Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Val Kilmer reveals why he quit Batman role after one movie

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee …

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.

The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, and Drew Barrymore.

At the time, Joel Schumacher, who directed the superhero movie and the subsequent sequel Batman & Robin, claimed that Kilmer had quit due to filming commitments.

However, more than 25 years after exiting the superhero role, Kilmer has explained that he left the lucrative comic-book franchise after an incident on the set of Batman Forever.

During a profile for The New York Times, the 60-year-old recalled being in costume on set one day to meet business tycoon Warren Buffett and his grandchildren, but the kids were far more interested in looking at the Batmobile and high-tech props instead.

“That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman,” he said, noting that anyone could wear the mask. “Everyone has to work out their own salvation. How to live and by what morality, and I found that the part that I feel bad about is hurting somebody in the process.”

He was eventually replaced by George Clooney, who fronted the critically-panned Batman & Robin in 1997. It was the last movie starring the Caped Crusader until Christopher Nolan rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, in 2005. The character has since been played by Ben Affleck and is soon to be portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

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Christopher Nolan wants Tenet to re-open cinemas

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas. With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendar…

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas.

With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendars, with big tentpoles such as Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, Black Widow, and more being postponed.

However, amid all the reshuffles, Warner Bros. officials have stood firm with Tenet, Nolan’s latest time-travel movie starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, and have remained committed to a release date of 17 July, making it the next major studio film to hit cinemas, if they are re-opened by then.

In an earnings call, IMAX chief executive officer Richard Gelfond shared that the Inception filmmaker was determined for his movie to be the one to relaunch theatres following the coronavirus crisis.

“Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theatres. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theatres re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan,” he said, according to Variety.

Gelfond also confirmed that Warner Bros. and IMAX staff are currently preparing for the film to debut that day.

His comments come weeks after Warner Bros. chief executive officer Ann Sarnoff insisted that Tenet will receive a theatrical release.

“We are committed to – and are excited about – releasing Tenet in theatres this summer or whenever theatres reopen,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theatre.”

Tenet, which also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, revolves around a secret agent who is tasked with using time travel to stop World War III.

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Guy Pearce thought Memento was ‘gobbledegook’ after reading the script

Guy Pearce thought Memento sounded like “gobbledegook” after he read the script for the first time.The Australian actor starred in Christopher Nolan’s breakout 2000 psychological thriller as Leonard Shelby, a man who is trying to solve the mystery of…

Guy Pearce thought Memento sounded like “gobbledegook” after he read the script for the first time.

The Australian actor starred in Christopher Nolan’s breakout 2000 psychological thriller as Leonard Shelby, a man who is trying to solve the mystery of his wife’s murder while suffering from short-term memory loss.

His character uses Polaroid photographs and tattoos to keep track of his research, as his memory resets every 15 minutes, and Pearce told GQ magazine in a recent interview that he was baffled by Nolan’s script.

Despite admitting that Memento “felt like gobbledegook” as he could “sense that things were all over the place,” the 52-year-old began to understand the complexity of Leonard and his journey, which was the only thing that he needed “to latch onto in order to do (his) job.”

“The other stuff began to make sense the more as I worked with Chris Nolan and rehearsed with him,” he candidly shared. “Once it all made sense to me, I then had to put it all away and let it all go and just treat every scene as its own little thing because I wasn’t supposed to remember what had happened before and obviously had no clue what was coming afterwards.”

However, once he began to start filming the psychological thriller, Pearce felt it start to have an effect in his personal life.

“It made me question my own memory. I would look at a photo and would be thinking about a memory around it and then go, ‘Well I don’t know if that memory is really true at all.’ It really made me question my own memories, so thank you, Chris Nolan,” he laughed.

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Christopher Nolan calls on U.S. Congress to help cinemas survive

Christopher Nolan has appealed to members of the U.S. Congress to provide financial assistance to movie theatres affected by the coronavirus crisis.Publishing his thoughts in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week, the Dunkirk director argued that …

Christopher Nolan has appealed to members of the U.S. Congress to provide financial assistance to movie theatres affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Publishing his thoughts in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week, the Dunkirk director argued that while the Hollywood film industry is deemed a non-essential service, cinemas are deserved of monetary aid.

