Do you think acting in a costume and behind a mask makes it easier? On the contrary, these artifices require extreme involvement from the actor who wears them, and this is what Robert Pattinson discovered on the set of “The Batman”.
The Batman is always a cinema challenge
After the interpretations of Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, it’s Robert Pattinson’s turn to fight the criminals of Gotham in The Batman. A long-awaited film and the promise of a great show extended over almost three hours. It took Matt Reeves five years, from writing to final editing, to be able to present this film to the world and launch a new cycle, with a new performer.
And for Robert Pattinson, all was not a cakewalk on the set of The Batman as he recounted during a Q&A session with Matt Reeves for Screening.
Matt Reeves pressured Robert Pattinson
We know that acting in the Batsuit has caused concern for all the actors who have played the role. Heavy, restricting freedom of movement, long to put on and take off… If Robert Pattinson did not complain too much about it, his mask was a problem. In effect, the British actor struggled to accept overacting so that we could capture his emotions. Matt Reeves has indeed repeatedly asked the actor to give him “more” until he drives him “on the verge of embolism“. The director of The Batman says:
One of the things I like to do when working with actors is to tell them, “Well, come watch”. And Rob was like, “How can that not be enough? I’m overplaying. This is ridiculous.” I then answered him “Come and look.” And then he realized, “Oh, you can’t see my look.”
It is easy to understand that thus hidden behind the mask of Batman, difficult to transmit an emotion if one does not make tons of it. Robert Pattinson, therefore, had to do violence to himself, and agree to always do “more”. He details this very difficult day.
It’s probably the worst day of filming, because I honestly thought you were wrong. So I was like, “How come we do 40 takes?” So you were telling me to come look, I was looking and yes, “Wow…there was nothing”.
The great talent of Robert Pattinson ended up making the difference when the actor of The Batman agreed to put themselves in the most theatrical game possible. The performance is not insignificant, since in superhero films where many characters have their faces partially concealed, and special effects often come to their aid to increase emotions in post-production.