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Robert Pattinson is doing a little backtracking. The star of the upcoming The Batman reversed course on an assertion he's made a couple of times in recent months: that Batman isn't actually a superhero.
Pattinson first put forth his Bat-opinion during a conversation with The New York Times in October of last year. While it's understandable that his opinion would be a touch controversial among fans, it's also kind of tough to argue with, and it illustrates the interesting approach the actor seems to be taking to portraying the character. He said:
"Batman's not a hero...he's a complicated character. I don't think I could ever play a real hero, there's always got to be something a little bit wrong...[Batman's] morality is a little bit off. He's not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character."
Okay, that's all well and good, but Pattinson really ran into trouble in December, during a sit down with Today. At that time, the star doubled down in a big way:
"Batman is not a superhero. It's weird. I always balk at it. It doesn't count. You need to have, like, magical powers or something."
All we can do is speculate as to whether Pattinson has ever heard of the many, many superheroes who don't technically have any powers. Of course, when he finally did reverse track on this controversial opinion, Pattinson did so in typically cheeky fashion.
Speaking with TimeOut, the actor explained that he thought he'd lost the role when the fact that he was being eyed for it by Warner Bros. was publicly leaked. He was obviously excited when he was cast, but ever since landing the coveted part, the star has been the subject of plenty of fan complaints. Some of them, it seems, just don't think he's cut out for the role, and those "not a superhero" remarks didn't do anything to win them over.
Pattinson is quite aware of that fact, and he explained to TimeOut that if he had simply brushed up a bit more on his DC lore, he wouldn't have said what he said. That said, he didn't exactly back all the way off of his comments. According to him:
"I wasn't educated about the subject. People got very angry about it. It's bizarre. I still can't understand the argument. Okay, he's a superhero, I'm sorry! The next headline: 'Pattinson retracts: Batman is, in fact, a superhero. He takes it back.'"
Despite the insane level of scrutiny that comes with being cast as the Caped Crusader, though, Pattinson is still beyond excited for those fans to actually see the film. Keep watching the video to see how Pattinson apologizes after sparking outrage from Batman fans
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