George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Now Robert Pattinson: See Batman's Evolution On the Big Screen

The Twilight star is taking on the major role of playing the caped crusader

By Cydney Contreras Jun 01, 2019 12:26 AMTags
Robert Pattinson, Batman MaskNeilson Barnard/Getty Images/E! Illustration

Robert Pattinson is saying goodbye to the small town of Forks, Washington and hello to the big city of Gotham.

The Twilight star has officially been named as the man who will play Batman in the upcoming film The Batman, set to be directed by Matt Reeves. According to The Hollywood Reporter he beat out stars Nicholas HoultArmie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the highly-sought after job. 

By landing this role, Robert is joining an elite group of men who have played the caped crusader. Over the years, stars like Michael Keaton and George Clooney have tested out the iconic black suit, with Ben Affleck being the last star to drive the Batmobile.

However, not everyone is able to do the character justice. In February, Affleck said he was ready to pass on the torch. "I couldn't crack it... I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I'm excited," he explained. 

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It's safe to say Pattinson is following in the footsteps of some major stars. But, no pressure!

Christian Bale

Bale took the character to new heights with a darker, edgier interpretation of the well-known superhero. It's safe to say that he brought Bruce Wayne into the modern era.

George Clooney

Who could forget the 1997 film Batman & Robin? Well, George certainly can't and likely wishes he could. In 2019, the star confessed he "wasn't good" in the role, which led him to tell Ben Affleck, "Don't do it." 

Ben Affleck

Even after being warned by George Clooney, the actor didn't realize the immense pressure that came with playing Bruce Wayne. But after starring in three movies as the superhero, Affleck said he realized, "I couldn't crack it."

Michael Keaton

While some debate who the O.G. Batman is, others point to Keaton as the clear winner. He, Danny DeVitoMichelle Pfeiffer and other stars, like Jack Nicholson, are seen as the stars who shaped Batman into the comic character fans know and love.

Val Kilmer

Before Clooney took over the role of Batman, Kilmer was known as the caped crusader in Batman Forever, alongside stars Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman.

Adam West

The star made history as one of the first stars to play Batman on both television and film.

David Mazouz

Gotham fans will recognize the 18-year-old as a young Bruce Wayne, who has truly done an outstanding job in telling the superhero's origin story.

Will Arnett

Technically the comedian never donned the iconic black suit, but the Lego Movie wouldn't have been the same without the vocal talents of the star.

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