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“The Batman”: Robert Pattinson & Matt Reeves Reveal the Trouble of Emoting In Batman’s Cowl
Written by Jack King

One of the great difficulties for a performer in a super suit is the limited range of emotion one is able to display — not least under a mask. Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man movies used aperture eyes to give the actor some emotional leeway in his performance, although this was added with CGI; other heroic performers, Marvel and DC alike, often have to make do with grand physicality, and theatrical body work. With the design of the Batsuit in The BatmanRobert Pattinson displays a little more emotive freedom. We get an indication of Bruce’s feelings under the mask: a squint here, an eyebrow raise there.

Director Matt Reeves wanted to make a point of having a Batman who could emote under the mask, something he jokingly calls “a terrible mistake,” given just how long-winded some dialogue scenes are for Batman in his iconic cape and cowl — something the director notes you don’t traditionally get in a Batman movie. But it was a tough job. Reeves explains:

“Of course, the point was to make his emotions be visible through the cowl. We had no idea how hard it was going to be. I mean, there were times when I would come to Rob, and I’d go, ‘Okay, great. I just need to feel a little more.’ And he’d be like, ‘More? More?'”

R Pats’ response? “I’m about to have an embolism,” he joked. “Yeah, he was about to burst a vein,” Reeves echoed.

He continues: “But it was one of these things, I have to say, it’s a true testament to Rob as a performer. And he’s so technical as well as incredibly emotional. I would watch Rob get himself into that state where he would be getting really raw before he would shoot. Then I would be saying like, ‘I think I need to see a little bit more through the cowl.’ I would just be doing that. But that was, it was definitely by design, and it was a huge challenge. And thank God I had Rob to work with.”

They spoke further about a specific moment on set, with Pattinson frustrated by just how much theatrical work he had to do to emote through the mask. “I’d say, one of the things I do when I’m working with actors is, say, ‘Well, come take a look,'” remembers Reeves. “You’d go, ‘Oh, you can’t see my eyes.'” Pattinson continues:

“That was maybe the worst day of the whole shoot, because I really, genuinely thought it was you that was wrong. And then I was like, ‘How can we be doing 40 takes?’ And then you’re like, ‘Just come and look at it.’ And I was looking at it, going like, ‘Wow,’ like I’m, ‘There’s nothing. There’s nothing happening.'”