The world was already shooketh with the news that Rob Pattinson is our new caped crusader, but now the tight-lipped actor is finally speaking out about his upcoming leading role as Batman.

Pattinson shed more light on the upcoming project in an interview with Variety. “When that thing leaked, I was f—ing furious,” Pattinson says. “Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing.”

“It was terrifying,” he adds. “I was like, ‘Oh f—! Does that screw me because they are so intent on secrecy?’”

There was some backlash about the casting decision, but he didn’t let it get under his skin. “To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting,” Pattinson says. “It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you.”

He also described trying on the Batsuit for the first time during the final phase of the auditions:

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt [Reeves], ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’ … You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’”

The Batman — a Warner Bros. tentpole from director Matt Reeves — will start shooting this winter, with plans to release in June 2021.

Photo: Matthew Brookes for Variety