The Batman is set to showcase a brand new take on DC's Dark Knight, with Robert Pattinson taking over the cape and cowl from Ben Affleck's grizzled DCEU veteran. Directed by Matt Reeves, the upcoming film will revolve around Bruce Wayne's second year as Gotham's protector as he is pitted against Paul Dano's Riddler. Alongside the pair, The Batman will also feature other villains, such as Zoë Kravitz's Selina Kyle and Colin Farrell's Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. Penguin.
Ahead of its release, marketing has been ramping up for The Batman in recent weeks. Part of the promotional drive is interviews with the cast and crew, and one of the topics that surfaced is the film's potential sequels.
Pattinson has been vocal about the film's sequel hopes. The veteran actor previously confirmed that The Batman will have a sequel tease, but he pointed out that the film is largely self-contained and "feels strangely personal."
Pattinson also revealed that he is already thinking about potential sequels for the movie, saying that he has already mapped out where "Bruce’s psychology would grow over two more movies." Now, the actor has once again addressed the possibility of seeing more Batman movies with him at the forefront.
Will Robert Pattinson Play More Batman?
The cast of The Batman sat down with Fandango to promote the upcoming release of the DCEU movie.
During the interview, the topic of seeing more follow-ups to The Batman emerged. The film's lead star, Robert Pattinson, openly admitted that he wants to reprise his Caped Crusader role "as many times as people want to see it," while also sharing that he "enjoyed the process" of playing the character in the movie:
"I'm down to do it as many times as people want to see it, really. Like I mean I got to get this one out first. But yeah, like, I mean I've talked to Matt about the idea of doing a trilogy and that would be wonderful. I really, really enjoyed the process and it's such a fun character to play. And yeah, that'd be lovely, lovely."
Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz, and Colin Farrell chimed in on the conversation, with each of them sharing their thoughts about seeing more of Bruce Wayne's "evolution:"
Dano: "There's so much room for this Batman to grow, too."
Pattinson: "Yes, big time."
Kravitz: "It needs that, this is when the setup is."
Farrell: "I want to see the evolution of Bruce Wayne in this, big time."
Pattinson then joked that Bruce would evolve into a "giant party boy," but Kravitz stressed that it's going to be a "fun journey" to witness Bruce's transition from being a recluse to someone who "knows he has to perform" in potential sequels after The Batman:
Pattinson: "As a giant party boy, I know."
Kravitz: "No but I'm really glad it's something, but I think because you're such a recluse, Bruce is such a recluse in this film, to see Bruce evolve into the person that knows he has to perform and be on a yacht with some-that's a really fun journey to go on."
Pattinson: "And Alfred's like, you need to be Batman again. And he's like I'm at a party, I'm at fashion week!"
Farrell: "I'm having a mojito!"
The Batman's Highly Anticipated Debut
Robert Pattinson's latest comments further cement the idea that he is passionate about the Batman character, and this should serve as a good sign if sequels to The Batman will be developed by Warner Bros.
The film's premise of exploring the second year of Bruce Wayne's vigilante life presents endless story possibilities that would be further developed in potential sequels. Given that he is somewhat new to the superhero gig, it's safe to assume that Bruce will make mistakes along the way, and seeing him learn from those missteps should be a visual treat for fans.
Bruce is known for his dedication to protecting Gotham at all costs, but many would agree that his civilian life has sometimes been the source of his mistakes and weakness. Pattinson mentioned that his Bruce Wayne is "not really a socialite" in this first film, likely hinting that his vigilante persona could be taking over his entire life rather than trying to balance two different lives.
If a trilogy is made, Bruce's journey of striking balance between his two lives coupled with his evolution as the Caped Crusader offers a strong narrative that could entice viewers.
The Batman is set to premiere in theaters on March 4, 2022.