Metal Gear Solid Creator Hideo Kojima Loves Robert Pattinson’s Batman Muscles

Hideo Kojima praises Robert Pattinson’s performance in The Batman, especially what his muscles reveal about Bruce Wayne’s character.

Solid metal gear creator Hideo Kojima reflects on Robert Pattinson’s performance in The Batman but, in Kojima’s way, not in the way one might expect.

In a breakdown on Twitter, Kojima praised director Matt Reeves for filming Pattinson in a way that allowed the actor’s physique to tell its own story. “Robert’s own presence and acting ability is great, but the director has a good way of showing it,” the video game developer said. “The scene in which he pushes a heavy object inside with his bare upper body. Here he gives the impression of flexible back muscles like a ballet dancer, not hard muscles from muscle training and protein soak.” Kojima also noted a scene in which Bruce wears sunglasses while inside.

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Kojima then analyzed what this vision of Bruce Wayne meant thematically, comparing it to previous on-screen depictions of Bruce Wayne’s muscles. “Usually they show his muscles during practice scenes, or the nude during shower scenes or while healing wounds in the toilet (like sewing scenes),” he said. “Normally they would show him wearing sunglasses while driving a convertible during the day. But in Gotham City this time, it’s dark even during the day, so that’s not necessary.” Kojima also suggested that Pattinson pay homage to his infamous portrayal of Edward Cullen in dusk.

Pattinson has previously explained that when he first met Reeves, he admired the director’s withdrawn, Kurt Cobain-like vision for Batman’s alter ego. “He had a really interesting take,” the actor said. “It was Kurt Cobain, Nirvana references, and as soon as he said it, I was like, ‘Oh! Right.’ That’s definitely a different angle on Bruce [Wayne] that we’ve never really seen before.”

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Reeves also confirmed that Nirvana “Something in the Way” – a song very present in The BatmanThe theatrical trailer and soundtrack of – directly inspired Wayne’s behavioral patterns, describing him as a cross between “Gus Van Sant’s Last daysand the idea that this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain is in this kind of decaying mansion.” Unlike previous incarnations of Batman, The Batman sparingly featured Pattinson out of the Batsuit and even demonstrated a more strained relationship with his butler compared to other Batman/Alfred movie dynamics.

Kojima, who revolutionized the video game industry with his iconic metal gear franchise, released its first post-Konami game Death Stranding in 2019 under the developer’s Kojima Productions banner. The game has since received a Director’s Cut for the PlayStation 5 and will likely be ported to PC, according to recent leaks.

The Batman is currently in theaters.

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