Robert Pattinson went from “Twilight” to “The Twilight Zone” in indie film “The Lighthouse.” Now he’s stepping back into a big-budget blockbuster as the new Batman, paralleling a similar move by Kristen Stewart.
Following their breakout success in five “Twilight” films, Pattinson and Stewart went their separate ways. But their careers since then have been remarkably similar.
Both focused on smaller indie films, and often took secondary roles opposite the main star.
But now both seem to have come full circle.
Stewart jumped back into big-budget franchise films with “Charlie’s Angels.”
It’s the third film in the series, following “Charlie’s Angels” in 2000 and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2003.
She stars with Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart co-star in supporting roles.
The film not only guarantees a big payday, but also a recurring role.
Pattinson will also a big-budget franchise of his own as Batman. The character has appeared in films going back to the 1940s.
Adam West brought the character back to the big screen in the 1966 film, “Batman: The Movie,” a knock-off of his campy hit television show.
Michael Keaton took over the role in two early 1990s films, followed by Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.
Pattinson’s film, titled “The Batman,” will hit theaters in 2021.
He was reportedly furious when news broke about the role, prematurely as it turned out.
“When that thing leaked, I was fucking furious,” he told trade rag Variety.
He was in the middle of promoting his new film “The Lighthouse” and also had a Christopher Nolan film, “Tenet,” in the works.
In “The Lighthouse,” Pattinson stars with Willem Dafoe. They play Thomas Wake and Ephraim Winslow, a lighthouse keeper and his new apprentice.
The film is set in 1890 off the rugged New England coast.
“The Witch” director Robert Eggers shot the film in 35mm black-and-white.
A new trailer shows Thomas (Dafoe) and Ephraim (Pattinson) slowly succumbing to the tedium of work, too much drink and the isolation.
“How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days?” Thomas asks Ephraim at one point. “Help me to recollect.”
Eggers called the film “period-correct.”
And to achieve this crusty, dusty, mucky, rusty, tactile atmosphere I knew it needed to be in black and white,” he told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival.
“It’s not supposed to seem like an old movie … But it also brings you to the past.”
Check out the video below and Pattinson’s Variety interview.