Robert Pattinson will suit up as the Caped Crusader for the first time in The Batman, which is slated for a 2021 release, and another big name in Hollywood has full confidence in his ability to portray the iconic superhero.
The casting decision led to mixed reactions from the DC Universe, but Maggie Gyllenhaal - who portrayed Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight - believes that Pattinson will do "great" as Ben Affleck's successor.
"I really like him," Gyllenhaal said to Variety, via Jamie Lovett of ComicBook.com."I think he’s a really really good actor. I really do. I think he’s a super compelling actor. I think… I don’t know, I think that’s going to be great."
Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes as Rachel in The Dark Knight. The character was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, as well as the girlfriend of Harvey Dent.
She received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA for best actress, which was awarded to Angelina Jolie for her performance in Changeling.
Christian Bale - who performed Batman for three films in the Christopher Nolan trilogy - also came to the defense of Pattinson last week. Bale advised the Twilight star to ignore "the naysayers," and that Pattinson is "a fascinating actor...a great choice."
Four years after the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Affleck's first role as Batman hit the screens in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He reprised the role in Justice League, but both films were met with strongly negative reviews. Affleck stepped down from The Batman as the director, and Pattinson was confirmed as his replacement in May.
Jonah Hill has been rumored to portray the villain for The Batman, with Penguin and Riddler being listed as main possibilities. Jeffrey Wright has also been tied to the role of Commissioner Gordon, though it hasn't been confirmed.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are under pressure to hit a home run with this movie, because the last two didn't come close to reaching the overall excellence and entertainment value of the Nolan trilogy. Bringing two major stars like Hill and Wright aboard in prominent roles would certainly go a long way.