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Robert Pattinson tried to keep The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan in the dark about his Batman audition — and failed

By Jacob Oller
The Batman

Going from Tenet to The Batman is a one-two genre punch that's hard to imagine anyone pulling off and staying sane besides noted weirdo Robert Pattinson. The Twilight and indie star actually auditioned to be the new Bruce Wayne during production on the former film...and he apparently tried to hide this fact from The Dark Knight trilogy's own Christopher Nolan. C'mon, man. Nobody does moviemaking secrecy like Nolan!

This lie came from Pattinson in full skipping-school or ditching-a-shift mode — kinda lazy and totally transparent, especially from someone well-versed in high-profile genre filmmaking. Speaking to the Irish Times, Pattinson explained how he tried to pull one over on the former Batman director.

“It’s funny because Chris is so secretive about everything to do with his movies,” Pattinson said. “And then I had to be really secretive about Batman stuff. So I had to lie to Chris about having to go for a screen test — I said I had a family emergency. And as soon as I said ‘It’s a family emergency,’ he said, ‘You’re doing the Batman audition, aren’t you?’”

Oops. Bluff called, R-Batz. Nolan would definitely be the person to out Bruce Wayne as Batman in the comics. No chill, that guy. Pattinson also touches on how Tenet helped his Batman training routine, mostly by having him keep up with co-star Washington.

“When I’m running on screen I’m generally paired with John David who is an ex-NFL player so it was the most unfair thing in the world,” Pattinson said. “The maximum workout I do most of the time is a casual stroll. John David can run all day long. It was good that I ended up being pretty fit. But definitely, at the beginning, there were days I just could not walk afterwards.”

Director Matt Reeves' The Batman hits theaters on Oct. 1, 2021 while Tenet looks to hit international theaters starting on Aug. 26, with U.S. markets getting the film on Sept. 3.