Robert Pattinsons Batman Is A Symbol Of Pain (Not Fear)

Robert Pattinson’s Batman Is A Symbol Of Pain (Not Fear)

Robert Pattinson’s new Batman is a symbol of pain and trauma rather than the symbol of fear movie fans of the Dark Knight will be more used to.

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Robert Pattinsons Batman Is A Symbol Of Pain (Not Fear)

In The Batman, Robert Pattinson’s new Dark Knight is a symbol of pain, rather than a symbol of fear. That much sets him apart from every other Batman in live-action movies so far and fits very crucially alongside the idea of him being a new hero still finding his feet.

Matt Reeves has spoken about his take on Batman in his forthcoming stand-alone movie, confirming that The Batman will focus on Bruce Wayne in his second year as Gotham’s vigilante protector. Given what’s been shown in the teaser footage released so far, it seems very much that this Batman is still finding his place, not only in Gotham City but in the sliding scale of morality that has Superman as an ideal at one end, Carmine Falcone at the other and himself, the challenging new Riddler and Catwoman sitting somewhere between.

Reeves’ ideas of what Batman will be in that early period is very much being pushed to the forefront of The Batman’s marketing (alongside suggestions of noir influences and a return to Batman’s detective roots) and while his origin won’t be on show, it will overshadow the events of the movie. Because The Batman will establish a Batman formed by trauma, whose wounds are far closer to the surface than any other movie Batman before. This is a Dark Knight who literally wears a reminder of his biggest trauma emblazoned across his chest and who doles out violent justice not accompanied by his usual brand message – “I’m Batman” – but with an alternative – “I am vengeance” – that confirms that he is a symbol of pain.

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Pattinson’s Batman will no doubt become the usual symbol of fear that he’s typically been in the comics and in movies. His adoption of his Batsuit and shadowy modus operandi obviously still speak to his use of fear tactics, but he won’t yet be a symbol of fear in The Batman. He cannot claim to be anything like Christopher Nolan’s Batman at the end of The Dark Knight Trilogy for instance, because that Bruce Wayne had come to adopt an ideology – bred from years of weaponizing Batman as a concept – that the symbol was stronger than the individual. That was only possible through enforced aversion therapy: Bruce Wayne gave up being Batman by stripping his self away from his trauma. Pattinson’s Batman sits at the opposite end of the spectrum: he is still enveloped in his trauma.

The choice to use the very gun that killed his parents as his “symbol” (or logo) in place of the usual Bat symbol – at least, that’s what’s been heavily presumed – and his use of “I am vengeance” as a sort of gritty calling card suggests that Bruce is driven by the loss of his parents right at his surface. He hasn’t yet realized how to focus his pain, which is why he’s rougher around the edges and why he might be susceptible to Riddler’s influences as he seeks to advance his own anti-Gotham vigilante message. This all suggests that Batman will have to wade into darkness a little more during the events of The Batman, in order for him to eventually navigate out of the earlier stage of his grief process. Only then will he be able to start establishing the mythology that will make “I am Batman” actually mean something.

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