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Fans are eagerly awaiting to see actor Robert Pattinson suit up as The Dark Knight for director Matt Reeves' upcoming comic book caper The Batman. Though many are still quite apprehensive about Pattinson taking on the iconic role, with lots of fans still associating him with The Twilight saga, there are those who have followed the actor's career since and have seen him star in some very excellent, very weird projects. Though, according to Pattinson himself, Twilight can very easily be included on the list of his increasingly weird back catalogue.'Even before Twilight, I was doing weird stuff. And to be honest, I always thought Twilight was pretty weird. It's really just the kind of marketing that made it mainstream. If you look at any interview I did, I would be pushing the chewing through placenta, any element which I could make gross, like I'd push and push and push it to the front. But you know you can't compete with one guy against the whole marketing department going, 'It's a romantic odyssey, it's beautiful.' It's like, 'No, it's disgusting [laughs].''
The act of eating placenta was certainly one of the strange things to take place during the Twilight saga, but it was far from the being the strangest. It really is a contest between the young-adult Jacob imprinting on the child of Edward and Bella, Renesmee, and eventually ending up with the adult version of her even after being in love with her mother. Then there is the fact that Bella ends up falling pregnant to the living dead vampire that is Edward Cullen in the first place.
Oh, as well as the fact that Edward is one hundred years old yet continues to go to high school and then falls in love with a 17-year-old. Add to the fact that the vampires in this universe also sparkle when out in the daylight and it is hard to argue with Pattinson's assertion here. By the sounds of it, had it been up to him, the Twilight movies would have leaned much further into the weirdness.
Since then, Robert Pattinson has chosen much smaller projects by-and-large and has received an incredible critical response to his performances in them. The likes of biographical drama The Lost City of Z to the crime thriller Good Time, as well as the atmospheric sci-fi High Life and psychological horror The Lighthouse, Pattinson has proven himself to be a talent far beyond the confines of Twilight's Edward Cullen.
Robert Pattinson is, of course, all set to take on the role of Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming The Batman. In the movie, Batman will be around 30 years old and neither an experienced superhero nor a beginning crime fighter. The Batman will be set during the second year of Bruce Wayne's vigilante career, and is said to be influenced by film noir as well as concentrating more on the detective side of Batman's skill-set.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin. It stars Jeffrey Wright, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano,...
Dream team Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe, who most recently collaborated on “Tommaso” and “Pasolini,” have done it again with the upcoming Berlinale premiere, “Siberia.” IndieWire shares the stunning first trailer for the film, which is currently seeking U.S. distribution, below. The film premieres at the Berlin Film Festival on February 24.
Throughout, star Dafoe who recently won an Indie Spirit award for his supporting turn in “The Lighthouse” wanders the nightmares and dreamscapes of the mind. “You’ve destroyed my life,” a woman laughingly tells him, launching Dafoe, whose character is called Clint, on a dark night of the soul across haunting set pieces. The film boasts cinematography from Stefano Falivene, who worked on Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” and also shot Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”
Here’s the official synopsis of the film, courtesy of the Berlin Film Festival. In short, we’re firmly in Ferrara country here, a world of broken men swirling among trippy images: “A man flees from one world to another that is strange and cold. Furs and fires keep him warm; a cave serves as his shelter. He is a broken man who wants to be alone. But even isolation does not bring him inner peace. Once again, he goes on a journey, this time into the self. He explores his dreams, confronts memories and seeks out visions. The rare encounters with other people are in languages he does not speak, determined by bodies that fascinate him, and by types of love he explores and then loses. His journey becomes a dance with demons, but time and again it flares up: light. In cinema history there have been many attempts to portray the mythical as something intimate, and the radical as a personal journey. But there is only one artist who is as wildly anarchistic, metaphysically mysterious, and at the same time god-obsessed and fanatical about the truth: Abel Ferrara, joining forces here once again with his acting alter ego, Willem Dafoe. While his previous film ‘Tommaso’ explored the way desire plays out in families, in ‘Siberia’ the male ego abandons all semblance of everyday life in a tumultuous montage. To expose and discover himself.”
Ferrara wrote the screenplay with Christ Zois, who most recently penned Ferrara’s 2014 “Welcome to New York.”