Robert Pattinson was officially announced as Ben Affleck's replacement in the Batman film franchise back in May, but the Twilight star is still wondering how he managed to get the special gig.
To many of us, it seems simple. He's 14 years younger then Affleck, as well as a Hollywood household name with the ability to portray completely different characters in various film genres.
But to Pattinson, being cast as the legendary DC Comics figure is beyond comprehension, he explained in an interview with Esquire.
"It's kind of insane," Pattinson said. "I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect. I literally do not understand how I’ve got it, at all."
When it was announced that Pattinson would be succeeding Affleck, it sparked mixed reviews from the DC Universe. That said, Christian Bale and Maggie Gyllenhaal both came to the defense of Pattinson, expressing their confidence in his ability to portray the character.
The previous two Caped Crusader films -Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League - received plenty of negative reviews. A change was needed for the Batman franchise.
Matt Reeves is taking over as the director for The Batman, slated for a 2021 release. Zack Snyder was directing Justice League until he had to step away to deal with the tragic passing of his daughter, Autumn. Joss Whedon replaced Snyder to help complete the film.
Pattinson will be the sixth actor to portray Batman in a live action film. Michael Keaton first took on the role in Batman (1989), and he reprised the role in Batman Returns (1992).
Val Kilmer took over for Keaton in Batman Forever (1995), but he stepped down from the role, and it was passed on to George Clooney for Batman & Robin (1997). But the terrible reception for the latter led to the cancellation of Batman Triumphant.
Following the release of Batman & Robin, it would be another eight years until the Dark Knight hit the big screens again - when Bale was cast in Batman Begins (2005). He portrayed the role for all three films in the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
We'll find out soon enough if Pattinson will be able to follow the footsteps of Keaton and Bale by succeeding in his portrayal of Batman.