Robert Pattinson Breaks Down Batsuit as 'The Batman' Preview Dates Sell Out

In just a few weeks, Robert Pattinson will join the prestigious lineage of actors who have played one of the most famous characters in superhero movie history: Batman.

The Batman, scheduled to hit theaters on March 4, stars Pattinson as the DC Comics superhero and is the first solo Batman movie since Christian Bale vacated the role following 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.

Directed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, the upcoming film was created with a $100 million dollar budget, according to Deadline. And at a reported two hours and 55 minutes, The Hollywood Reporter reported that The Batman will be the longest Batman movie to date, and the second longest superhero movie behind Marvel's Avengers: Endgame.

Following Ben Affleck's three appearances as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League, the buzz surrounding Pattinson's debut as the guardian of Gotham City has grown since he was announced he'd be assuming the role in 2019.

During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the former Twilight star discussed The Batman, and detailed the strenuous process required to perfect the iconic Batsuit and matching cowl. Responding to an inquiry from Kimmel about costumes from previous Batman movies, Pattinson confirmed that he was required to try on each Batsuit and cowl worn before him, from Michael Keaton's 80s get-up to Bale's sleek, modern iteration.

"I try on every single one," Pattinson told Kimmel. "Every single one still has the actor's, kind of, sweat inside."

Robert Pattinson 'Batman'
British actor Robert Pattinson pictured during the filming of The Batman movie outside St. George's Hall on October 14, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Colin McPherson/Getty Images

"It's the size of your head that's the defining factor," he added. "I think the body fit more on Val Kilmer's...the head fit on [George] Clooney's."

Continuing on to tell Kimmel that he added his own flair to the Batsuit—a flap for easier bathroom access—Pattinson said that he was unable to try on the original suit, worn by Adam West.

In a recent GQ profile, Pattinson described his time spent filming The Batman, and revealed how a combination of endless hours inside the signature suit and COVID-related restrictions created a "bubble within a bubble" on the film's London set.

"The nature of the shoot was so kind of insular," he told GQ. "Always shooting at night, just really dark all the time, and I felt very much alone."

"Even just being in the suit all the time. You're not really allowed out of the studio with the suit on, so I barely knew what was going on at all outside," he added.

Following an 18-month shooting period that saw Pattinson break his wrist and multiple release date delays, The Batman is just weeks away from the silver screen.

Last week, after Warner Bros. announced a series of special IMAX previews for DC Comics fans across the United States, Deadline reported that tickets for the March 1 showings sold out immediately.

Starring Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Colin Farrell as Penguin, The Batman is also primed for an impressive opening weekend at the box office, with Box Office Pro projecting between $135,000,000 and $185,000,000 in sales in its first three days.

Coming just months after Spider-Man: No Way Home, which recently became the third-highest domestically grossing movie of all time, The Batman is projected to generate between $340,000,000 and $540,000,000 in overall sales.