Robert Pattinson has dropped some major truth bombs on his recent interview. Some of the major highlights include his sentiments on his controversial casting as Batman and turning down Marvel in his post-Twilight years.
In an interview with Variety, the British actor didn’t shy away from admitting that he has had his eyes on the caped crusader even before the role was open for casting.
“I’d had Batman in my mind for a while. It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him,” he tells the outlet.
He also spoke up about the widespread backlash he received along with the casting rumors that broke out even before he auditioned saying he was “furious”. The premature news of his casting swept headlines and made rounds on the internet at the same time he was at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The press, of course, did not release the news lightly with most already claiming that he had been cast to replace Ben Affleck in a new dark knight film from Matt Reeves.
“It was terrifying,” Pattinson says about the incessant press coverage. “I was like, ‘Oh f—! Does that screw me because they are so intent on secrecy?’”
“When that thing leaked, I was f—ing furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing,” the actor said thinking at the time that he had lost his chance.
If one can recall, the initial backlash for Pattinson’s casting was massive. It can even compare to the backlash Marvel received for reportedly casting Channing Tatum as Gambit in a stand-alone film which allegedly led to the actor being dropped and leaving the project in limbo.
As we all know, Warner Bros. was not swayed by the negativity and the role ultimately landed on Pattinson’s lap. The confirmation came just days after it was reported that he was head-to-head with actor Nicholas Hoult for screen tests.
Pattinson also mentions an “informal meeting” with Marvel execs at the time the studio was busy putting together Guardians of the Galaxy. Does this mean we were close to seeing him as a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, not quite. While Marvel gauged the young actor’s interest in jumping ship, the actor knew that a massive franchise following the Twilight Saga wasn’t the best choice for him.
“I don’t know what I would really be chasing. The idea of trying that transition after Twilight, I never saw a road in that direction,” he says of the matter.