Robert Pattinson on His Version of Batman: 'The Puzzle of It Becomes Quite Satisfying'
It was recently announced that author Stephenie Meyer is publishing a new Twilight book. We'd quite like to hear Twilight star Robert Pattinson's thoughts on that, but in the meantime... he seems more keen to talk about his forthcoming project, 2021's The Batman.
Pattinson is currently in quarantine in London, while waiting for production on the superhero movie to resume. He had a catch-up with GQ magazine via FaceTime. He's set to be the sixth actor to play the iconic DC Comics character on-screen. Which, he is fully aware of, as expressed in the recent interview.
It can be difficult to take on a role when it's been seen multiple times before. He addresses that, saying, "I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character."
It's not just Pattinson. He talks about researching the role and what he came across: "I was watching the making of Batman & Robin the other day. And even then, George Clooney was saying that he was worried about the fact that it’s sort of been done, that a lot of the ground you should cover with the character has been already covered. And that’s in ’96, ’97?"
It appears he's found his "gap," a sort of window where he fits in, with him explaining, "You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: 'Where’s my opening?' And also, 'Do I have anything inside me which would work if I could do it?' And then also, 'It’s a legacy part, right?' I like that."
While a new actor coming into a long-running franchise can be polarizing to some, Pattinson points out that there's already an established fanbase and people are looking forward to The Batman: "There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened. You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energizes you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know…. it makes you a little kind of spicy."
"Spicy" is a fun sentiment to end on.
In case you missed it, here's peek at Pattinson suited up:
We like that he's thinking this through and look forward to seeing the outcome.
Are you cheering for Robert Pattinson as the next Batman?