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Robert Pattinson Had A Panic Attack While Filming The Batman

Rebecca Shepherd

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Robert Pattinson Had A Panic Attack While Filming The Batman

Robert Pattinson has revealed how he was having a 'major panic attack' when he was taking part in a chemistry read with co-star Zoë Kravitz on set for The Batman.


The 35-year-old had already been given the part as Batman himself but Kravitz was hoping to be in with a chance of snapping up the role of Catwoman.

However, when it came to the pair taking part in a chemistry read, it seems things got intense and pretty quickly.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly he said: "The first time I'd even said lines from the script was in Zoë's screen test. They had this idea that they wanted me to be taller at the beginning, so I basically had high-heeled sneakers on, and I'm tottering around in this strange Batman outfit.

"The camera's not even on me, it's on the back of my head, and I'm literally having this major panic attack, just looking for emotional support from Zoë, who's trying to get the part."

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Kravitz was feeling the pressure as well, telling the publication: "The chemistry read was really intense. Rob was wearing the Batsuit, and it was a proper camera test with the DP there and everything on a soundstage. It wasn't just reading lines in a room. So it was intimidating, to say the least."

She then went on to talk about her first task being the removal of a motorcycle helmet, adding: "That totally spun me into a little bit of anxiety. It's wildly complicated to take off a helmet and look cool, not have it get stuck on your head, or your hair look funny. I was convinced that was going to be my downfall." 

Pattinson previously explained that creating the film was 'by far the hardest thing' he has ever done.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

He will take over from Ben Affleck as a darker, vengeful Batman alongside main villain the Riddler, played by Paul Dano.

The forthcoming superhero reboot continued its production during the coronavirus pandemic, which Pattinson revealed he was grateful for as it provided him with stability and something to focus on during this turbulent time.

Speaking to GQ magazine, he said: “I just always had this anchor of Batman. Rather than thinking you’re flotsam to the news, you could feel engaged without being paralysed by it.

“Everyone I know, if you had a little momentum going in your career or your life, then stopping, you had to have a reckoning with yourself.

“Whereas I was so incredibly busy the whole time, doing something that was also super high pressure, by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done…. I was still playing Batman at the end of the day, even though the world might end."

The Batman will be released on 4 March 2022.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: TV and Film, Robert Pattinson

Rebecca Shepherd
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