Robert Pattinson is known for his movie roles in the Twilight franchise and the upcoming film adaptation of the classic novel, The Hunger Games. But the British actor is also a self-professed comic book and movie buff who has been cosplaying as the Dark Knight for Halloween costume parties for the past 12 years. And now, thanks to Twitter, we can get a glimpse of how Pattinson spent his Halloween parties in the past and the gear he used to make them memorable!
Robert Pattinson’s 2017 Cosplay Photos
In September 2017, Pattinson shared some photos from the set of his latest movie, Twilight: Eclipse, on his Instagram account. One of the photos was of him in full costume as Batman, with the caption, “#batmaneclipse @setphotos @setonpark @lucas_fox @sonypictures @panzer_photo”. The next month, he followed up with more photos from the set of Eclipse, including a few that were taken outside Cape Suzette Studios in Canada. With the caption, “#twilighteclipse @setphotos @setonpark @lucas_fox @sonypictures @panzer_photo”. Finally, in October, Pattinson shared some photos from his annual Halloween party in London and Hollywood, where he wore a variety of Halloween costumes, including Joker, Penguin, and Harley Quinn. The photos were accompanied by the hashtag, “#pattinsonhalloween.”
It’s clear that the 42-year-old actor is a huge fan of comic books and Hollywood film adaptations of them. And now, thanks to Twitter, we can see the full array of Batman costumes and gear that he has worn in the past and the present.
The Batman: Mask
In August 2006, as part of the filming of the BBC Three television series, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Pattinson was required to don a Halloween costume. According to IMDb, he chose to portray Batman because, “I looked at the comics before I saw the movie and I thought it would be the best fit for me. I’ve always loved the suit, the whole superhero/anti-hero thing.”
And how does he feel about his Batman-themed costume? “I feel like it’s the best fit for my personality. I mean, I love Scott Pilgrim and all that but I don’t think that Batman is a gimmick. It’s always been a suit that I’ve loved and there’s been a lot of great moments in film when people were like, ‘Holy shit! Batman!’ ”
The Batman: Varsity Jacket
This year’s Batman varsity jacket is an iconic look from the 1966 Batman TV series. The pattern on the jacket is designed after the Gotham City flag and the emblem on the chest is a symbol of the car industry. Interestingly, the pattern on the sleeves and collar are inspired by the flag of Alfred Hitchcock’s home country, Canada. A few years back, Pattinson wore this exact jacket in a picture with a Canadian flag on his shirt. On the actor’s Instagram account, he posted a picture in which he is wearing the varsity jacket. Along with the picture, he wrote, “#gothamvarsityjacket A photo posted by @robertpattinson on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:15pm PDT”.
The Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
When it comes to the Dark Knight, Pattinson isn’t afraid to show off his vocal skills as well. He portrayed the iconic masked vigilante in The Dark Knight Rises, which also happens to be the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. While the Batman suit in TDKR is inspired by the work of Bob Kane and Milton Farraday, it was the costume designs for Bane and Ra’s Al Ghul that really stood out.
Pattinson is a huge fan of the villain Bane. When asked about appearing in a movie with such a legendary villain, he said, “I couldn’t even begin to put into words how much I love and admire Bane. It’s such a great example of costume design, the way that he’s using color and texture to great effect. It was really inspiring to be able to work with someone of his caliber.”
Batman: The Animated Series
Before Batman became a cultural phenomenon with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, the Caped Crusader was already ingrained in the popular culture with the groundbreaking animated series, Batman: The Animated Series. It was the perfect blend of humor and action, and it laid the foundation for many of today’s comic book movies. The show’s opening theme song, “Calling All Heroes”, remains a fan favorite today. Batman: The Animated Series also gave us the villains Bane and the Penguin, as well as the supporting characters Alfred and Commissioner Gordon.
Pattinson has said he is a huge fan of the show, which makes sense, given his extensive filmography. When asked about his favorite episodes, he replied, “There are so many great episodes! For me, it’s always been the episodes where he interacts with the other characters. You know, like the ones with Alfred or Barbara Gordon. It’s been interesting to see how much the show has stayed alive and how many memes there are about it.”
The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Batman Movie brought the adventures of the Caped Crusader and his allies into a bright LEGO universe. Along with voicing the titular character, Pattinson also provided the voice for two other prominent characters: the Penguin and Two-Face. It was an all-star cast that director Chris McKay called “the best of all time” when asked about the casting process. The LEGO Batman Movie is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Despite his long career in Hollywood, Pattinson has always been a bit of a recluse, rarely giving interviews and seldom using social media. But with the surge in popularity of comic book movies, it seems that the actor is ready to let his guard down a bit and embrace the fandom that had always been a part of his life. And what better way to show the world who he is and what he cares about than by taking to Twitter to share his passion for Batman and other superheroes? Through his Twitter account, which has over 340,000 followers, Pattinson has already begun sharing some interesting tidbits about his favorite comic book characters and movies. He has also been known to retweet fans who have asked for his approval on their Batman-related content.
A Flash Of Genre
While discussing his love for all things Batman, Pattinson has said that he wants to bring a bit of that “awesome world” feeling into his own performances.
“There is a certain fun that comes from diving into a character and playing around in that world for a while,” he said. “And that’s what I want to do. I want to bring that with me into my acting. I want to make work that is genre and fun and unique.” It seems like he’s trying to do just that with his role in the upcoming crime thriller, The Game.
The Game is set in a post-pandemic world where augmented reality and virtual reality collide and it will be released in theaters on July 12, 2019. In the film, Pattinson plays a corporate raider who is attempting to rescue his kidnapped daughter by threatening to kill innocent people in order to obtain a virtuality key. The film’s plot sounds like something out of a comic book and it will surely appeal to anyone who loves the genre. When asked about playing a villain in the film, Pattinson replied, “I thought it was a good mix of really dark character studies and some fun sci-fi action. I mean, I read the script and was like, ‘Oh my God! I love this! I gotta be in it! It’s got everything I want!’ ”
Warner Bros. has created their own version of the Arkham universe with the “Arkhamverse”, which is now home to many of their most popular characters, such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In July 2018, they unveiled their first offering in the universe, Harley Quinn. Based on the character from the DC Comics universe, the narrative-driven film stars Margot Robbie as Harley and Joe Manganiello as her alter ego, Quinn. Interestingly, when asked about whether or not he would like to see the Joker make a comeback, Pattinson responded, “I love the Joker. What a character. What an icon. To me, he is one of the greatest villains ever. I wouldn’t say no to another appearance from him.”