Robert Pattinson Calls 'The Batman' Movie Rating a 'Disaster'

Robert Pattinson has declared that the age rating given to The Batman in the U.K. is "a disaster."

In a clip that is going viral on Twitter, Pattinson finds out during an interview that no one below the age of 15 will be able to see his superhero movie in a British cinema.

A journalist for the website Unilad, Cameron Frew, broke the news to the British actor and his co-star Zoë Kravitz on screen. In the clip posted by Frew, Pattinson appears incredulous.

"Is it? No way. What happened?" he asked, laughing. "I didn't even know."

He jokingly added, "Oh no, it's a disaster," then asked: "Dark Knight wasn't a 15?"

Kravitz, unfamiliar with the British system, tried to determine what the American equivalent would be. Pattinson explained that a 15 rating is similar to PG-13 but even more strict, as those under the age of 15 won't be allowed to see The Batman in theaters with their parents. Kravitz replied: "Oh wow."

The British Board of Film Classification determines ratings in the U.K. and deemed The Batman a 15 film because it includes "strong threat" and violence.

In Belfast, however, local authorities have given the movie a special rating of 15A, meaning those under the age of 15 can go in with their parents. In the U.S. the movie is rated PG-13. Christian Bale's turn as Batman in the 2008 film The Dark Knight was rated 12 in the U.K.

Pattinson's startled reaction has prompted hundreds of replies and retweets, as well as thousands of likes. Replying to Frew's clip, @BetgeriYash posted a screenshot and wrote: "This has so much meme potential."

Another Twitter user, @johnnyboyfilmf1, compared the image to a recent meme of Timothée Chalamet's excited reaction in an interview while Zendaya was sitting next to him looking unimpressed.

The Batman is in theaters now, with Pattinson and Kravitz starring alongside Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro and Peter Sarsgaard. Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) directed the movie and co-wrote the script along with Peter Craig (The Town).

The film has been met with broadly positive reviews, though some critics have described Pattinson's performance as the most "emo" interpretation of Batman yet.

The Batman story will lead directly into a HBO spin-off series for Farrell's character Penguin. It will be the second DC Comics series to spin off from one of its recent movies after John Cena's successful turn in Peacemaker followed The Suicide Squad.

Robert Pattinson reacts to The Batman
A still image from the Unilad interview as Robert Pattinson reacts to the age rating for his movie "The Batman." Jonathan Olley/Twitter @FrewFilm / Warner Bros. Pictures