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Why Robert Pattinson Is the Hot Weirdo Batman

He's told countless of lies and bizarre stories in interviews leading up to the release of the DC movie 'The Batman.'

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Now that Robert Pattinson is about to take on Bruce Wayne like A-listers before him including Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, and George Clooney in this year’s highly anticipated release of Matt Reeves’ DC film The Batman, he’s about to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world… again. He was at one point-when he broke out playing a lovestruck, teenage vampire in the Twilight series. But since then, unless you’re somewhat of a cinephile who’s been closely following his career, he’s largely been out of the mainstream. You see, Robert Pattinson is somewhat of a self-described recluse who has always tried to escape the spotlight. That’s partially why he’s not necessarily one of Hollywood’s go-to golden boys or traditional franchise stars, and the fact that he’s just kind of too weird to be. 

Robert Pattinson has something the other boys on the big screen don’t, though. He is, if you will, a hot weirdo. His perfectly tousled hair, the air of mystery around him, his tendency to be self-deprecating and tell lies in interviews, and his fascinating post-Twilight career choices make it so. Rather than going for more roles in major franchises, he became the brooding poster boy for A24 hypebeasts everywhere, working with indie directors like the Safdie Brothers in Good Time, Claire Denis in High Life, and Robert Eggers in The Lighthouse. Now, as he transitions back into being the center of attention with the March 4th release of The Batman, he’s continuing not to lean into the Hollywood leading man playbook. Instead, he’s been embracing being the weirdo that he is on his recent press tour.

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Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Given his career moves of late, it may seem surprising that Pattinson decided to play Batman, one of the most buzzed-about roles an actor can get. He did, though, because he sees the part as no different from any of the other weirdo roles he’s played-like a lighthouse keeper who has sex with a mermaid. “My agents were like, ‘Oh, interesting. I thought you only wanted to play total freaks?'” he recently told Variety. “And I was like, ‘He is a freak!'”

While you’ll have to wait to see how he interprets that “freak” in Reeves’ neo-noir- and Kurt Cobain-inspired film, he’s been making himself akin to what he’s described as the “emo,” “nihilistic,” “weirdo” Dark Knight in countless interviews leading up to the release. He’s actually been doing so since 2020 when he appeared in a GQ cover story in which he talked about his anxieties, past collaborators called him “meta,” and he lied about not getting in shape for The Batman-recently saying that it was too “embarrassing” to admit that he was. He also went viral for saying he was working on developing a revolting-sounding microwavable pasta. It remains unclear if he was being somewhat serious about that-like it was some inside joke that he had with only himself-or it was a complete fabrication, as he told GQ in a February 2022 profile that he’s been a compulsive liar all his life in both interviews and socially.

So, he basically spent the entire profile explaining how strange he is-but in a hot way, because you just can’t quite put your finger on what really goes on in his head (and they styled him in the photo shoot like a sexy, tattooed-, tooth-gem-wearing villain from a ’90s hacker thriller). The lies are truly a source of Pattinson’s weirdo mystery, though, and thankfully in the interview he broke down some of the infamous ones he told growing up-if you had met him when he was in high school, you would have believed him to be a rapper, a skateboarder, and a drug dealer who smuggles his supply through floppy disks. (From following many Rob lies over the years, it seems as though the art to detecting whether they’re true or false is to assess how detailed he’s being, and how nervous he is-like, for example, this clip of him talking about taking care of snails. From that equation, it seems, copious Rob lies are born.) In speaking more specifically about the role, he’s also been strange. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, he said he watched videos of bats fighting in preparation, that he used a different, whispery voice for two weeks of filming before the crew told him that it wasn’t it, and during early costume meetings, he suggested they “go really, really Kurt Cobain” and let him wear a dress and Bugs Bunny slippers as Bruce. In other on-camera interviews, he shared a story that sounds like total bullshit, saying the first thing he did when he found out that he landed the role was sit in “the garden” and yell, “Why me? Why all these blessings?” at the sun.

Given (gestures) all of that, DC fans might be skeptical of Rob Pattinson taking on Bruce Wayne. Rob Pattinson fans, though-ones like myself, who love and embrace the hot weirdo that he is-can tell we’re in for quite a performance, especially with how eccentric he’s been leading up to the release. Director Matt Reeves actually spoke about hesitancy around Pattinson’s casting in an interview with Esquire, saying, “The people who were excited, I knew it was because they knew Rob’s work post-Twilight. The people who weren’t excited, I knew it was because they didn’t know Rob’s work post-Twilight.” I, for one, loved him in Twilight (Team Edward, forever and always) and everything he’s done since-from Good Time to Reddit AMAs where he said his life outside of acting “sucks” and he spoke at length about his obsession with the hip hop group Death Grips. I’m ready for my Batman-as the Zoë Kravitz meme saysto step into the spotlight and for his weirdness to be what helps propel him back to blockbuster success.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Sadie Bell is the entertainment associate editor at Thrillist. She’s on Twitter and Instagram.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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