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Robert Pattinson may be best known for his career-catalyzing turn as Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise; however, it was his work in independent films that grabbed The Batman director’s attention. 

From Maps to the Stars to The Lighthouse and Life, Pattinson cemented a filmic presence outside his uninspired run in Twilight, granting him access to the coveted superhero realm. Well, sort of.

The Batman star Robert Pattinson
‘The Batman’ star Robert Pattinson | David Livingston/Getty Images

Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne in an upcoming standalone installment focusing on the hero’s detective inclinations, over his butt-kicking ways. This is not to say that the movie will lack action; but rather, the film will explore the character’s core in a way that is deeply relevant to the comics, yet often dismissed or relegated to second fiddle on the silver screen.

While Batman may fall into the superhero realm — and many view him as another iconic savior — he isn’t the most superhero-esque of the bunch, given his tendencies towards darkness and brooding. When discussing the character, Pattinson explained that he “is not a hero” in the typical sense of the word; Pattinson said, “he’s a complicated character,” before going on to explain why he could never play a hero. 

Robert Pattinson on ‘The Batman’

Robert Pattison may be taking on a man many deem as the most iconic superhero of all time, yet Pattinson, believing the character to stray from such designations, explained why he could never play such a super. He stated:

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.

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Robert Pattinson seems to believe that one of his eyes is noticeably smaller than the other one; and, as a result, he could never play a hero. Maybe he feels this physical feature hints at a sense of mystery, a sense of pensiveness, a sense of pain often amiss from other heroes. Whatever his logic, it’s definitely one of the more bizarre explanations to come from an actor concerning role selection and avoidance. Pattison went on to explain: 

I love the director, Matt Reeves, and 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.

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We all know that Batman is not the most typical of supers; his motivations sometimes become hazy, and though he sees the world in a very specific and simple way, he is a little bit off.

Whether Wayne’s personality and worldview make Batman more of a super or less of a super is up for debate; however, one thing is for sure, he is the epitome of DC, as Marvel has yet to introduce a character with a personality anywhere near the Bruce Wayne world.