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From Twilight to Batman: A look at Robert Pattinson’s career

Robert Pattison as the Batman

Robert Pattinson has had an extensive career. From humble beginnings in which his scenes were deleted from movies, he is now one of the most popular names of the week.

Robert Pattinson recently starred in the blockbuster movie, Batman, which, according to Collider has grossed over $128.5m in the US and $250m worldwide, making it the fifth highest grossing movie during an opening week in March. Pattinson’s Batman, however, falls short of the $158m grossed by Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

The Humble Beginnings of Robert Pattinson

Despite the popularity afforded to him during his later career, Pattinson has not always been as lucky. Pattinson began his career in the German television series, Ring of the Nibelungs, but was cut from the series before release to the general public. Pattinson would later appear on the DVD version only.

Pattinson’s career began gaining traction in 2005, when he was cast as Cedric Diggory in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire adaptation. Pattinson’s portrayal of Diggory made him popular with fans who were, understandably, saddened at the characters death. Pattinson was named the 2005 British Star of Tomorrow as a result of his portrayal.

Edward Cullen and Twilight

Pattison's portrayal of Edward Cullen skyrocketed him to fame.
Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen skyrocketed him to fame (Credit: Summit Entertainment)

Pattinson would later be cast as handsome vampire Edward Cullen in the movie adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. Whilst it has been reported that Pattinson felt uncertain about auditioning, his portrayal of Edward Cullen rocketed him to worldwide fame overnight. Pattinson appeared alongside cast member Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) in the movie.

Robert Pattinson later became a worldwide sensation for his portrayal of Cullen in the 4 Twilight sequels. The Twilight Saga: New Moon would go on to gross over $142m in its opening weekend — a huge $20m more than Pattinson’s Batman.

Fading into the background

Following his success in the Twilight Saga franchise, Pattinson largely faded into the background. He appeared in numerous movies that failed to continue the success he had gained and the momentum eventually ran out.

During the years in which he was not filming sequels to Twilight, Pattinson starred in and executively produced the 2010 romantic-drama Remember Me. Whilst some critics praised his performance, the movie wasn’t a huge hit and did nothing to advance Pattinson’s career.

Over the years following the end of the Twilight franchise, Pattinson appeared in numerous independent movies. Whilst he did gain critical acclaim for many of these, most of the titles failed to make it big and some, we’ve never even heard of.

Robert Pattinson’s return

Robert Pattison in his batman outfit in the 2022 movie The Batman.
Robert Pattinson plays Bruce Wayne in the 2022 The Batman. (Credit: Warner Bros)

After years of smaller and independent movies, Pattinson returned to mainstream movies with his portrayal in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse. Pattinson would later star in Nolan’s Tenet in 2020, marking his return to big-budget movies.

Rumours that Pattinson would appear in Matt Reeves’ 2022 superhero film The Batman began circulating following Ben Affleck’s departure from the hit franchise. Pattinson would later be cast as Bruce Wayne in the titular role which premiered last week, March 4, 2022.

Pattinson has largely been praised for his performance in the movie by critics, but long-time fans of the Batman franchise have criticised his performance.

The future

After his stellar performance in The Batman, it seems that Pattinson has opened up numerous avenues for future endeavours.

Pattinson signed a production deal with production giant WarnerMedia, entitling him to star in upcoming productions from Warner Bros. Pictures, HBO Max, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Television.

Interestingly, Pattinson already has his eyes set on his next prize. In an interview with Vareity, Pattinson remarked that he would love to star in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. Pattinson explained that he love[s] those Apes movies so much… I saw both of the Apes movies in the cinema

The Twilight Saga superstar is not stopping there, however, and revealed ambitions that he would like to star in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune sequel. Villeneuve’s Dune sequel was announced following the success of the first movie, which grossed over $400.5m at the box office against a budget of $165m.

Filming for the sequel begins later this year, so there is definitely time for Pattinson to be cast. It has now been announced that Shiro Games is working on a strategy adaptation of the franchise. For now, though, you can catch more on all things related to TV and Movie on Screen Buff.

Written by Luke Rigby

Luke has been writing television and movie recaps for years. He enjoys writing about CW shows in particular and media released on demand rather than on live TV. He is from the UK, so coverage is iffy.

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