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Robert Pattinson studied a vampire bat to prep for his role as Batman

Have you wondered how Batman actors prepare for their role as the caped crusader? Well, Robert Pattinson just shared his, and it includes studying a real-life vampire bat.

The former Twilight actor has revealed that he studied real-life bats ahead of shooting the 2022 reboot of The Batman.

Speaking with Jimmy Kimmel on his talk show on February 17, the English actor said: “There was one thing I sent to Matt (Reeves, The Batman director), because I was talking to Zoë Kravitz who plays Catwoman in it – yeah, she’s great – and she was saying [that] to see the way she’s moving and stuff, she’s looking at these videos, like big cat videos, and how big cats fight and stuff.”

Taking a page from Kravitz’s book, Pattinson added that he looked up videos of how bats fight for his role. He recalled: “So I looked up how a bat fights and there was this one video on Planet Earth of the technique or a vampire bat with a chicken in a cage, and how it fights the chicken.

“It flaps around the cage like an hour, just flip-banging on the cage until the chicken’s been scared for so long, the chicken falls asleep. And then the bat sneaks into the cage and bites it on its anus. I sent that to Matt Reeves, and he’s like, ‘I’ve got an idea.’”

But kidding aside, Pattinson also revealed that he was scared to see the film. “I was absolutely terrified. I haven’t been this scared to release a movie in such a long time,” Pattinson said in the same interview. “And I haven’t released a movie,” he quipped.

However, the feeling changed when his partner Suki Waterhouse was moved to tears while watching The Batman. “I’m pretty sure she’s not normally into watching superhero movies. And just seeing that it was capturing her attention the entire time and then she held my hand and touched it [to her face] and I could feel a little tear. And I was like, ‘No way!’” Pattinson shared.

Pattinson is the latest actor to play the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2022 film The Batman. Directed by Reeves, the film follows Wayne’s pursuit of capturing the serial killer who’s targeting elite Gotham City citizens. Throughout the investigation, he uncovers corruption that leads closer to home, making him forge new alliances and bring justice to the city.

Joining Pattinson in The Batman are Kravitz, who’ll play as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler.

The Batman is now showing in Philippine theaters.


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