that the superb Ben Affleck played with aplomb and sophistication in the “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League” juggernaut.

At the virtual global press con that we attended last week, Robert, who often dressed up as Batman (the Adam West version) his “entire childhood,” admitted that he was as nervous as he was thrilled at the dream-come-true prospect of bringing the Caped Crusader to palpable life. He wasn’t alone, though. Keeping Robert company at the press con were costars Zoë Kravitz, John Turturro, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, producer Dylan Clark and director Reeves.

“It’s incredible to be a part of the same coterie,” Robert told Reuters at the London premiere of “The Batman” last Wednesday. By “coterie,” the 35-year-old actor meant the league of illustrious actors who had worn Batman’s cape, including Adam, Ben, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and even George Clooney. “So I’d be so curious what my childhood self would think of this.”

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