Director Christopher Nolan reveals that Robert Pattinson didn’t get any advice on playing Batman from him while they were shooting Tenet.
Director Christopher Nolan reveals that Robert Pattinson didn’t get any advice on playing The Batman from him while they were shooting Nolan’s latest blockbuster Tenet. Pattinson, who shot to fame in his early 20s while playing the sparkly vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, has spent the better part of the past decade trying to distance himself from those movies. He starred in a succession of independent films from The Rover to Good Times by the Safdie Brothers and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse in an effort to prove his acting range.
Pattinson was hailed for his work in those movies, and took his place as one of his generation’s great young actors. Now that’s he managed to shake the impression that he was just a teen idol, Pattinson has thrown himself back into the world of blockbusters, taking on the pivotal role of Neil in Tenet, as well as being relaunched into mainstream stardom after getting cast in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman. Nolan, of course, became a household name after directing The Dark Knight trilogy, which starred Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.
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During an interview with CNA, Nolan was asked whether Pattinson, who actually tried to lie about attending the auditions for The Batman while he was shooting Tenet, had come to him for advice on playing the character. Nolan quickly replied that he didn’t, and that there was a “respectful silence” around the issue, though he did concede that there were some jokes around the issue while on set, as well as adding that he spoke to Pattinson about the challenge that lay ahead. You can see his full comments below.
“He certainly did not ask me for any advice. We kept a respectful silence around the issue until very near the end of the shoot. We said a couple of things and made a couple of jokes. We did have a little bit of a conversation about the various aspects of what he was going to be putting himself through.”
Given Nolan’s record-breaking history with Batman – with The Dark Knight making almost a billion dollars at the box office, and the trilogy ender The Dark Knight Rises crossing that mark – it’s surprising to hear that Pattinson didn’t bend Nolan’s ear for at least some advice. However, Nolan is known for his measured and private nature, and likely didn’t think it was appropriate to get involved in someone else’s production, hence his comment about the respectful silence around the matter.
Despite Nolan’s lack of input on the character, Pattinson seems to be doing just fine in the role, if the brief glimpse audiences got of him in the debut trailer for The Batman is anything to go by. Given his young age, relative to most actors who’ve played the role, Pattinson seems to embody the right combination of rage and naivety needed to play the Caped Crusader in just his second year as Batman.