Robert Pattinson has been typically self-deprecating about being cast as Batman, saying he never thought of it as a "realistic prospect".
The Hollywood star will take on the iconic superhero role in Matt Reeves' The Batman, the first in a trilogy of new films, which will be released in 2021.
"It's kind of insane," the actor told Esquire UK. "I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect. I literally do not understand how I've got it, at all."
The appointment of a new Batman comes after Ben Affleck confirmed he would be stepping down from the role after starring in Batman v Superman and Justice League.
While Pattinson may have misgivings about his casting, his former co-star and girlfriend Kristen Stewart recently championed it.
"I feel like he's the only guy that could play that part," the actress told Variety. "I'm so happy for him. It's crazy. I'm very, very happy about that. I heard that and I was like, 'Oh man!' It's awesome."
Pattinson - who became an international heartthrob after playing lead vampire Edward Cullen alongside Stewart in the Twilight franchise - also spoke about the impact of fame that he endured at such a young age.
"For a long time you're very self-conscious in the street," he recalled. "You're hiding a lot, so [on set] you have an excuse to be wild. It's like being an adrenaline junkie. And also, when you don't know how to do something, why not just run headfirst into a wall? See what happens. I haven't got any other ideas."
Pattinson latest film is alongside Willem Defoe in thriller The Lighthouse.
From Harper's Bazaar U.K.