Robert Pattinson's Accidental Batman/Joker Slip Reveals A Lot About DC's Future

Or it may not. But it might!

So we know Robert Pattinson is going to be the new Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming solo flick about the Caped Crusader and he’s going to do damn good job of it. What we don’t know is how this standalone film fits into the bigger DC extended film universe and whether the Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will play a part.

Well we might’ve gotten a glimpse into what DC could be planning for Batman, Joker and beyond thanks to an accidental slip by R Patz.

Chatting to Variety, Rob dropped a mundane comment about Joaquin and Joker, only to quickly correct himself with an “oh s***” before politely asking for his comment to be retracted (which it was).


Now Rob didn’t really say anything scandalous or spoiler-y about Joker or Batman but that didn’t stop fans from speculating about DC’s plans because of his immediate reaction. Since we love a good little rumour mill here at GOAT, we’re going to jump on the bandwagon and throw in our two cents.

R Patz’s response suggests that DC has grand plans related to his Batman and Joaquin’s Joker, and our theory is that the comic book behemoth intend to eventually have those two characters crossover.

While Joker is touted as a standalone film set in 1981, there are teases of a Caped Crusader origin story sprinkled in it as a young Bruce Wayne makes an appearance. With Rob’s solo Batman outing focusing on the character’s early days as a young bat, it seems like the two will eventually meet up again in the future.

There’s… something here.

So how does this theory work when there’s already an existing DC cinematic universe involving Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Suicide Squad, and its own Batman and Joker?

Well Reeves and Todd Phillips have made it abundantly clear that the new Batman film and Joker don’t exist in the aforementioned DC cinematic universe, so there’s plenty of scope for a second universe alongside it where only Rob and Joaquin’s characters exist.

So in short, we could be getting two Batmen and Jokers.

Now Robert Pattinson or anyone involved with these films have yet to make any comments or statements regarding these rumours so don’t read into this theory too much.

But if this all comes to fruition, DC and Warner Bros. would be doing something ambitious and unique enough that even Marvel would be shooting them envious looks.

For now, we’ll just have to wait patiently and see.

Never Mind Robert Pattinson, We May Be Getting A Black Batman

Just do it.

The internet was equal parts outraged and excited when Robert Pattinson was confirmed to be the new Batman. However, that furor pales in comparison to a wild rumour that’s making the comic book rounds: DC may be giving us a Dark Knight who isn’t Bruce Wayne and is black.

Yeah. Amazing, right?

Now take this with a bat cowl full of salt but Bleeding Cool says a number “prominent sources” confirm that DC Comics plan on introducing a black Batman in 2020 leading into 2021.

As for who will be this rumoured new Caped Crusader, Bleeding Cool says it doesn’t know but it definitely won’t be Bruce Wayne or Duke Thomas (since he’s taken up the mantle of Signal recently). While theories have been tossed around, it’s likely DC will opt for a completely new character no one’s ever seen before.

Again, lots of salt should be taken with this rumour.

Should this all come to fruition – and here’s hoping it does – then it would be a massive step forward from DC since every incarnation of the Dark Knight so far has been white. No shade to Robert Pattinson, who will undoubtedly do a great job in Matt Reeves’ live-action Batman film.

It also means that a black Batman will also eventually spill over into the movie side of things, which will be a hell of a milestone for DC. We’ve already seen how well black characters have been integrated into the Marvel universe, not to mention a black/Latino Spider-Man with Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, so it’ll be great when DC finally takes this big leap.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though because DC has yet to comment on these black Batman rumours and who knows if Bleeding Cool‘s sources are solid.

But here’s hoping the comic book behemoth will follow up on the buzz by bringing us a Caped Crusader of colour because not only will that open up a treasure trove of interesting character and storytelling potential, the dream of seeing Michael B. Jordan suited up as the Dark Knight on the big screen at some point in the future just entered the realm of possibility.

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