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How Robert Pattinson’s role in Twilight is helping him play The Batman

Published: 2/Oct/2020 3:08 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 3:09

by Isaac McIntyre

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Robert Pattinson has admitted his four-movie run as Edward Cullen in Stephanie Myer’s Twilight franchise has been hugely influential in preparing him to play the caped-crusader, The Batman, in DC’s next reboot of the popular superhero.

Pattinson, 34, has never looked back too fondly on his time as sparkling vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight. He dubbed the fandom “scary” and revealed in a now-infamous 2011 interview he spent a long time “mindlessly hating it.”

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All that may have changed, however, as he prepares to play The Batman.

DC’s super-detective is one of the world’s most popular heroes. After a dozen live-action appearances in both film and television, a host of animated movies, and of course thousands of comic issues, everyone knows the name ‘Batman.’

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There’s a certain pressure that comes with following in the footsteps of famed Batman stars like Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, Adam West, and Ben Affleck.

For Robert Pattinson though, it’s nothing he hasn’t dealt with before. Twilight prepared him “totally” for a rabid fan base. In fact, he welcomes the huge Batman pressure.

For Pattinson though, it’s nothing he hasn’t dealt with before. Twilight prepared him “totally” for a rabid fan base demanding perfection. In fact, he welcomes the huge Batman pressure.
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Robert Pattinson will make his first appearance as The Batman in Reeves’ 2021 reboot.

“There’s a slightly different feeling when you know loads and loads of people are going to watch something you’re working on,” he told Total Film Magazine.

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He continued, admitting he wouldn’t be in filmmaking if he didn’t want to push himself at the highest levels: “I weirdly enjoyed it during Twilight… the idea that you can mess it up. I guess I felt pretty confident. I wanted to be on the big stage.”

“Messing up” seems to be a theme of the new Batman flick too. The reboot joins Bruce Wayne in just his second year under the cowl. It’s “not an origin story,” Pattinson promised. We do get to meet Wayne “in the early days” of his crime-fighting career though.

“What’s really important about this iteration, for me, is that you know a lot of the other stories are about how he had to master his fear and master himself in order to become Batman… in that Batman state, the character is sort of his best self.”

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“I hope what’s different about what we’re doing is try and do it in exactly that sort of manner. And then, of course, the other things that are from the earlier history of the context of him being the world’s greatest detective and how we got there.”

Pattinson's first Batman movie will be another dark take on the iconic DC hero.
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Pattinson’s first Batman movie will be another dark take on the iconic DC hero.

Pattinson has reportedly signed on for a single Batman film. He is in line to make just shy of $5 million for his first outing in the iconic black cowl.

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If The Batman has smash-hit success like Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, however, the British star may be tabled a similar $50m follow-up offer to shoot multiple sequels. The two rivals could eventually meet too, producer Bradley Cooper has teased.

The Batman will be released in October 2021, as long as there are no further delays. Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, and John Turturro will all appear in the new Batman movie alongside Pattinson.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.