Robert Pattinson is reigniting an age-old comic book debate: Is Batman a superhero?
The 33-year-old actor, who's set to play the Caped Crusader in director Matt Reeve's upcoming film "The Batman," shared his thoughts on Batman's superhero status while appearing on the "Today" show's "Sunday Sitdown" segment.
"Batman is not a superhero," Pattinson told host Willie Geist. "It’s weird, I always balk at it. It doesn’t count. You need to have, like, magical powers or something."
Batman doesn't possess any inhuman abilities, unlike his DC comic counterparts Superman and Wonder Woman. Instead, Bruce Wayan relies on his riches, intellect and high-tech gadgets to fight crime.
"I mean, he's got a cape, so that's a pretty good start," Geist added.
Pattinson allowed, "Yeah, the cape is there. I give you that one."
Technical superhero or not, in the upcoming film Pattinson's Batman will join forces with Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman to bring vigilante justice to Paul Dano's Riddler, and more.
Pattinson wants the film to do well, but is hoping for more manageable success than his "Twilight" super-fame, which spawned die-hard fans worldwide over his dreamy portrayal of vampire Edward Cullen.
"I mean there’s a part of me that just thinks it’s impossible to kind of be… what happened with 'Twilight,'" he explained. "Because it was just so sudden. And now I’m … hoping it won’t be people hanging out outside my place. I just think I’m kind of boring and old now."
Production begins in January in the United Kingdom. "The Batman" will open in theaters on June 25, 2021.