Robert Pattinson thought he was terrible when first filming The Batman. The Harry Potter and Twilight star makes his DC debut as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming film written and directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), who felt compelled to cast Pattinson after watching his performance in the Safdie Brothers film Good Time. The Batman also stars Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as the villain Edward Nashton/Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin.
Originally conceived as the first DCEU solo outing for Ben Affleck’s Batman, which he would also write and direct, the actor eventually exited the project for various reasons. Reeves was brought on to fill the void and, taking inspiration from the Year One comics storyline, reworked the story to focus on a younger iteration of the titular crimefighter and emphasize Batman’s skills as a detective. Dano’s Riddler, a serial killer who targets Gotham’s elite, has been a heavy focus of the promotional campaign and will serve as the film’s primary villain, while Penguin takes a backseat, though he will be the focus of a spinoff on HBO Max at a later date.
In an interview with MovieMaker Magazine, Pattinson discussed his worries related to taking on the role of Batman, admitting he thought he would be “absolutely terrible” in the role, especially in handling the subtle nuances of the performance. When Reeves showed the actor playback of his scenes, Pattinson realized that moving his head slightly in one direction can cause light to reflect off his mask and ruin a scene. Read what Pattinson had to say below:
Your first thought is, Oh my God, I’m absolutely terrible. There’s a whole different language, body language, you have to learn to make it do what you want it to do. If you look too much into the light, it looks completely ridiculous, and you’re wearing a Halloween costume. But if you’re like two millimeters down, it’s like — oh, that’s completely totemic, and like it looks exactly how it’s supposed to look. But to learn how to feel that and learn how to react to how the light hits it, takes forever.
Although his comment was clearly meant to be self-deprecating, Pattinson wasn’t alone in thinking he would be terrible in the role, as there was significant casting backlash at the time he was announced. However, there is always a collective outrage whenever DC decides to debut a new Dark Knight, as every actor from Michael Keaton to Ben Affleck were not well-received at first and then grew on audiences, so Pattinson shouldn’t feel unique in that regard.
It’s understandable that some fans couldn’t see Twilight‘s brooding vampire beau as the hard-nosed crimefighter, though based on trailers and other footage, Pattinson has seemed to make the transition seamlessly. His co-star Kravitz has praised the highly-anticipated Batman performance as “out of this world.” The Batman could end up as the darkest iteration of the character to date that pushes the limits of what’s possible in a PG-13 superhero film thanks to what looks to be a stellar turn by Pattinson in the role.
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Source: MovieMaker Magazine
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