Robert Pattinson looks to be giving audiences one of the darkest and most complex interpretations of Batman ever put to film. Matt Reeves’s The Batman certainly seems to be going for a grim world for the Caped Crusader to live in. With only the trailer to go off for any clues about the plot, fans have been feverishly trying to figure out more about the story before the film releases. There have been plenty of theories – we have even provided one of our own – but everyone is still in the dark as they try to unravel the mystery of The Batman. Well, we have received some news that adds a pretty significant puzzle piece to the board.
According to our trusted inside source – the same one that gave us our confirmed exclusive scoops regarding Don Cheadle appearing as War Machine in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Josh Brolin returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos – Robert Pattinson will be playing a Bruce Wayne who discovers his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, were actually villains. Our source says that it will be somewhat similar to the interpretations we have seen in Joker or the video game Batman: The Telltale Series where the Waynes are revealed to be either outright malicious in some way or, at the very least, not the squeaky clean idols we have seen in many iterations of the Batman world. Part of the reason Paul Dano’s Riddler is playing his deadly game with Bruce is because of the sordid history of Thomas and Martha.
This would certainly vibe with what we have seen in The Batman trailer. At the end of that, Robert Pattinson and Paul Dano have some kind of exchange where Riddler says that Bruce (or Batman) is “a part of this.” This has led to speculation that Riddler actually knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman from the outset of the story. That has also been used as a story point in the past, most notably in the seminal comic book series Batman: Hush. If it turns out that Riddler actually has a vendetta against Bruce Wayne specifically, that would mean Matt Reeves is somewhat unconsciously riffing on the story of the underrated Batman Forever. Now that would be a surprise!
Making Thomas and Martha Wayne more complex and even villainous characters would certainly give Robert Pattinson even more dramatic conflict to deal with as Bruce Wayne. The idea that Bruce idolizes and even deifies his parents after their death is such a cornerstone of the character’s ethos. Having his view of them shattered would mean he would have to recontextualize his entire decision to even become Batman in the first place. It is a plot point that, as we have stated, has been explored before in other Batman media, but has only now begun to make its way into Batman movies. It seems like a good way to have Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne have an even deeper investment in the ongoing mystery of the movie.
Just how villainous will the Waynes be in The Batman? What will their shameful past entail? We will find out when The Batman releases on MArch 4, 2022.