Kristen Stewart wants to play a ‘freaky, scary’ villain opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman

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October 21, 2021 11:15 a.m. EST
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We have good news and bad news. The bad news is Kristen Stewart is officially quashing the fan campaign to get her to play The Joker opposite her ex-boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson in The Batman. But the good news is she both appreciates it AND isn't saying "no" to being in a Batman movie with RPatz.

The 31-year-old actor appeared on Variety’s Award Circuit podcast this week while promoting the November 5 theatrical release of Spencer. There, she addressed the ongoing social media petitions to get her to transform into the Clown Prince of Crime.

“I love the energy behind that,” she responded when asked if she would ever consider the part. “It’s really been done so well. I feel like, maybe, we don’t traipse over, but I love that gusto. Let’s figure something else out. I’m totally down to play a freaky, scary person.”

When asked whether that was a solid nay, Stewart replied, “Not ‘no’ but not the most stoked I’ve ever been. Let’s do something new.”

The polite pass on The Joker has to be disappointing to the fans out there who have been trying to make this happen ever since Pattinson was first announced as the latest Dark Knight. Sure, other names like Rami Malek, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton have been thrown out there, but K-Stew seems to be the one that keeps popping up. 

Some fans have been totally against the idea too, arguing that Pattinson and Stewart had a messy breakup and people should leave them alone already. Others feel that Stewart deserves to put her own stamp on a whole new role rather than regurgitate one already made famous by so many others.

Many notable actors have played The Joker over the years, from Jack Nicholson, to Jared Leto, to Oscar-winners Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix. You can’t blame an actor for wanting to do something new, right?

In the meantime, Stewart is incredibly busy with upcoming roles. In addition to her performance as Princess Diana in Spencer, which is already earning her Oscar buzz following the film festival circuit, she also just wrapped filming on David Cronenberg’s horror sci-fi take, Crimes of the Future.

The film, which co-stars Scott Speedman, Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen, takes place in the not-so-distant future in which humankind is trying to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. As a result, they move beyond their natural biological makeup.

As for Pattinson, it’s unclear how many Batman movies he will actually make. His debut in The Batman is scheduled to hit theatres in March next year after several COVID-related delays. The actor is joined by Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Colin Farrell as Penguin. Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard and Barry Keoghan also star.

The film, which is directed by Matt Reeves, is an origins story revolving around the young Caped Crusader and is said to be the most emotional take on the character yet. “[Batman is] supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been,” Reeves told The Hollywood Reporter back in January 2019.

“I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.” 

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