Robert Pattinson examined for Batman in Val Kilmer’s Batsuit and hated it



Robert Pattinson is donning the cape and cowl in 2022’s The Batman, however his first expertise because the hero was with an earlier model of the long-lasting costume. Throughout DC’s 2021 FanDome occasion for the film’s new trailer, director Matt Reeves revealed that Pattinson auditioned within the Val Kilmer Batsuit — and it almost scared him away from the position.
“When Rob and I first obtained collectively we had all these conversations and simply by advantage of what it’s (it’s Batman), the studio was like, ‘nicely we all the time do a screentest.’ [Rob] was carrying, I consider, Val Kilmer’s Batsuit. Which by the way in which, the second you place it on was sort of a loopy second.”
Pattinson defined that, between the nerves of suiting up as Batman, a private dream, and the costume’s two-inch thick rubber, he discovered shifting within the go well with to be virtually not possible. Two takes within the go well with apparently left Pattinson coated in sweat. Regardless of the challenges, Reeves mentioned that when Pattinson took the cowl off and simply had on the heavy black eye make-up, every thing for the character got here collectively.

“For those who consider Bruce Wayne as a recluse rock star in a decaying mansion, there’s part of me that so noticed [Pattinson]. And I had no thought you’d be fascinated with taking part in the position in any respect,” Reeves mentioned. “For me [Pattinson was] all the time that model of what I noticed within the web page. And that was about creating a brand new model of Bruce.”
Because it seems, Pattinson had lengthy been fascinated by the character and introduced lots of his personal concepts on the Bruce Wayne/Batman relationship to the movie.
“The delineation over when he’s Batman and when he’s Bruce, in different variations, he actually is aware of what he’s doing when he places on the cowl,” mentioned Pattinson, describing earlier variations of Bruce Wayne. However in his model of the character, “he’s a bit uncontrolled. He hasn’t actually outlined what Batman is. He places it on each night time. He isn’t sleeping. He’s turning into this type of odd creature.”
In response to Reeves and Pattinson, this new model of Batman and Bruce Wayne takes inspiration from Frank Millar’s Batman: Yr One story, and isn’t precisely an origin for the character, however does inform the story of his early years of crime preventing. Pattinson mentioned that his Bruce continues to be younger filled with anger.
“Proper from the start there’s a desperation to it. He’s actually working lut this rage and all of the fights appear very private,” Pattinson mentioned in a quick behind-the-scenes video. “He desires to inflict his sort of justice and he’s simply compelled to do it. There isn’t any different possibility.”