A new track from The Batman has been circulating online and it gives us a look at Robert Pattinson’s brooding view of the man behind the mask: Bruce Wayne.
The track shows how the Riddler (played by Paul Dano) literally crashes a funeral that Wayne attends in the form of a car driving into the church. Wayne can save a little kid just in time, but a man tied up in a bomb gets out of the car to reveal that the Riddler has a message for Batman.
Pattinson basically has no dialogue in the scene, but he is able to convey a lot about the character he plays. When he first looks at the young boy (who is the son of the deceased), you can see that Wayne has empathy with the child because of his own experience of losing his parents as a child. And when the shit starts hitting the fan, you can see the frustration in Wayne’s face that he can not jump into action because of his secret identity.
– WRAAK🦇 (@Bat_Source) 22 January 2022
What’s really exciting is that Pattinson seems to be making as much effort to play Wayne as he is with Batman and without mumbling a word, he already looks like one of the character’s best film versions. Wayne is often the overlooked and underrated half of the dark knight because people are more interested in seeing him dress like a bat and kicking than attending board meetings and going to charity galas (or whatever it is) billionaires do).
And for that reason, Wayne as a character is mostly underdeveloped on screen. Even the beloved Nolan trilogy did not give Christian Bale much to do with Wayne as a character. The only real exception is Keaton, who did put a bit of nuance and pathos into Wayne’s play. But it’s not like he’s received Oscar buzz for his role, so it’s not impossible to imagine Pattinson becoming the best Bruce Wayne we’ve ever seen.
The Batman will hit theaters on March 4th.