“When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together, will be more powerful than ever,” he wrote. “The combination of that pent-up demand and the promise of new movies could boost local economies and contribute billions to our national economy. We don’t just owe it to the 150,000 workers of this great American industry to include them in those we help, we owe it to ourselves. We need what movies can offer us.”

The impact of coronavirus has already heavily impacted the entertainment business, with social distancing measures causing the closure of hundreds of cinemas, and seeing thousands of employees laid off.

There are over 35,000 current cases of Covid-19 in the U.S, and with the pandemic set to continue in forthcoming months, states of emergency have been declared on both a federal and state level, leading many businesses to suffer huge financial repercussions.

Accordingly, Nolan also drew attention to the importance of Hollywood production and movies to the nation’s economic and social vitality, urging Congress to preserve what it can of the industry and those who draw income from it, including people who run projection equipment, concession stands, ticket counters, as well as cleaners.

“These are places of joyful mingling where workers serve up stories and treats to the crowds that come to enjoy an evening out with friends and family,” the 49-year-old added. “As a filmmaker, my work can never be complete without those workers and the audiences they welcome.”

Nolan most recently shot action-drama Tenet with Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and John David Washington. The film remains slated for release in July.

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Michael Caine has no idea what Tenet is about

Michael Caine is clueless about the plot of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet as he’s yet to see the full script. The veteran British actor stars alongside John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki in Nolan’s latest movie, w…

Michael Caine is clueless about the plot of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet as he’s yet to see the full script.

The veteran British actor stars alongside John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki in Nolan’s latest movie, which follows a secret agent who attempts to prevent World War III using time travel. However, like all Nolan films, specific details are unknown.

When asked about the movie by The Hindu, Caine admitted he didn’t know what Tenet meant and had no idea what the film is really about.

“(Nolan) is so secretive he won’t let me have the script. All I had was one day’s work and he gave me my pages. I did my part and shot only with John David. I haven’t heard anything since,” he said.

Caine is a frequent Nolan collaborator, with him appearing in all of the British filmmaker’s projects ever since Batman Begins in 2005.

“All the films I have made with him have raked in over a billion dollars, so he has to have me in a film even if he has no part for me. In Dunkirk, I was only a voice-over and I got billing in the credit title,” the Alfie actor added.

In the interview, he also recalled his first meeting with the Inception helmer – when Nolan turned up at his house with a script and asked him to star in Batman Begins.

“I told him, ‘I am too old for Batman. Do you want me to play the butler? What would my dialogue be? ‘Would you like another beverage or more custard?'” Caine, who played Batman/Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, joked. “So, I did the movie and it was one of the greatest things I have done in my life.”

Tenet is scheduled to hit cinemas in July.

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Josh Hartnett denies turning down Batman and Spider-Man roles

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects. Ho…

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.

In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects.

However, Josh has now insisted those claims weren’t entirely accurate.

“I didn’t turn down Spider-Man. I don’t know where that came from. I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer,” he told Variety in a new interview. “But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies.

“I was having meetings with those directors and people were saying: ‘Would you be interested?’ I talked to them about what they were doing, and I ultimately decided I wasn’t, but that was a very privileged place for a young man to be in. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose.”

Back in 2015, Josh told a reporter at Playboy magazine he was offered the role of Batman but “decided it wasn’t for me”. Yet, in his most recent chat, the star backtracked on that comment and insisted the role “wasn’t an audition or an offer”.

“It was a conversation with the director (Christopher Nolan),” the 41-year-old explained. “I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. When you say one thing one time about it, and now it gets blown up. But I don’t really care to tell that story over and over again.”

Christian Bale was eventually cast as Batman in Nolan’s trilogy, and the character has since been played by Ben Affleck, while Robert Pattinson will make his debut as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming DC Comics flick, The Batman.

Henry Cavill is the current Superman, while Tom Holland currently has the part of Spider-Man.

