Robert Pattinson breaks silence on playing Batman, says he took tips from Christopher Nolan on how to move in Batsuit
American actor Robert Pattinson, who is trading the vampire fangs for bat wings, is unfazed by people’s reaction to him playing the iconic superhero Batman. Seems like the actor is more than ready to step into the shoes of the superhero and his iconic batsuit.
In a new interview with Variety, Pattinson shared that he had grown up watching the Tim Burton Batman movies and also had his own Batman costume. “When I was a kid, it was the only outfit that I had,” he said.
After news broke that the 33-year-old star would be taking over the role previously played by actors George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, among others, the internet was divided, but the actor told Variety that he wasn’t fazed by the doubters and haters.
“To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting,” he said, adding, “It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you.” The three upcoming Batman films will mark Pattinson’s first big franchise since his success in the Twilight movies.
“Big movies, generally the parts aren’t as interesting at least the stuff that was coming my way,” the actor said of why he waited for so long to do another big franchise after the insanely popular Twilight.
“I guess there was some fear. I think I probably would have been a little bit nervous to have gone straight into it immediately afterwards,” he added. Pattinson also said that the experience of putting on the Batsuit for the first time was “transformative.”
“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’” Pattinson describes what the moment was like: “You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’”
He received the news of his casting when he was on first day of shoot on Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. “I was like, ‘What a coincidence this is happening. It’s absolutely crazy.” He said he took tips from Nolan about the character. “I was talking about things to do with the Batsuit,” Pattinson recalled. “How to get more movements in it.”
The actor also reflected upon becoming the fresh face of the famous franchise. “You’re trying to think of the way to balance, how to bring something new to it and not want to scare people off. And work in the confines of the costume,” the actor said of bringing a fresh face to the famous franchise.
Filmmaker Matt Reeves, who was behind the last two films in the Planet of the Apes franchise, is set to direct the trilogy of Batman films starring Pattinson. Affleck was the last actor to play the caped crusader on the big screen in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League.
The first in the trilogy, The Batman, starring Pattinson is expected to be released in June 2021. Pattinson will be next seen in upcoming movies The King and The Lighthouse.
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