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

Robert Pattinson is putting on the cape and cowl in 2022’s The Batman, however his very first experience as the hero was with an earlier variation of the renowned outfit. Throughout DC’s 2021 FanDome occasion for the motion picture’s brand-new trailer, director Matt Reeves exposed that Pattinson auditioned in the Val Kilmer Batsuit — and it almost terrified him far from the function.

“When Rob and I first got together we had all these conversations and just by virtue of what it is (it’s Batman), the studio was like, ‘well we always do a screentest.’ [Rob] was wearing, I believe, Val Kilmer’s Batsuit. Which by the way, the moment you put it on was kind of a crazy moment.”

Pattinson discussed that, in between the nerves of dressing as Batman, an individual dream, and the outfit’s two-inch thick rubber, he discovered relocating the match to be practically difficult. 2 takes in the match obviously left Pattinson covered in sweat. Regardless of the difficulties, Reeves stated that when Pattinson took the cowl off and simply had on the heavy shiner makeup, whatever for the character came together.

“If you think of Bruce Wayne as a recluse rock star in a decaying mansion, there’s a part of me that so saw [Pattinson]. And I had no idea you’d be interested in playing the role at all,” Reeves stated. “For me [Pattinson was] always that version of what I saw in the page. And that was about creating a new version of Bruce.”

As it ends up, Pattinson had long been interested by the character and brought a lot of his own concepts on the Bruce Wayne/Batman relationship to the movie.

“The delineation over when he’s Batman and when he’s Bruce, in other versions, he really knows what he’s doing when he puts on the cowl,” stated Pattinson, explaining previous variations of Bruce Wayne. However in his variation of the character, “he’s a bit out of control. He hasn’t really defined what Batman is. He puts it on every night. He isn’t sleeping. He’s becoming this sort of odd creature.”

According to Reeves and Pattinson, this brand-new variation of Batman and Bruce Wayne takes motivation from Frank Millar’s Batman: Year One story, and isn’t precisely an origin for the character, however does inform the story of his early years of criminal offense combating. Pattinson stated that his Bruce is still young filled with anger.

“Right from the beginning there’s a desperation to it. He’s really working lut this rage and all the fights seem very personal,” Pattinson stated in a quick behind-the-scenes video. “He wants to inflict his kind of justice and he’s just compelled to do it. There is no other option.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.