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Pattinsons Freak Batman Avoids The Only Problem With Bales Dark Knight

Christian Bales Batman portrayal is widely praised but it has just one problem that Robert Pattinsons performance in The Batman managed to avoid. The first film of his The Dark Knight trilogy was released in 2005 and only grew in its massive success until it concluded in 2012. Given the multiple recasts of the titular character from its 1989 reboot what Christian Bale achieved as Batman is rightfully lauded. However Bales Dark Knight performance still has one particular flaw that Pattinson deftly manages to sidestep.

Tim Burtons 1989 Batman set a lot of precedents for future incarnations of the character. In particular Tim Burton and Michael Keaton put a lot of focus on portraying Batman as a freak. Rightly so there is something inherently odd about an orphaned child who learns exemplary handtohand combat in order to fight crime whilst dressed as a giant bat. Coming from such a notorious and wealthy family Bruce could easily find solace in other forms of escapism but he instead marries himself to justice. Pattinson taps into this freak in The Batman which highlights one issue with Bale.

The problem with Bales Dark Knight is that he isnt a freak and in fact is arguably the exact opposite. Though Bales duality of Bruce Wayne is clearly a facade to avoid people looking too closely into his life and discovering what lies beneath he still appears as a selfconfident playboy vigilante to viewers. Hes a smooth talker even when he doesnt have a crowd to impress and carries a little knowing smirk that suggests he knows how cool he is. The difference between his and Pattinsons portrayal is evident as Pattinsons Batman is a true freak in almost every sense.

Pattinsons Batman doesnt sleep and is mostly seen wearing sweats when he isnt wearing the Batsuit. The one time Bruce wears a suit is for a tribute to the Mayor and even then everyone comments on how shocked they are to see him because he is a complete recluse. Hes incredibly quiet and muted and you get the impression he doesnt really care to speak unless he really has to. His coolest line Im vengeance is even said in a strained and uncomfortable way which truly emphasizes how warped his psyche is.

This compared to Bales Bruce who tells Harvey Dent not to worry about pushing two tables together in the restaurant because he owns the place shows just how different the two approaches are. Pattinsons Bruce whines when Alfred tells him about a meeting he should attend whereas Bales Bruce attends a meeting in The Dark Knight and falls asleep later telling Lucious he knew Laos company was possibly engaging in illegal activities but he just needed a closer look at their books to make sure. Bales Bruce is so selfconfident and aware that he can take a nap in a meeting full of wealthy businessmen but Pattinsons is so disengaged from society he will do anything to avoid human interaction.

Pattinsons portrayal of Batman truly carries on the idea laid down by Burton and Keatons DC story and takes it to the extreme. Whilst Bales iteration of Bruce Wayne/Batman has become emblematic of the character he more so represents a cooler playboy vigilante—which to Christian Bales credit is a popular depiction of the character. Even Keatons Batman while a true freak entertained the beautiful and famous photo journalist Vicki Vale. Ultimately Bales Batman is still tortured and plagued with grief but he hides it a lot better than Pattinson in The Batman who fully embraces the freak aspect of the Dark Knight.

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