"The Batman" star Robert Pattinson expected an even harsher backlash to his casting as the Caped Crusader.
The 33-year-old actor will don the famous cowl when he plays the Caped Crusader in screenwriter Matt Reeves' upcoming comic book blockbuster, and while some fans have voiced their disapproval of the casting - including a Charge.org petition to have him removed from the role - he insisted it could have been worse.
Speaking to Variety, he said: "To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting. It's much more fun when you're an underdog. There's no expectation of you."
Rather than worrying about public reaction, Pattinson revealed he was actually more "upset" about the casting news leaking before an official announcement.
He admitted: "When that thing leaked, I was f***ing furious. Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing."