Robert Pattinson Says His Batman Was Partly Inspired by Kurt Cobain

Robert Pattinson has been teasing just how different his version of Batman is for a while now, but last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pattison may have given us the best clue yet as to how this new iteration of the character was conceived. Pattison told Kimmel that during early conversations with writer/director Matt Reeves, he learned of Reeves’s surprising source of inspiration.

“One of the first things that Matt said to me — he’s like, ‘He’s sort of inspired by Kurt Cobain,’” Pattison told Kimmel. “I’m like, ‘Really? That’s kind of the opposite of what I imagined Bruce Wayne to be.’”

That wasn’t the only fresh information Pattinson revealed about the hotly-anticipated The Batman—he also said his initial attempts at doing a different kind of voice for Gotham’s Dark Knight were utter failures.

Pattison had wanted to try something new, rather than the deeper, huskier voice we’ve heard in the past from Ben Affleck and Christian Bale.

“Everyone does this kind of gruff, gravelly thing, and I’m like, ‘I’m going to do the opposite — I’m gonna go really whispery,’” Pattinson said. “And I tried to do it for the first two weeks, and it just looked absolutely atrocious, and they told me to stop doing it.”

Yet Pattinson’s impulse to go a different way wasn’t so wild. In fact, a certain former Bruce Wayne felt the same way.

“I found out from Nick, who was putting me in the suit every day, that’s what Christian Bale did on Batman Begins as well,” Pattinson told Kimmel. “And if you listen to the first Batman Begins teaser trailer, you can hear the original voice. I only found this out a couple of weeks ago.”

What Pattinson learned was that while his Batman will be a very different beast from previous versions, there are a few things about the character that should remain the same. “You can feel when it feels right. You put the suit on, and you have to speak in a certain way.”

Pattinson is joined in The Batman by Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, and John Turturro as Carmine Falcone.

The Batman hits theaters on March 4.

For more on The Batman, check out these stories:

“The Batman” Writer/Director Matt Reeves Says a “Grounded” Mr. Freeze a Possible Villain for Sequel

Collin Farrell Spent 4 Hours Becoming The Penguin in “The Batman”

Robert Pattinson Describes His Batman as a Werewolf

Robert Pattinson & Zoë Kravitz on Why “The Batman” Will Shock People

Featured image: Caption: ROBERT PATTINSON as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics


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