"I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect," the "Twilight" star explained.
And it looks like the "Twilight" star was scratching his head as well as he claims to be gobsmacked at the idea of donning the Caped Crusader costume.
"It's kind of insane," the 33-year-old actor told Esquire UK in an interview on Thursday. "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."
That's quite a shocking admission from the British matinee idol as he is garnering Oscar talk with his latest role in "The Lighthouse". Even his co-star in the film, Willem Dafoe, doesn't understand why Pattinson would be in the dark about the casting decision. "He certainly has the jaw for it," Dafoe dished to the publication.
Back in May, Warner Bros. Pictures reported Pattinson would play Bruce Wayne in a new film called The Batman directed by Matt Reeves and expected to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. He reportedly beat out another British thespian -- Nicholas Hoult.
The social media backlash was intense. Fans did not envision the teen heartthrob who played a sparkling vampire claiming the iconic superhero role. But Pattinson took it all in stride. "To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting," he told Variety at the time. "It's much more fun when you're an underdog. There's no expectation of you."
And he has his fair share of supporters, including "The Lighthouse" writer/director Robert Eggers. "Even in the 'Twilight' years I never said, 'Oh, he's just a pretty boy,'" Eggers told Esquire. "I always thought there was something interesting about him. I could tell that he wanted to be a great actor. And in the past years it's been very clear that he is."
We can't wait to see what transpires when Pattinson steps into the latex boots, well worn by the likes of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. And, of course, Adam West.