Production on The Batman may be at a standstill due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but Robert Pattinson, the latest actor to take the lead role, is still working on his portrayal of the iconic superhero - including comparing his concept of Batman to those of other actors that have taken the role.
Pattinson, the sixth actor to portray Batman in a modern film, says he's ready to take the challenge of following their footsteps - and he's even ready for the challenge of skeptical fans.
"I think sometimes the downsides - which I’ve definitely thought about - the downsides kind of seem like upsides. 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," Pattinson told GQ. "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?"
"And then there’s Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck’s one. And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered," Pattinson continued. "Like, where is the gap? 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?"
Pattinson went on to specifically address the expecations of playing the part, alluding to the harsh reaction Batman actors have often received from fans when cast in the part.
"And then also, it’s a legacy part, right? I like that. 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. [laughs]"
The Batman is scheduled to debut in theaters October 1, 2021.