No matter what comic book role actors get, it’s almost an automatic requirement for them to bulk-up and be fit for the part. Kumail Nanjiani did it for Eternals, and we should expect the same with Robert Pattinson for The Batman. What’s interesting though, is that Pattinson has chosen to ignore his personal trainer’s instructions.
Talking to GQ, Pattinson reveals that he had been given a strict diet and exercise regimen to follow during the lockdown,but he has elected to ignore it. Apparently, it’s also a statement for ‘what’s wrong with Hollywood.’ He says:
“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem… You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped.”
Pattinson has apparently reached out to co-star Zoe Kravitz as well who has been training 5 days a week. Pattinson on the other hand admits, “Literally, I’m just barely doing anything.”
Admittedly, Hollywood has set an impossible standard when it comes to what’s a normal body type, and there have been people online demanding that we get more films showcasing a ‘natural’ human body. I mean, Henry Cavill sure looks good when he takes his shirt off for his Witcher scenes, but he has to dehydrate himself for three days so that his muscles look more defined onscreen. Hugh Jackman pretty much did the same thing whenever he played Wolverine as well.
Then again, a job’s a job, and hopefully Pattinson will be able to get back in shape once shooting restarts for The Batman. If you think about it, it would probably be hard to keep training all this time, especially when we still have no idea how long the hiatus will take. I guess Pattinson is just using his time to do something more fulfilling to him than exercise.
Catch Pattinson in The Batman when it comes out Oct. 1, 2021.