Robert Pattinson has revealed that playing Bruce Wayne, Batman, in The Batman was by far the hardest thing he has ever done. At 35 years old he is actually around the same age as Val Kilmer when he took on the role, and older than Christian Bale. However, he plays a younger Bruce Wayne in only the second year of his crimefighting career on the streets of Gotham.
He will take over from Ben Affleck and is said to play a less controlled, less mature version of the character. The Batman had to shoot during the height of the pandemic, when little was known about COVID-19 and people were panicking a lot more than they are today as details emerge. Pattinson revealed he was grateful for the shoot continuing after a delay as provided him with stability and something to focus on when the world around him was going, as we now know, a little crazy.
In an interview with GQ magazine, he said:
“I just always had this anchor of Batman. Rather than thinking you’re flotsam to the news, you could feel engaged without being paralyzed by it. Everyone I know, if you had a little momentum going in your career or your life, then stopping, you had to have a reckoning with yourself.
Whereas I was so incredibly busy the whole time, doing something that was also super high pressure, by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done…. I was still playing Batman at the end of the day, even though the world might end.”
Pattinson gave details around how the set was closed. This meant that the location, just on the outskirts of London, became a bubble so they could carry on shooting. However, this disconnected him from the outside world at times.
“The nature of the shoot was so kind of insular, always shooting at night, just really dark all the time, and I felt very much alone. Even just being in the suit all the time.
You’re not really allowed out of the studio with the suit on, so I barely knew what was going on at all outside.”
The actor admitted that the role had been physically demanded and said he would look “really dead” after shooting for hours in the dark.
On really intriguing detail Pattinson dropped is that the first shot of the upcoming movie is “so jarring” and has a “totally different pace” from any other Batman movie. He talks about Reeves’s vision, to create a noir detective story, and says that will be evident to everyone when they see the finished movie.
The Batman is released on March 4th.
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