Robert Pattinson is the new Batman. However, the 33-year old actor has two other big films premiering ahead of his career-defining superhero role with Matt Reeves at the helm, such as A24’s The Lighthouse and director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.
In an interview with Variety, the actor discusses all the rehearsals that went into producing The Lighthouse alongside co-star Willem Dafoe, as well as how he found out he’d gotten the role of Batman. “I’d had Batman in my mind for a while. It’s such an absurd thing to say,” Pattison said. “I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him. And then I had to kind of try to imagine what he’d written, and I hadn’t even read the script. I’d come with this pad full of notes.”
The Lighthouse premiered last May in Cannes to standing ovations. However, Pattison soon after flew back to Los Angeles to try on the Batsuit for Warner Bros. executives. “It’s maybe the craziest thing I’ve ever done in terms of movie stuff,” Pattinson says. “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 explains the moment, stating “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.’”
When he finally heard he’d gotten the role, he learned it on Twitter during his first day on the set of Tenet. According to the actor, he immediately asked Nolan for advice on how to change the Batsuit.
Watch the interview above, then check out the news that DC Comics may be creating a black Batman.
— Variety (@Variety) September 4, 2019