Robert Pattinson opens up about the “strange” and “special” feelings of donning The Batman costume for Matt Reeves’ long-awaited DC project.
Robert Pattinson opens up about the “strange” and “special” feelings of donning The Batman costume for Matt Reeves’ long-awaited DC project. The film is set in the early days of the titular hero’s crime-fighting career as he seeks to uncover corruption in the various corners of Gotham City while also hunting down a serial killer going by the name of the Riddler. Pattinson leads the all-star cast that also includes Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.
Development on The Batman first got underway in 2014 with Ben Affleck set to direct, produce, co-write and star following his debut in the DC Extended Universe’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film project would languish in development hell as Affleck stepped down as writer and director in 2017 and later retired from the role in 2019 due to personal health problems, with Reeves — who had signed on in 2017 following Affleck’s step down — choosing to focus on a younger Batman and eliminate all DCEU connections. Pattinson was officially cast in early 2019 and production got underway at the start of 2020, though saw multiple delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, wrapping principal photography in March 2021 with reshoots currently underway.
While attending the opening event for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Pattinson spoke with AND Canada about his work in The Batman. Expressing his continued disbelief at landing the role in the first place, the actor opened up about his feelings of donning the titular hero’s suit and the occasional struggles it brought in filming. See what Pattinson said below:
“It’s a strange feeling, I had moments when I was shooting when you just caught a glimpse of yourself in a reflection and be like, ‘Am I actually doing this, this is crazy.’ It’s a combination of the suit does a lot of the work for you, but then when you need to do some work you have to really fight it [laughs]. But it’s a very special feeling to put it on though.”
Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s hero is one of the most iconic across all comic books and one many have a fondness for dressing up as, be it Halloween, a comic book convention or for fun. The announcement of Pattinson’s casting as Batman has proven to be just as surprising to fans as to the star himself while the revelation of the suit designed for the film has received a range of responses, some praising its unique and slick appearance while others have expressed doubts regarding its slimmer nature compared to the bulkier suits of Affleck and Christian Bale’s portrayals. Those who have grown up loving the character would certainly share Pattinson’s feeling of “crazy” disbelief at getting to don the suit for the big screen.
Unlike the Twilight franchise, it comes as a nice change of pace to see Pattinson talk so brightly about his time on The Batman. The actor is well-known for expressing his distaste for the teen vampire series even during press for the films, let alone after its conclusion and his avoidance of high-profile roles because of it, making his excitement about the DC film sure to continue building fans’ anticipation for its arrival. The wait is nearly over as The Batman is set to hit theaters on March 4, 2022.
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Source: ET Canada
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