Robert Pattinson Took Inspiration From Robert Downey Jr. and Other Actors for ‘The Batman’

Robert Pattinson is set to star in The Batman, an upcoming superhero film expected to release in October 2021. To prepare for playing Batman, Pattinson has been studying past superhero actors including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth.

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Robert Pattinson will star in ‘The Batman’

Pattinson is no stranger to franchises as he appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and starred in the Twilight franchise. The actor has also showcased his talent in Good Time, High Life, and The Lighthouse. Before The Batman, Pattinson will appear in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

Ben Affleck was originally supposed to play Bruce Wayne in The Batman, but he stepped down from the role. Pattinson was cast in Affleck’s place, and while he mainly stayed away from popular franchises since Twilight, the actor was drawn to the character.

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“Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero — there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one,” Pattinson told The New York Times. “… it’s a dope character. His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character.”

Robert Pattinson studied Robert Downey Jr. and other actors

To prepare for The Batman, Pattinson told For Men Healthy that he studied other actors who played superheroes, including Marvel actors Downey Jr. Evans, and Hemsworth.

“In every project I’ve ever taken on, I’ve come into it wanting to learn and achieve new things. That’s usually in the embodiment of a character, and someone who has a different personality to me; but taking on a full physical transformation as well feels even more exciting. Any actor will go through periods where they’ll hesitate and question whether they can live up to a character in a script, or the expectations that go with it…,” Pattinson said.

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He continued, “You look at the true warriors of the superhero genre — Hemsworth, The Rock, Downey Jr, Evans — and wonder if you’re putting yourself in the wrong place. And yet, having spoken to a few, I know everyone is nervous when the opportunity comes about.”

The actor is not working out for the role

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, production for The Batman is indefinitely on hold. In an interview with GQ, Pattinson admitted he had not been working out for the role.

“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem. You set a precedent,” Pattinson said of other actors. “No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped… Literally, I’m just barely doing anything.”

While he is not currently working to get in shape for the role, Pattinson did tell the publication he is on a meal plan.

“I’m essentially on a meal plan for Batman,” he said. “Thank God. I don’t know what I’d be doing other than that. But I mean, yeah, other than—I can survive. I’ll have oatmeal with, like, vanilla protein powder on it. And I will barely even mix it up. It’s extraordinarily easy. Like, I eat out of cans and stuff. I’ll literally put Tabasco inside a tuna can and just eat it out of the can.”