We all know Robert Pattinson for one of the two films that gave him his superstardom: Harry Potter, where he played the role of Cedric Diggory and Twilight where he did justice to the teen-loved Edward Cullen.
It seems like Pattinson is made for fiction films, which is why it made sense when he was announced as the next Batman in DC comic series. But not everyone was pleased by the producers’ decision to hire Pattinson, especially the die-hard fans of the superhero franchise who even went as far as to send the actor death threats.
The Twilight heartthrob succeeded Ben Afflick as the sixth actor to take on the role of Bruce Wayne in the upcoming live-action film set for release in 2021. Afflick had received similar backlash from his portrayal of the superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and many fans even rejoiced when he was cut loose following a very public addiction scandal.
Now, it’s Pattinson’s turn to face the music, but the 34-year-old is confident that he will do justice to the role of the Caped Crusader. Growing up, Pattinson was a huge fan of superhero films, with Batman among his top favorites. So we can imagine how excited he must have been to become a part of the franchise, but the story of how he learned about his role reveals some interesting facts that fans would not want to miss.
While talking about the upcoming project during an interview with Total Film, the actor recalled the day when he received the good news. It happened on his very first day of shooting on the set of Tenet, a Christopher Nolan film that is set to release soon.
Pattinson was having a very tough week after doing numerous screen tests for Nolan which required him to be on the set even on weekends. The shooting schedule ahead also looked intense and Pattinson was beginning to question himself. But that moment of self-doubted melted away when he received a very interesting phone call. He had been chosen to play Batman in Matt Reeve’s 2021 live-action film.
But Pattinson’s joy was short-lived after production came to halt due to the ongoing pandemic. The film was expected to release on June 25 next year, but this date has now been pushed forward to October 1 due to the production delays. The crew has managed to filmed one-fourth of the film so far, according to a statement by Reeves.
Meanwhile, Tenet is set to hit the screens next month, with a star-studded cast including John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patela, Dimple Kapadia and Denzil Smith.