Zach Baron, GQ interviewer, questioned Pattinson on the list of why to take on the mantle of the Bat and why one would not….especially after coming off a project with Christopher Nolan who was iconic in the past Batman movies.
I think sometimes the downsides—which I’ve definitely thought about—the downsides kind of seem like upsides. I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive versions of the character. I was watching the making of Batman & Robin the other day. And even then, George Clooney was saying that he was worried about the fact that it’s sort of been done, that a lot of the ground you should cover with the character has been already covered. And that’s in ’96, ’97?
Pattinson goes on:
Then there’s Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck’s one. And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening? And also, do I have anything inside me which would work if I could do it? And then also, it’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened. You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energizes you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… it makes you a little kind of spicy.
Magazines like GQ and Rolling Stone always provide some very eye-opening interviews of iconic social figures, and this one delivers as well. However, some responses seem to reflect that the isolation of Pandemic may be contributing to our newest Batman taking on a more “Joker” feel.
Joaquin Phoenix hit his portrayal of the Joker out of the park (rivalled or possibly eclipsed by Heath Ledger). Perhaps this new isolation will give us a true “Bruce Wayne”.
In the mean time, I hope Pattinson hits the exercise route a bit more. I cannot imagine a sleeker Batman, then again, it’s a new world.
Read the whole interview in the latest GQ.
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