Robert Pattinson on 'Batman' Skepticism: 'There is No Harsher Critic of Myself Than Myself'

He also joked about having a back-up plan if 'Batman' doesn't work out.

Robert Pattinson attends the Go Campaign's 13th Annual Go Gala.

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Robert Pattinson attends the Go Campaign's 13th Annual Go Gala.

From the moment it was confirmed that Robert Pattinson would be next in line to play the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed film The Batman, many people have had their doubts while some have gone as far as to start a petition to have him removed. Pattinson has heard it all, but he admits in a recent interview with The Guardian that no one could be harder on him for taking on a role as iconic as Batman than himself. 

"I'm already remembering what it's like to talk about a movie where there's an expectation," Pattinson said, referencing his previous experiences working on blockbuster franchise films, like Harry Potter and Twilight. "Whenever you say anything, people are like, 'Argh! You idiot!' Like, dude, I haven't even started yet! But there is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don’t need to worry about anyone else."

Even though Reeves had Pattinson in mind early on as a viable option to portray Batman, it also came to whether the 33-year-old actor would even want to try out for the part. "I felt a connection to it, I don’t know why. I just really wanted it," Pattinson explained. "[The role has a] power, which is why everyone is attracted to it. It’s an unidentifiable thing."

If The Batman fails to connect with audiences, Pattinson jokingly said he has an exit strategy all mapped out. "Porn," he said. "But arthouse porn." Before heading to "arthouse porn," he will star in Christopher Nolan's next big budget feature Tenet next year.

The Batman is expected to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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