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Robert Pattinson Was Afraid He’d Lose Out on Batman Role When Word Leaked Out

September 3, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Robert Pattinson says that when news he was going to play Batman leaked out, he was worried the leak would cost him the role. Pattinson spoke with Variety for a feature on his latest film, The Lighthouse, and weighed in on a few aspects of his playing the iconic superhero role in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film. Some highlights are below:

On his reaction when the news broke he was in talks for Batman: “When that thing leaked, I was f**king furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing. It was terrifying. I was like, ‘Oh f**k! Does that screw me because they are so intent on secrecy?’”

On not pursuing big-budget films after Twilight: “Big movies, generally the parts aren’t as interesting — at least the stuff that was coming my way. I guess there was some fear … I think I probably would have been a little bit nervous to have gone straight into [Batman] immediately afterwards [Twilight].”

On the reaction online to his being cast in the role: “To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting … It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you.”

On trying on the Batsuit for the final part of his audition: “It’s maybe the craziest thing I’ve ever done in terms of movie stuff. I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit’ … You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’ You’re trying to think of the way to balance, how to bring something new to it and not want to scare people off. And work in the confines of the costume.”