'Super Compelling' Robert Pattinson Will Be A Great Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal Says

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale in The Dark Knight
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Since the next Batman was revealed to be Robert Pattinson, fans have been discussing their thoughts on the Matt Reeves’ noir take. It’s a divisive pick, especially when his most recognizable role is sparkly, possessive vampire. There’s a counterpoint – since the Twilight franchise, RPatz has been challenging himself with some magnificently meaty roles. Just check out Good Time. He’s the real deal.

Now Dark Knight star Maggie Gyllenhaal is weighing in to the conversation surrounding Robert Pattinson as well. Here’s what she said about The Batman casting:

I really like him. Yeah, so do I [think he'll be great]. I think he's a really, really good actor. I really do. I think he's a super compelling actor and I think -- I don't know, that's gonna be great.

Anyone keeping score? That’s a point for Hufflepuff! (You know, because he was Cedric in Harry Potter?) Anyway, it’s nice to hear Maggie Gyllenhaal’s positive reaction to Battinson! The actress played Rachel Dawes in the 2008 Christopher Nolan flick, replacing Katie Holmes.

Maggie Gyllenhaal worked alongside Christian Bale, Heath Ledger’s notorious Joker, and Aaron Eckhart’s Two-Face before her character was killed in an explosion, leaving room for Anne Hathaway to be the leading lady in The Dark Knight Rises as Selena Kyle. Like Pattinson, Maggie Gyllenhaal frequents smaller projects such as The Kindergarten Teacher and Frank, along with the upcoming return of HBO’s The Deuce on Monday, September 30.

Maggie Gyllenhaal talked Robert Pattison when she made an appearance at the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which premiered Friday at the New York Film Festival. Check out her interview with Variety:

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Is this the kind of good energy her brother Jake Gyllenhaal received when he decided to play Mysterio for Spider-Man: Far From Home? Now, that turned out epic! She genuinely sounds excited to see RPatz don the legendary cape and cowl come 2021.

Oddly enough, Robert Pattinson is filming Christopher Nolan’s next movie Tenet ahead of his work on The Batman, which will likely begin its production in early 2020. The actor did share that he’s approached the Dark Knight trilogy director for tips on how to manuever the Batsuit and he found out he’d officially had the role on his first day on Tenet.

Matt Reeves seems to be rounding out the rest of The Batman cast right now. Earlier this week, it was reported Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright is in negotiations to play Commissioner Gordon and Jonah Hill is in talks to play a major villian. The two names in the ring for Hill are allegedly Riddler or Penguin.

The Batman is a while away, so more news of its development is sure to come! Robert Pattinson will debut his Dark Knight on June 25, 2021.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.