In The Batman, Robert Pattinson is vengeance and the Bat’s bloodlust is only tempered by the Dark Knight’s no-kill code. This reclusive and grungy Bruce Wayne “practically lives in the gutter,” claims Pattinson in the latest issue of French Magazine Premiere, in his second year of haunting the crime-infested streets of Gotham City as a dark creature of the night.
The actor says his caped crusader, an angry vigilante is aiming to brutalise the criminal part of the city that killed his parents, takes joy in punishment: releasing his fury on the criminal element of Gotham.
“There is this rule with Batman: he must not kill. It can be interpreted in two ways. Either he only wants to inflict the appropriate punishment, or he wants to kill and his self-control prevents him from doing so,” Pattinson told Premiere Magazine. “I imagined it that way from the rehearsal of the first fight, I thought it was funnier: something in him just wanted to slit the guy’s throat! I told myself that if he spends his nights chasing criminals, it is impossible that he does not take pleasure in it. He suffers and it is a desire that overwhelms him.”
Pattinson added that his mind clears and he reaches a stage of plenitude by dint of knocking. He further said that he is certain that the caped crusader sees the killer of his mother in every guy. This allows him to vent his rage, explains the actor.
Robert was “always that version of what I saw in the page…”
According to Pattinson, this Batman “practically lives in the gutter” in filmmaker Matt Reeves’ reimagining. “He’s nowhere at home except on the street when he’s wearing the suit. He lives a criminal life, but without committing crimes! I felt like I could get something out of that. Anyway, I could only play a superhero if he was really dirty!”
Batman’s mission sees him cross paths with rogues including Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Carmine Falcone, with the enigmatic Riddler (Paul Dano) out to reveal the truth about the corruption of the rotten Gotham City (John Turturro).
The Batman, according to first-time DC filmmaker Reeves, is a noir detective storey that would “refer to [Bruce’s] origins and shake him to his core”. Reeves claimed he cast Pattinson in the part because the actor was “always that version of what I saw in the page, and that was about trying to create a new version of Bruce,” in a behind-the-scenes documentary going under the hood of his shadowy-eyed superhero.
Robert explained at DC Fandome 2021 that this Batman does not have control over his personality, like the delineation between when he’s Batman and when he’s Bruce isn’t clear. He added, “And I kind of really like this idea of it’s a little bit out of control. He hasn’t completely defined what Batman is. I mean, he gets lost in it whenever he’s putting on [Batman] every night. He’s not sleeping and he’s becoming this quite sort of odd creature.”
On March 4, The Batman will be released exclusively in movie theatres.