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The Real Reason Robert Pattinson's Scenes In The Batman Required So Many Takes

The story of Bruce Wayne is a well-known one. Film audiences have been following the life of the billionaire secret vigilante, orphaned in his youth and left to the care of his loyal butler Alfred, since Adam West first played the character on the big screen in 1966 (via IMDb). While the superhero is one of the most prolific of our modern times and has had many iterations in film, movie-goers are still eager to see more of the caped crusader — and Matt Reeves' "The Batman" might just be one of the most anticipated adaptations yet.

Starring Robert Pattinson as Batman himself, the film follows a young Batman during his early days of crime-fighting in Gotham, squaring up against iconic villains like the Penguin (Colin Farrell) and the Riddler (Paul Dano). Pattinson, an accomplished actor now very far from his "Twilight" days, is well-suited to the role. But as the likes of Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, and Christian Bale have already found out, playing the dual personalities of Batman and Bruce Wayne can be quite a challenge.

It was difficult to act with Batman's iconic mask on

In an interview with MovieMaker, Robert Pattinson reveals his biggest challenges when filming "The Batman." The actor says he was initially alarmed Matt Reeves requested so many takes. However, he soon realized he needed to bring more nuance to his portrayals of both Bruce Wayne and Batman. In particular, he had to pay close attention to his performance while wearing Batman's famous mask.

"There's a whole different language, body language, you have to learn to make it do what you want it to do," Pattinson says of acting with the mask. "If you look too much into the light, it looks completely ridiculous, and you're wearing a Halloween costume. But if you're like two millimeters down, it's like — oh, that's completely totemic, and like it looks exactly how it's supposed to look. But to learn how to feel that and learn how to react to how the light hits it, takes forever."

If the trailers and early buzz are any indication, that focused attention to detail certainly paid off. Audiences can see Pattinson's take on the famed crime fighter when "The Batman" hits theaters March 4.