Robert Pattinson explains how he worked to create the specific vocal characteristics for his take on The Caped Crusader in The Batman.
The Batman‘s Robert Pattinson has opened up about the process of experimenting on his Batman voice. The Good Time star is set to debut as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, inheriting the role from Ben Affleck. The movie will chronicle Batman’s second year fighting crime in Gotham City and will debut in theaters on March 4.
The Batman will return to the roots of Bruce Wayne’s war on crime in Gotham City. The film will follow Wayne as he embarks on a war against The Penguin (Collin Farrell) and The Riddler (Paul Dano) while untangling a mysterious conspiracy involving Gotham’s underworld, a conspiracy that seems to include his own family history. Along the way, he finds himself entangled with a cat burglar named Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz), who seems to have an agenda of her own. Little else is known about The Batman’s overall plot at this point, and even Pattinson’s Batman voice has been relatively absent from the marketing except for a few decidedly cool line readings.
With The Batman’s release only weeks away, new information has come to light about Pattinson’s portrayal. Specifically, Pattinson has opened up about the process of creating the voice he used when playing The Caped Crusader. In a recent Q&A session attended by Screen Rant, Pattinson said that the Batman voice took a lot of work, but eventually he landed on something that fit the character. Pattinson said:
It was a lot of trial and error. I had a lot of time to think about it. I think I was cast about seven or eight months before we started shooting. So I was experimenting with a lot of different things, and I think the first two or three weeks, we were doing a variety of different voices, because there’s only a couple of lines in the first few scenes we shot. Me and Matt just sort of settled on something. It started to sit in a very particular place and it kind of felt like progression from other bat voices and felt somewhat comfortable to do as well. It’s weird, it just suddenly starts to feel right. It seems to be the more you embody the suit, the more you embody the character. It just started to come out quite organically. And I think that’s what I was trying to do with the character as well. I was trying to think, “He’s not putting on a voice.” He puts on the suit and then the voice just starts happening for him as a person as well.
So, it seems that Pattinson did not come up with his Batman voice overnight. The vocal traits of the gritty hero took quite a bit of work, taking inspiration from other portrayals of Batman and letting the suit and role organically bring the voice out. By his own estimation, the voice is a natural occurrence when Bruce Wayne puts on the suit rather than something Bruce intentionally puts on. The voice proved to be such a challenge that Pattinson has even noted that it was difficult to replicate in ADR when not wearing the suit.
Examining how Pattinson has approached his Batman voice should help give audiences a good understanding of the nature of his character, especially by comparison to other Batman actors. For example, Christian Bale’s Batman notably changed his voice as a tactical way to prevent Bruce Wayne’s voice from being recognized, while Affleck’s Batman went the Arrow route and used a voice modulator. Pattinson’s version in The Batman seems to come out when Bruce Wayne puts on the suit, which arguably feels closer to portrayals by actors like Michael Keaton and Kevin Conroy.
- The Batman (2022)Release date: Mar 04, 2022
- DC League of Super-Pets (2022)Release date: May 20, 2022
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: Jul 29, 2022
- The Flash (2022)Release date: Nov 04, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022)Release date: Dec 16, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)Release date: Jun 02, 2023
- Batgirl (2022)Release date: Feb 21, 2022
- Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: Aug 18, 2023
90 Day Fiancé: What Happened To Caleb & Alina After Their Painful Break-Up