Robert Pattinson said the age rating assigned to The Batman in the UK is “a disaster”.
In a clip that has gone viral on Twitter, Pattinson finds out during an interview that no one under the age of 15 will be able to see his superhero movie in a UK cinema.
It was a journalist from the Unilad site, Cameron Frew, who broke the news on screen to the British actor and his co-star Zoë Kravitz. In the clip posted by Frew, Pattinson looks incredulous.
“Is that true? No way. What happened?” he asked, laughing. “I did not even know.”
He jokingly added, “Oh no, it’s a disaster,” then asked, “Black Knight wasn’t a 15?”
Kravitz, unfamiliar with the British system, tried to figure out what the American equivalent would be. Pattinson explained that a rating of 15 is similar to PG-13 but even stricter, as those under 15 will not be allowed to see The Batman to the cinema with their parents. Kravitz replied, “Oh wow.”
The British Board of Film Classification determines ratings in the UK and is renowned The Batman a 15 film because it includes “strong menace” and violence.
In Belfast, however, local authorities have given the film a special rating of 15A, meaning those under 15 can enter with their parents. In the United States, the film is rated PG-13. Christian Bale’s turn as Batman in the 2008 film The black Knight was ranked 12 in the UK
Pattinson’s surprise reaction prompted hundreds of replies and retweets, as well as thousands of likes. In response to Frew’s clip, @BetgeriYash posted a screenshot and wrote, “This has so much meme potential.”
Another Twitter user, @johnnyboyfilmf1, compared the image to a recent meme of Timothée Chalamet’s excited reaction in an interview as Zendaya sat next to him, looking unimpressed.
The Batman is in theaters now, starring Pattinson and Kravitz alongside Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro and Peter Sarsgaard. Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig (The city).
The film received largely positive reviews, although some critics described Pattinson’s performance as the most “emo” rendition of Batman to date.
The Batman the story will lead directly into an HBO spin-off series for Farrell’s character, Penguin. This will be DC Comics’ second series to spin off one of its recent films following the success of John Cena. Peacemaker monitoring The Suicide Squad.