Robert Pattinson is set to be the big screen's next Batman, He won the role after a long audition process where he beat out Nicholas Hoult of the X-Men franchise. The final phase of that process was to actually put the two actors in the Batman costume to see how they looked and worked inside it.
In a recent interview Pattinson revealed that, wearing the Batman costume actually really did make him feel like he was a powerful superhero, which was nice, since putting the suit on really didn't make him feel all that impressive. According to Pattinson...
I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’ You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. 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.’
Robert Pattinson is far from the first person to talk about the difficulty that comes with putting on a superhero costume for a movie. They are usually incredibly tight, so as to look as impressive as possible, but that also usually means getting them on and off can't be done by a single person like a standard piece of wardrobe.
However, while getting the batsuit on may make you feel embarrassed, that feeling doesn't carry over once you have it on. When you're dressed like Batman, you feel like Batman. Robert Pattinson tells Variety putting the suit on was "transformative." I'm assuming he just naturally started speaking in a gravely voice.
Matt Reeves has written and will direct the next big screen Batman movie, currently simply being called The Batman. The director has said that it will focus more on Batman's skills as a detective than previous outings for the character, but beyond that there's little that we know for sure about what the story is which villains Batman will come up against.
We can be sure that once audiences get a look at Robert Pattinson dressed as Batman, there will be some strong opinions on the matter. There was a predictable negative reaction when the actor who once played a teenage vampire was cast in the role. Pattinson says he was actually expecting the reaction to be worse than it was, so, good...I guess?
Seeing him in the suit might win over some of the doubters, or it might cause people to double down on the negative reactions. The truth won't really be known until we see the movie itself, and that won't happen until the summer of 2021.