Robert Pattinson Has a Thrill-Seeking Reason He’s Excited for ‘The Batman’

Over the past few years, Robert Pattinson fans have realized just how offbeat the actor truly is. He rose to fame, of course, as Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga. But since that franchise ended, Pattinson has taken on much darker projects, such as Good Time and The Lighthouse. So his approach to The Batman was probably always going to surprise fans.

Robert Pattinson on 'Sunday Today with Willie Geist'
Robert Pattinson on ‘Sunday Today with Willie Geist’ | Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Robert Pattinson will take on the iconic lead role in ‘The Batman’

Pattinson’s casting falls in a long line of celebrated actors who have played the DC Comics superhero over the years. Fans still argue over whether Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, or Ben Affleck is the best live-action movie Bruce Wayne/Batman. So Pattinson has a lot to live up to already.

Factor in the fact that he’s best known for the divisive Twilight movies, and a backlash seemed inevitable. But writer-director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) seems to have a new take on Gotham City. And by all accounts, Pattinson is committed to delivering in The Batman.

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But the actor seems excited about rising to the challenge

After all, the actor is not blind to the fact that so many fans are going to scrutinize his performance. In fact, Pattinson seems to thrive off of that pressure, according to what he told Total Film (via GamesRadar).

“There’s a slightly different feeling when you know loads and loads of people are going to watch something you’re working on. I weirdly enjoyed it during Twilight, the idea that you can mess it up. I guess I felt confident. I wanted to be on the big stage.”

To Pattinson’s point, the stakes are far higher with something like Twilight or Batman. Both properties had existing fan bases and benchmarks set by the source material prior to the actor’s involvement. So it stands to reason he might get excited by the challenge ahead.

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‘The Batman’ has faced some production issues so far

At the very least, The Batman won’t present another origin story for the Dark Knight. Rather, the movie seems like it will take a Spider-Man: Homecoming approach, following the hero in his early days. So there’s real potential for it to show a version of Batman audiences have never seen.

The Batman has already run into some production delays. Filming was halted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Then it was temporarily suspended when Pattinson himself tested positive for the virus. However, filming is now reportedly underway ahead of the movie’s Oct. 1, 2021, release.