Robert Pattinson is ready to take over the mantle of Batman from Ben Affleck with his approaching release, The Batman. The actor’s casting in the iconic role wasn’t without controversy with several fans sceptic if the actor was the exact fit for the role.
Robert didn’t make things simpler for himself when he joked about not training for the role in an interview in 2020. His joke was misunderstood by several fans as the actor not taking the part seriously enough.
In a recent conversation with Movie Maker, Robert dealt with that comment and its aftermath. “That really came back to haunt me. I just always think it’s really embarrassing to talk about how you’re working out,” he says, chuckling about it now. “I think it’s like an English thing. Unless you are in the most unbelievable shape, where people are just genuinely curious, going, ‘How have you achieved, like, physical perfection?’ or whatever.”
In fact, he added, “You’re playing Batman. You have to work out,” he added. It’s not the first time one of Robert’s sarcastic comments has been taken seriously to his detriment. In an interview earlier on his career, he had joked he didn’t wash his hair, and many assumed he was serious. “It just sticks for 15 years.”
Talking to GQ in May 2020, Robert was inquired about his workout routine to be ready for the physically-demanding part of Batman. The actor had said, “I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem. You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean–he wasn’t exactly ripped.” Given that the actors who played Batman before him–like Ben Affleck and Christian Bale–went through enormous extents to build great bodies for the role, this did not go down well with the fans.
The Matt Reeves directorial has been postponed numerous times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is ultimately set to release on March 2nd. Apart from Robert in the title role, it also features Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, and Andy Serkis