While Robert Pattinson’s Batman was one of the best-received interpretations of the character to date, his design had one major – and hilarious – flaw.
Warning: spoilers ahead for The Batman.
The Dark Knight by Robert Pattinson in The Batman may have looked excellent, but there was a hilarious problem with his character design. Matt Reeves’ The Batman is a grittier, more grounded version of the character, with his Gotham a much more realistic and sinister place than many other iterations. After the titular vigilante in the second year of his crusade for revenge, The Batman sees the Caped Crusader go up against the Riddler, the Penguin, and various other criminal elements of Gotham’s underworld.
With Pattinson’s Batman versus Paul Dano’s Riddler (who was inspired by real-life serial killers), The BatmanThe eponymous hero is a slightly different version of the character. It lacks the muscles of previous versions, and The Batman puts a lot more emphasis on his detective abilities than others Batman movies, which makes his take on the character distinctly unique. The design was a grounded take that still managed to maintain a level of comic book precision, but it had one hilariously flawed one.
Pattinson’s Batman is regularly seen riding his motorcycle around Gotham, moving unrecognized thanks to his helmet. However, on a few occasions, he rides his motorcycle while wearing his vigilante outfit – a costume that includes a long, flowing cape. Although it can be a great look for The BatmanA vengeful hero, he presents a major potential problem in Reeves’ more realistic world.
Batman’s cape is such an iconic part of the character that he just wouldn’t look good without it – and The BatmanThe version of the character is no exception. Pattinson’s Batman also makes extensive use of his motorcycle throughout the film, favoring it The Batmanit’s the Batmobile. This makes more sense in Reeves’ more grounded world, as Pattinson’s Batcycle would allow for a much quicker and less obvious journey through Gotham. However, the way his cape and motorbike would most likely interact would seem decidedly unheroic: the cape would almost certainly get caught in the back wheel of the motorbike, unceremoniously dragging the vigilante out of his seat and onto the tarmac.
The Batman might see Robert Pattinson wearing a different Batsuit than previous Batman cast members, but the issue isn’t limited to his version. Any Batman who wears a cape and rides a motorcycle would likely face the same problem, though The BatmanThe more realistic world of makes the problem even more obvious. Throughout the film, the problem is avoided by Pattinson on the bike without wearing his vigilante gear, although in the film’s final scenes he can be seen driving off into the sunset with his cape flapping dangerously close to the wheel. moving rear of the bike.
While the problem of this particular wardrobe malfunction is not new, it is compounded by The BatmanGotham City is all the more grounded and gritty. In The BatmanIn a more serious setting, the idea that Batman could be overthrown by something so mundane is much funnier, and therefore more obvious. If Matt Reeves will address the potential issue in the sequels The Batman remains to be seen, but in the final scenes of Pattinson’s Dark Knight debut, it posed an unintended theoretical problem.
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