There was a lot of discussion when Robert Pattinson was announced as the face of Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves' upcoming film The Batman. Some fans approved of the choice while others expressed their concern that the actor simply could not embody the qualities that make Bruce Wayne stand out as the Dark Knight. These are the same general concerns that past actors have faced early on in their careers playing Batman.
Right now, it seems that the divide between fans -- at least, in part -- might be based on age, as suggested by a new poll headed by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult. The survey involved questions centered on casting with regards to the various live-action adaptations of Batman and related characters, gathering data from 2201 adults and in the end.
The Hollywood Reporter concluded that 42% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 approved of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne and 30% favored the other major actor considered for the role: Nicholas Hoult, who seems to appeal slightly more to adults between the ages of 45 and 64.
The survey was conducted between June 6 and 9, when the announcement of Pattinson's casting was fresh in everyone's mind. If these statistics were to be applied across the entire potential audience for The Batman, it's clear that, while the actor might be seeing a lot of criticism already on the internet, there's a large portion who are already excited to see the actor don the cape of the detective.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. The film is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)