“What a relief,” Robert Pattinson said with a sigh as he appeared on the red carpet with co-star Zoe Kravitz for the premiere of The Batman.
While superhero fans can now enjoy the long-awaited three-hour film, R-Patz endured three tumultuous years of filming to make it happen.
At a London screening at Waterloo’s BFI IMAX cinema on Wednesday, he explained: “For (the director) Matt Reeves, this is five years. I did this for three years. “
Made in the UK, the £100m production has been beset by delays – from original star Ben Affleck into rehab, replacement Robert with a broken wrist, Covid shut down. six months and the “perfectionist” director pushed his cast to the brink.
Trouble started very early. Since the moment Christian Bale completed his duties as the cloaked crusader in 2012, a new standalone Batman movie has been made.
Ben Affleck wore the famous black cape for Batman v Superman and Justice League.
But plans for him to direct and star in a separate Batman movie were shelved when the American actor’s personal life spiraled out of control.
In 2017, he announced his divorce from actress Jennifer Garner and had “completed treatment for alcoholism”.
Sweat a lot
Batman – a reboot of the original DC Comics character, which begins in his second year of fighting crime – is slated to come out next year.
So Robert and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is directed by Matt Reeves, with Zoe, 33, hired to play Catwoman.
The plan is to make the crime fighter more of a detective than a superhero in his eighth major movie debut – but a series of disasters leaves Batman hanging from his hands.
Robert, 35, said: “I broke my wrist at the beginning doing a stunt, before Covid. I remember when that seemed like the worst thing that could happen. ”
How wrong he was. When the global pandemic hit British shores in March 2020, filming had to be shut down for six months.
Robert finds himself holed up alone in a London hotel, cooking pasta in the microwave.
He is supposed to stay in shape during workouts, but he refuses to follow a regimen set by his personal trainer.
In an interview given during the time of the imposed isolation, he complained: “If you work all the time, then you are part of the problem. Nobody did this in the 70s”.
Shortly after being allowed back in front of the camera in September 2020, the show’s star tested positive for the virus.
That left the cast and crew paranoid about catching it.
Zoe stopped going out for fear of contracting the virus and the actors had to wear masks or visors when the cameras stopped rolling.
There are also rumors about a rift between the British actor and the American director Matt.
Crew members told The Sun that Robert was forced to do 50 for just one scene in tight and heavy clothing.
Our source said: “Matt will insist on redoing scenes and getting bogged down in the little details.
“Sometimes it’s like he just doesn’t know when to stop.”
In one scene, Robert sweats so intensely that beads of sweat fall on Zoe while he’s on top of her.
Zoe revealed: “I remember every time I filmed, I would see a very thick bead of sweat going down.
“I just hope that Matt calls ‘cut’ before it gets in my mouth.”
There’s also a disagreement about how Batman’s voice should sound.
In previous versions, it always had a deep tone, so much so that it was parodied in The Lego Movie.
Explaining why he wanted to try something different, Robert said:
“Everybody does these rough, rocky things, and I say, ‘I’ll do the opposite. I’ll go really whisper’. “
But after two weeks, he was overrated.
“They told me to stop doing it,” said Robert.
During 18 months of filming in Liverpool, London and Glasgow, the actor said he felt “alone” – and in between shots, he was in a tent composing his own music.
“You’re really not allowed out of the studio with a suit on, so I barely know what’s going on outside,” he said.
At the end of the process, Robert no longer recognized himself.
He explained, “When I looked at the photos of myself during the makeup check on the last day, I didn’t even look human.”
The lead actor isn’t the only actor on the film to experience dark emotions.
Paul Dano, who plays supervillain the Riddlerwrapped in cling film that gets him into trouble at night as he relives the claustrophobic experience.
The 37-year-old man revealed: “My head hurts from the heat.
“I went home after the first full day of that day, and I could barely sleep because I was terrified of what was happening to my head.”
Zoe is also not a fan of wearing Catwoman clothes. “The clothes are too tight and too restrictive,” she said. After the first day, I felt completely confident and then they put the suit on me and I think I started crying. ”
Batman’s romantic leads gave the impression that they enjoyed getting up close.
Robert, who has known Zoe for over a decade, shows a real tenderness towards his co-star.
He draped his camel coat over her shaky shoulders during a photo shoot, and director Matt said the pair “really connected”.
‘Punch the mirror’
Blades wavered when Zoe filed for divorce from actor husband Karl Glusman in December 2020, during the filming of The Batman.
The truth, however, is that Lenny Kravitz’s daughter has a crush on Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum – and Robert has become attached to British model Suki Waterhouse.
Batman, the longest-running crusader movie ever, features unrecognizable features. Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright of Casino Royale as Commissioner Gordon, and Andy Serkis of Planet Of The Apes as Alfred, the butler of self-altering millionaire superhero Bruce Wayne.
Robert said of Wayne: “He’s not a player in it – he’s much more tormented.”
In the film, Batman is trying to solve the Riddler’s clues and realizes that Catwoman has a common interest in unmasking the villain.
The studio bosses plan to have a trilogy, like the previous Christopher Nolan series in which Bale starred.
But with so many glitches turned on and off, a sequel doesn’t seem certain.
Rob should want to come back because he wanted to be a comic book character since he was a kid. “I dressed up as Batman all my childhood,” he said. I’m curious what my childhood would think about this. “
And he admits that putting on his hero’s heavy suit makes him feel like a stiff person.
“You want to start punching the mirror you’re looking at,” he said. You feel a hundred times harder.”
But given the challenge of making this epic film, he may decide to join George Clooney and Val Kilmer in the ranks of actors who have only made it out of the Batcave once.
Confusing for fans, Ben Affleck will return in the undercover movie later this year in The Flash, alongside the original Batman movie Michael Keaton – who plays the same character but comes from another dimension.
While making The Batman, Robert admitted he was the type of person who was “looking for an exit strategy before you start” something.
And he said of the movie: “It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life.” With two other actors already playing Batman, could Robert give up the role?
It’s a mystery that even Batman has struggled to solve.
- The Batman hits theaters on March 4.
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