To prepare for The Batman, Robert Pattinson dove into comics starring DC’s famous Caped Crusader, discovering a collection of favorites off the beaten path.

As reported by Twitter user @pattinsonphotos and originally printed in Issue 5 of Den of Geek magazine, the actor picked Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious EarthBatman: Damned, Birth of the DemonShaman, and The Man Who Falls as his preferred comics for getting into Bruce Wayne’s mindset. Among these, Pattinson particularly enjoyed Batman: Damned, pointing out that over the course of the story, “[Batman]’s questioning whether he’s even a human.”

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Pattinson’s favorites, while all critically acclaimed stories, are relatively deeper cuts when compared to the usual tales chosen by creators working on Batman live-action movies. Directors Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan, for instance, picked threads from 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns and 1987’s Year One — both written by Frank Miller — as inspiration for their respective takes on Batman, and The Batman director Matt Reeves has also highlighted Year One as a major influence.

In contrast, while Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth has not been the basis of a live-action film, the Grant Morrison-penned and Dave McKean-illustrated graphic novel served as inspiration for Rocksteady Studios’ Arkham trilogy of Batman video games. Renowned for its surreal feel, the story was published in 1989 and features Batman investigating the titular asylum, learning of its sordid history and confronting the depths of his own psyche.

Batman: Damned, published in 2018, is the newest story on Pattinson’s list. Written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo, the Black Label book sees Batman ally with several of DC’s magical characters — including John Constantine, Swamp Thing and Zatanna — to solve the mystery of the Joker’s death, an event Batman cannot recollect.

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Birth of the Demon and Shaman were both written by longtime Batman editor Dennis O’Neil. Birth of the Demon, published in 1993, tells the origin of Ra’s al Ghul via evocative paintings by Norm Breyfogle, one of the foremost Batman illustrators of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Shaman, originally printed in issues #1-5 of the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight anthology series, ran from 1989 to 1990 and was penciled by Ed Hannigan. Picking up where Year One left off, the story delves into Bruce Wayne’s training and reveals he took inspiration from the legends of an ancient bat spirit revered by Alaska’s indigenous people.

The Man Who Falls is the one tale on Pattinson’s list which was also cited as inspiration by Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer for 2005’s Batman Begins. Written by O’Neil and penciled by Dick Giordano, the short story was published in 1989 as part of the Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes trade paperback. It revealed a streamlined origin for Batman that encompassed several of the elements in Batman Begins, including a young Bruce Wayne falling into a cave full of bats and training under the manhunter Henri Ducard.

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Source: Twitter, Den of Geek

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