Robert Pattinson lied to Christopher Nolan about auditioning for The Batman

Robert Pattinson lied to Christopher Nolan about auditioning for The Batman while filming the director’s new movie Tenet.The British filmmaker, who is famous for his secrecy surrounding plot and casting details of his films, has history with the Caped …

Robert Pattinson lied to Christopher Nolan about auditioning for The Batman while filming the director’s new movie Tenet.

The British filmmaker, who is famous for his secrecy surrounding plot and casting details of his films, has history with the Caped Crusader, as he helmed the critically-acclaimed Batman trilogy which starred Christian Bale as the titular superhero.

And when Pattinson discovered he was in the running to play the DC Comics’ crime-fighting billionaire while filming Tenet, the 34-year-old decided to lie to Nolan.

“It’s funny because Chris is so secretive about everything to do with his movies, and then I had to be really secretive about Batman stuff,” he told The Irish Times. “So I had to lie to Chris about having to go for a screen test. I said I had a family emergency.

“As soon as I said, ‘It’s a family emergency’, he said, ‘You’re doing The Batman audition, aren’t you?'” Pattinson laughed.

The Twilight star reportedly fought off competition from Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer and Nicholas Hoult to land the coveted role, and news of his casting was leaked in May last year, leaving Pattinson “f***ing furious”.

Tenet, which also stars John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, is now set to be released later this month.

Meanwhile, filming on The Batman is set to recommence next month after the project was put on ice due to the Covid crisis, and will hit cinemas in October 2021.

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Zoe Kravitz felt ‘immediate pressure’ after landing Catwoman gig

Zoe Kravitz felt “immediate pressure” after landing the role of Catwoman in The Batman.The Big Little Lies star will play Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in Matt Reeves’ take on the tale of the iconic Caped Crusader, and she told Variety that her …

Zoe Kravitz felt “immediate pressure” after landing the role of Catwoman in The Batman.

The Big Little Lies star will play Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in Matt Reeves’ take on the tale of the iconic Caped Crusader, and she told Variety that her phone rang off the hook when the news of her new gig was confirmed last year.

“When the announcement came out that I had gotten this role, my phone rang more than it has ever. More than my birthday, more than my wedding, more than anything,” Zoe recalled.

“So I felt that immediate pressure. The script is phenomenal. The story’s really strong. I feel very clear on who Selina is and what she wants, and I’m trying to stay more focused on that.”

The 31-year-old, who is reportedly heading back to continue filming the comic book adaptation after it was shut down in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said it was distracting seeing herself in the iconic catsuit for the first time.

“It’s cool, man. It’s cool. I can’t say it wasn’t cool, but I’ve been really trying to not think too much about just what that character means to everybody else,” the actress explained. “Just because it can be distracting in the wrong way, especially when you’re trying to become someone else.”

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the DC superhero, is set to be released in October next year.

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Mission: Impossible sequel and The Batman allowed to resume filming in U.K.

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice…

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.

The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice when the outbreak hit Europe back in February, and was shut down.

Director Christopher McQuarrie had planned to resume filming in September, but after Cruise personally spoke with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, it was decided that the cast and crew could avoid the required 14-day quarantine period, and begin filming as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, The Batman was mid-production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire when it was shut down, with stars including Robert Pattinson, who is making his highly-anticipated debut as the Caped Crusader, flying back to the U.S.

At a recent press conference, Dowden announced he would be allowing filming to continue once more as they would be exempt from quarantine travel restrictions, introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As part of the exemption, cast and crewmembers must abide by rules to remain in a “bubble” environment, staying in and around the production area for the duration of the shoot.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” Dowden shared. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again,” he added.

Other major projects set to move into production or continue filming as a result of the ruling include Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, and the live action Disney remakes of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

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Zoe Kravitz spoke to Michelle Pfeiffer after landing Catwoman role

Zoe Kravitz was comforted by Michelle Pfeiffer after she was cast as Catwoman in The Batman.It was announced last year that the Big Little Lies actress would be playing the formidable Selina Kyle, and her feline alter-ego, in Matt Reeves’ superhero thr…

Zoe Kravitz was comforted by Michelle Pfeiffer after she was cast as Catwoman in The Batman.

