Robert Pattinson took the backlash over his casting in stride


Date & time Mar 5 '22
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Not everyone was sold on Robert Pattinson's casting as Bruce Wayne for Matt Reeves' The Batman when the news was first announced, but the actor didn't let it bother him. This week, following a lengthy production process and many release date delays, The Batman finally premieres in movie theaters. The film introduces Pattinson as the newest actor to portray the Dark Knight on the big screen, and according to the early reviews, he does a pretty good job in the role.

At the start of the production process, however, there were some complaints online about Pattinson's Batman casting. Many filmgoers continued to closely associate him with the Twilight movie series, which did not exactly showcase the range Pattinson is capable of as an actor. He assuaged many of those fears by the time the first sneak peek teaser was released, and even in the trailers, Pattinson seems to have gotten the bulk of those critics to come around enough to give him a chance.

Pattinson touched on the backlash over his casting in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times. He explains that he was actually expecting the criticism to be much worse than it was, finding himself pleasantly surprised that the news had garnered some support, even if it still seemed like the majority of people were against it for a while. As Pattinson explains:

“I was actually mocked less than I usually am. I was quite shocked. ‘Only 70% negative? A-plus!’”

The former Twilight star admits that even he had never really envisioned himself in a superhero role. Still, there was something about the concept of playing Batman in a film by Reeves, a filmmaker he really admired. As a performer, Pattinson was also intrigued by the challenges that came with playing such an iconic character like Batman, along with the added pressure that came with it.

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