Thankfully, Pattinson was still given the chance to try out for “The Batman.” It was then he finally got to try on a Batsuit and debut his own unique take on Bruce Wayne for the very first time.
“You’re trying to think of the way to balance, how to bring something new to it and not want to scare people off,” he continued. “And work in the confines of the costume.”
Working with the Batsuit was easier said than done. Although it did feel “transformative” and “powerful” to wear, the arduous process of getting it onto the actor’s body was “pretty humiliating.”
“Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs,'” Pattinson went on.
Despite the trials and tribulations that befell him, the “Tenet” actor was still able to deliver an incredibly compelling performance in his audition. But as it turns out, Reeves knew Pattinson was the perfect pick for the role before he even put on the suit. All it took was a bit of music to put the director in the mood.
“The night before Rob was to screen test, [composer Michael Giacchino] sent me a secret little MP4 — it was both Bruce’s theme and Batman’s theme in this incredible suite,” the director recalled in a behind-the-scenes segment. “And I was blown away, it was so emotional.”
Upon hearing the themes, Reeves immediately alerted his producing partner, Dylan Clark. (The pair also worked together on the Planet of the Apes franchise, which Giacchino composed for as well.) But the music was just one piece of the puzzle — and Pattinson filled in the rest.