Robert Pattinson, like so many others in the world, is currently in a coronavirus pandemic lockdown. But he still had an interview to do with GQ on the schedule, and it’s a wild ride.
Production on The Batman shut down on March 14. A little under a month later, on April 10, Pattinson was being interviewed by GQ from his isolation in the apartment Warner Bros. had rented for him. The conversation covers everything from his thoughts on playing Batman to whether or not you should microwave pasta.
Of course, it’s impossible to talk to Pattinson right now and not discuss his role as Batman. GQ asked him, however, why he took the role, especially as he was working with Christopher Nolan at the time on Tenet. How do you fill those shoes? “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 playings of the character. I was watching the making of Batman & Robin the other day,” said Pattinson. “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.”
Pattinson went on to add, “And 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.”
The entire interview is a bit of a wild collection of thoughts, and even includes thoughts on whether or not Warner Bros. will remember to keep sending him food. It’s well worth a read.