Robert Pattinson on Acting for 'The Batman': "the hardest thing I’ve ever done"

Robert Pattinson

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Actor Robert Pattinson attends the 'On The Road' premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2012 in Cannes, France (Editorial credit: Andrea Raffin /

Robert Pattinson is going to be making his DC Entertainment debut on the big screen for Matt Reeves The Batman

In a recent GQ feature, Pattinson dives into how he felt the role differed from his previous projects, even calling it the most difficult acting job he has ever done. Filmed during the Pandemic, Pattinson acknowledged the role demanded a lot of his time and attention. When discussing playing Batman, Pattinson said it was “by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Pattinson also revealed the challenges he faced in regards to giving his version of Batman a different background and experience than those established by previous actors. He looked towards expressing both Batman and Bruce Wayne's identities, delving into the different experiences of the characters. The actor speaks about the film, which features Zoe Kravitz and Paul Drano alongside Pattinson, giving fans what they can expect: “I watched a rough cut of the movie by myself. And the first shot is so jarring from any other Batman movie that it’s just kind of a totally different pace. It was what Matt was saying from the first meeting I had with him: ‘I want to do a ’70s noir detective story, like The Conversation.’ And I kind of assumed that meant the mood board or something, the look of it. But from the first shot, it’s, ‘Oh, this actually is a detective story.’”

The actor continues Reeves vision for the new Batman differed from his previous acting jobs, “Normally, when you see Batman he arrives and beats people up. But he’s having conversations, and there are emotional scenes between them, which I don’t think have been in any of the other movies.” Pattinson confirms that “it’s a sad movie,” and fans should expect a more emotional depiction of Batman.

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