Robert Pattinson once feared he would "lose" the role of Batman due to the intense line of Lighthouse promo campaign questioning that erupted once word started to get out ahead of a formal announcement.
Talking matters of Pattman in an interview with Time Out this week, Pattinson—who previously made The Batman-related headlines by accurately noting the title character is not a superhero—got candid about his initial worries surrounding the part.
"I hadn't even done the audition," he recalled. "It's just nerve-wracking because I was really excited about it and you think: really, is this how I'm going to lose this role? It's the most annoying circumstances to lose something."
Elaborating further on the trickiness associated with the pre-announcement grace period, Pattinson continued: "Everyone was like, 'Is that true, is that true?'" he said. "And it wasn't true at the time. I hadn't got the job. It was pretty terrifying."
Pattinson is joined in director Matt Reeves' upcoming movie by Colin Farrell as Penguin, Paul Dano as Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. Production was announced as having kicked off earlier this month ahead of a June 25, 2021 release date.
Among Pattinson's previous commentary on the pressures of taking on such a beloved (and definitely not a superhero) character, Pattinson said there was "no harsher critic" than himself. As it stands now, The Batman is part of the studio's plans for a new trio of movies centered on the character, who was previously portrayed by Ben Affleck.