The Batman recently arrived on HBO Max after having a very successful run in theaters. And new details are coming out about what the film was like to make for the cast. Key among them being Robert Pattinson, who had a very unique take on why the ending of the movie was so special:
“At the beginning of the story, he doesn’t think that the city is capable of healing itself, and it’s just on a downward spiral and he’s just fighting a hopeless battle, which will end in defeat,” Pattinson says in The Art of The Batman book.” | just always liked the idea at the end of him allowing himself to hope a little bit. It’s probably the most painful thing that he has to do. It’s much more painful than anything he’s had to experience, because if you’ve closed yourself down to feeling anything, and all you wanna do is just go out and fight, if he allows himself to think that there is a possibility of Positive change then you can get hurt again. Then you can feel the disappointment and failure of that as well, which I think he’s trying to hide from as well.”
He went on to note how Batman was inspired by its citizens:
“One of the first ideas I had about it was . . . I think a lot of the endings of Batman stories is that it ends with Batman believing that he’s given hope to the city, and he thinks the symbol of Batman and what he’s done throughout the story will hopefully inspire the city to have a more hopeful outlook, and create a brighter future,” Pattinson adds. “In this, I always imagined that he’s so committed to darkness and nihilism that it’s actually the city which opens up himself for a bit of hope.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this continues to play should The Batman get a sequel.