Robert Pattinson is the next in line to bring the Caped Crusader to life. There have been many before, but each one has always added something unique to the character. In an interview with the magazine Presente, the actor talked about his take on the character in March’s The Batman, as well as offering some insight into his take on the DC icon’s essential “no-kill” rule. In the interview, he went on to offer two perspectives on it.
There is this rule with Batman: he must not kill. It can be interpreted in two ways. Either he only wants to inflict the appropriate punishment, or he wants to kill and his self-control prevents him from doing so.Robert Pattinson
The actor goes on to point out that he took that rule to heart when approaching the action sequences, as that limitation he set upon himself also becomes an essential aspect in how he takes on the crime in Gotham.
I imagined it that way from the rehearsal of the first fight, I thought it was funnier: something in him just wanted to slit the guy’s throat! I told myself that if he spends his nights chasing criminals, it is impossible that he does not take pleasure in it. He suffers and it is a desire that overwhelms him. And by dint of knocking, his mind clears, he calms down, he reaches a state close to plenitude. I’m sure in this first fight, he manages to convince himself that every guy in front of him is the one who killed his mother (Laughs.) And so that allows him to vent all his rage.
It’s not an uncommon interpretation, as some versions of the character always pointed out that killing is just the easy way out, such as in Batman: Under the Red Hood. With all his gadgets and training, he could easily kill his enemies. Even Christopher Nolan’s version of the character had revisited that very concept when he’s confronted with the choice next to Ra’s Al Ghul. Pattinson‘s version sounds to have a much darker core, which matches the fact he has the gun that killed his parents on his chest at all times.