Robert Pattinson says Batman scenes are so violent it felt like real fight

Robert Pattinson has made Batman darker than ever.

The Hollywood hunk, 35, takes on the role for the latest film in the superhero franchise.

His caped crusader is tormented, angry and downbeat as he battles criminals in the fictional city of Gotham.

London-born Rob, pictured below, warns fans “The Batman” is a bleak affair.

He said: “Batman is committed to the darkness and nihilism. He doesn’t think Gotham City is capable of healing itself but is rather on a downward spiral, and believes he’s just fighting a hopeless battle that will end in defeat.

“The fights he has seem very personal. The reason why he outmatches these people is because every time he’s fighting a stranger it’s as if they have personally harmed him.

“Ultimately that’s not a winning strategy because if you are fighting too emotionally you will make mistakes and you’ll lose.

“But, I don’t think he cares about surviving at all. He just wants to inflict pain, inflict his form of questionable justice.”

Batman, aka billionaire Bruce Wayne, takes on a string of adversaries in the film.

The fight scenes are so violent and authentic that Rob admits they almost felt real on set.

He added: “We mostly concentrated on specific combinations without putting them in the context of the fight, then we’d practise a few sets of different combinations.

“In the end it felt more reactive and closer to a real fight because you’re really watching the person who you’re fighting with rather than just memorising it like steps in a dance.”

“The Batman” sees the hero on the hunt for a serial killer – villain The Riddler, played by Paul Dano – who leaves riddles at every murder.

Along the way he comes face-to-face with slimy nightclub boss Penguin, played by Colin Farrell.

The movie, which came out on Friday, is expected to become a box office sensation.

Rob has starred in countless blockbusters over the years, including films in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.

But playing Batman is likely to become the biggest role of his career.

It means following in the footsteps of movie icons George Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton.

Rob admits he felt the pressure when he was on set.

He said: “You put on that suit for the first time and you can feel the unbelievable level of power in it.

“There’s so much history invested in the iconography, and so many people connect to it on such a deep level for so many different reasons.

“You can feel that when you put it on; you can feel that weight and responsibility.

“You have some level of responsibility to the people who’ve invested so much in the character.

“It’s the same way that Bruce feels a responsibility to Gotham in a lot of ways. It’s a great feeling though.”

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