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John David Washington was ‘terrified’ during Tenet stunts

John David Washington had to hide his terror while performing stunts for Christopher Nolan’s new spy thriller Tenet.The BlacKkKlansman actor leads an all-star cast including Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh in Nolan’s latest blo…

John David Washington had to hide his terror while performing stunts for Christopher Nolan’s new spy thriller Tenet.

The BlacKkKlansman actor leads an all-star cast including Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh in Nolan’s latest blockbuster, which includes huge action set-pieces shot in seven countries.

But Washington, the son of movie star Denzel Washington, has now admitted that he was scared out of his wits during some of the stunts, with one he filmed alongside Debicki on a boat proving to be particularly frightening.

“I was terrified, but when Christopher Nolan yelled ‘Action!’ I had to throw all that away and make it look cool,” the 35-year-old told Entertainment Weekly.

Asked why he was so worried, Washington added: “Because it’s a boat, man! I don’t know how to drive a boat! But I had to act like I did.”

However, Nolan was full of praise for his leading man, noting the athleticism Washington developed during a short American football career was vital to the film.

“He’s a massively talented actor and physically gifted,” the director said. “He’s an athlete and pretty hard for anybody to keep up with, including the different vehicles we shot him from – cars and helicopters. This guy moves.”

In addition, Nolan insisted Tenet has been an even more ambitious undertaking than his previous blockbusters, including Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.

“We’re crossing a few different genres in a hopefully exciting and fresh way,” he explained. “Emma (Thomas, producer) and I have put together a lot of large-scale productions, but this is certainly the biggest in terms of international reach. We shot in seven countries, all over the place, with a massive cast and huge set pieces. There’s no question, it’s the most ambitious film we’ve made.”

Tenet is slated for release in July 2020.

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Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero. …

Christian Bale has explained why Christopher Nolan never wanted to make a fourth Batman movie.

The British writer/director helmed the first of his superhero trilogy, Batman Begins, back in 2005, starring Bale as Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Nolan went on to make The Dark Knight in 2008, and four years later, he concluded his trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, which saw Bruce Wayne retiring his alter-ego and eloping with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Now, Bale has opened up about the filmmaker’s decision to decline on making another Batman movie.

“I literally had people laugh at me when I told them we were doing a new kind of Batman,” the 45-year-old told the Toronto Sun. “I think that the reason it worked was first and foremost Chris’s take on it. But also, we never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time. ”

He went on to note that Nolan worked on the idea that his Dark Knight saga would always be a trilogy.

“Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three, we would stop,” Bale shared.

Despite The Dark Knight Rises making more than $1.08 billion (£832 million) at the worldwide box office when it was released in 2012, the Oscar winner supported Nolan when he turned down a lucrative fourth Batman movie.

“Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a number four?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’s dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth. That’s why we, well Chris, stepped away. After that I was informed my services were no longer required,” he laughed, referencing Ben Affleck stepping into Bruce Wayne’s shoes for Justice League in 2017.

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Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in Batman role

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible. “Now that I’m start…

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.

The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible.

“Now that I’m starting to get into it, I don’t want to approach it as kind of a big studio thing where all you’re really doing is thinking about your trailer. I want to approach it in exactly the same way (I usually do), I want it to be frightening, I want it to be something you lose yourself in,” he told the BBC. “It’s more difficult to do because it’s such a familiar character to lots of people, but I think… if you can find a way to lose yourself in it, I think that’s really exciting.”

The Twilight star found out he was going to play the crime-fighting alter ego of billionaire Bruce Wayne while filming Christopher Nolan’s mysterious new espionage drama, Tenet.

“I wanted to do something on a big stage, and so I ended up doing Chris Nolan’s movie, which I was really, really happy about at the beginning of this year. And then Batman was kind of a surprise to me,” he explained.

Pattinson is currently starring in The Lighthouse opposite Willem Dafoe and recently revealed that he was inspired by the Hollywood veteran when trying out new voices for Batman.

“Willem’s voice in this was quite inspiring for it, to be honest,” he told Access Hollywood. “It is pretty similar, the voice I’m gonna do, to Willem’s. I think Batman has a sort of piratey kind of voice – I think that will really suit it.”

The Batman, also starring Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler, will be released in 2021.

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