The actor, 33, spoke to The Guardian about being cast as the caped crusader explaining that he “felt a connection to it, I don’t know why.”
“I just really wanted it,” Pattinson said, adding that he’s already feeling the pressure of playing the iconic character.
“I’m already remembering what it’s like to talk about a movie where there’s an expectation,” he said. “Whenever you say anything, people are like, ‘Argh! You idiot!’ Like, dude, I haven’t even started yet!”
Despite the public anticipation, Pattinson assures, “There is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don’t need to worry about anyone else.”
The Lighthouse star already has a backup plan in case his three upcoming Batman movies are a disappointment.
“Porn,” he joked, laughing. “But art-house porn.”
Pattinson snagged the role as Batman in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie in May after months of callbacks. In October, the actor admitted he was still not sure how it all happened.
“It’s kind of insane,” Pattinson told Esquire. “I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect. I literally do not understand how I’ve got it, at all.”
Previous actors who’ve taken on the famous superhero role include Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Adam West and Michael Keaton.
The first in the trilogy, The Batman, is expected to be released in 2021.