It was announced last year that the Big Little Lies actress would be playing the formidable Selina Kyle, and her feline alter-ego, in Matt Reeves’ superhero thriller, alongside Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.

The role was previously played by Michelle in Tim Burton’s 1992 movie, Batman Returns, before Halle Berry took over in 2004, and later Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Zoe revealed that she approached Michelle at the Golden Globes earlier this year, as the pair were sat together thanks to the 62-year-old’s husband David E. Kelley, who wrote the hit HBO show, Big Little Lies.

“I spoke to Michelle. We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes, and I’ve met her a bunch over the years because of David E. Kelley. She’d always been so nice,” the 31-year-old told the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket. “I had just gotten cast so I was really nervous to be around her, and she was so sweet.

“She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You’re going to be great.’ That was really just amazing,” Zoe shared.

And the three-time Oscar nominee wasn’t the only Catwoman to offer Zoe some much-needed support.

“Both Halle and Anne were really sweet on Instagram and Twitter. (They) sent really sweet, encouraging messages when that was announced. So I feel supported by my girls,” she added.

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Paul Dano ‘really surprised’ by Matt Reeves’ The Batman script

Paul Dano was “really surprised” when he read Matt Reeves’ script for The Batman.The 35-year-old actor, who is playing Edward Nashton/The Riddler in the director’s upcoming take on the DC Comics’ superhero tale, discussed his brief time on the set of T…

Paul Dano was “really surprised” when he read Matt Reeves’ script for The Batman.

The 35-year-old actor, who is playing Edward Nashton/The Riddler in the director’s upcoming take on the DC Comics’ superhero tale, discussed his brief time on the set of The Batman before it was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak during an interview with The Playlist’s Rodrigo Perez and confessed he was taken aback by Reeves’ vision for the Caped Crusader.

“I was filming. I flew home to visit my baby and then didn’t get to fly back (to set, because of coronavirus), which is a really strange thing,” the There Will Be Blood star explained. “But I feel really good about it. I think Matt Reeves is the real deal. I was really surprised by his script, which I think is, is potentially really powerful. Hopefully we’ll get to get back to it sometime soon? I’m not sure.”

Dano also teased details of his villainous character, who was previously portrayed on the big screen by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever, and said that fans will hopefully be pleased with his “exciting” take on The Riddler.

“There’s something fun there in my character and in all the characters. It’s the kind of movie that we’re just desperate to share on the big screen in a big way. So, I hope we all figure this (coronavirus situation) out and get excited to see a Batman movie. It will be worth it. It’s going to be really cool,” he said.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, and Andy Serkis, is currently scheduled to be released on 25 June 2021.

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Robert Pattinson re-evaluated career when he ran out of work

Robert Pattinson re-evaluated the viability of his career in quirky independent movies when he started 2019 without a job.The British actor found fame with mainstream movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight franchise before …

Robert Pattinson re-evaluated the viability of his career in quirky independent movies when he started 2019 without a job.

The British actor found fame with mainstream movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight franchise before taking the indie route, with him starring in a range of niche films such as Good Time, High Life, and The Lighthouse.

And although he received critical acclaim for his performances in these projects, Pattinson realised in early 2019 that they weren’t giving him commercial appeal because not enough mainstream audiences were watching them.

“I started the beginning of last year with no job. And I was calling my agent and just being like—I had gotten good reviews in stuff—and I was like, ‘What the f**k? I thought this was a pretty good year, and I’m f**king starting the year like I’ve just done a pile of trash,’” he recalled to GQ magazine.

His agent explained that he wasn’t “on the list” for blockbuster films because “everyone thinks you don’t want to do any of this stuff”.

That conversation made him recognise he wanted to make those types of films too, to help give his career more stability.

“Just something which you could kind of rely on a little bit more,” the 34-year-old sighed. “The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the movies I was doing, no one sees them. And so, it’s kind of this frightening thing, ‘cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career.… I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever.”

Soon after he made it known he was interested in studio projects, Pattinson was hired by Christopher Nolan to star alongside John David Washington in Tenet, and while he was making that film, he was offered the lead in Matt Reeves’s The Batman.

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Zoe Kravitz keen to get back to The Batman set

Zoe Kravitz can’t wait to get back to filming The Batman even though she has concerns about how social distancing will work on set.The Big Little Lies actress, who is playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s new blockbuster, was in the middle of f…

Zoe Kravitz can’t wait to get back to filming The Batman even though she has concerns about how social distancing will work on set.

The Big Little Lies actress, who is playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s new blockbuster, was in the middle of filming alongside Robert Pattinson in England when the production was shut down due to the health crisis in March.

And in a new interview with Variety, Zoe shared that she can’t wait for the day she can return to work.

“(A part of me is) hoping to wake up every day to an email or a phone call saying, ‘We’re ready to go,'” she said. “I’m in touch with everybody, and everyone’s ready to go when it’s safe.”

However, Zoe admitted it would be difficult for the cast and crew to implement social distancing measures on set, particularly because she works so closely with the costume and make-up teams.

“You have people just touching your face, touching your body all day long,” the 31-year-old explained. “I need help getting into the catsuit. I can’t do it on my own. I was probably touched more (on this film) than any job, just because of the clothes and the combat and all of that.”

The star recently told Vanity Fair magazine that she was having virtual sessions with her trainer David Higgins five days a week during lockdown because she’s determined not to ruin all the hard work she put in to get into shape for the role.

“It’s not like the studio called and said, ‘Don’t get fat, b**ch,'” she joked. “The first couple weeks that I self-quarantined, I remember texting the director, Matt, and I was like, ‘We might have to make the catsuit a few sizes bigger when this is over.’

“I’m definitely eating whatever the f**k I want. But yeah, (I) try to stay in decent shape so I don’t have to start from scratch.”

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Colin Farrell to play ‘original and fun’ version of The Penguin in The Batman

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcom…

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.

The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcoming comic book adaptation, which will be directed by Matt Reeves.

And Farrell, who will be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader, said he’s looking forward to getting back to filming the thriller after production on the movie in the U.K. was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I had only started it and I can’t wait to get back,” the 43-year-old told Good Morning America. “The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun and I really am so excited to get back and explore it.”

Farrell also revealed that while he’s only in the movie for a short period, he has a few “tasty” scenes.

“I haven’t got that much to do. I have a certain amount in the film. I am not all over it by any means. But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it and my creation and I can’t wait to get back,” he shared.

And he’s looking forward to bringing his interpretation of the iconic Batman villain to the big screen.

“I totally feel like it is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before. It feels original and fun. But I am only at the start of the journey so I can’t wait to get back and really get into it,” Farrell added.

The Batman, which also stars Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Zoe Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright, is set to be released in October 2021.

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Robert Pattinson ignoring The Batman training during lockdown

Robert Pattinson isn’t keeping up with his training for The Batman during lockdown. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s The Batman when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shu…

Robert Pattinson isn’t keeping up with his training for The Batman during lockdown.

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

Pattinson had been working with a personal trainer, who the film studio hired to get him in superhero shape, and the trainer left him with a BOSU ball and a single weight and pleaded with him to continue using both while he self-isolates. However, he is currently ignoring her.

“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” the 34-year-old explained to GQ magazine. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean – he wasn’t exactly ripped… Literally, I’m just barely doing anything.”

He added that when he was filming Twilight “the one time they told me to take my shirt off, I think they told me to put it back on again.”

Pattinson’s comments are in stark contrast to his co-star Zoe Kravitz, who plays Selina Kyle/Catwoman. She has been keeping up with her workout routine for The Batman five days a week during lockdown so she’s still in shape when production resumes.

Pattinson, who is usually based in Los Angeles, is currently isolating in London and living in an apartment that The Batman producers are renting for him.

And he also admitted going outside for exercise, which is currently permitted in England, scares him.

“I went for a run around the park today,” he added. “I’m so terrified of being, like, arrested. You’re allowed to run around here. But the terror I feel from it is quite extreme.”

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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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