Robert Pattinson top choice to play the next Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves ‘THE BATMAN’
Robert Pattinson is in line to play “the world’s greatest detective” in Matt Reeves ‘The Batman’.
Sources tell Variety the 33-year-old is Warner Bros. top choice to star as DC’s next caped crusader.
While a deal has not been finalized, sources over at Deadline add that ‘Mad Max Fury Road’s’ Nicholas Hoult is also on Warner Bros. short list with Pattinson “holding the edge”. If a deal proves successful, Pattinson will become the sixth actor to don the Batsuit since Michael Keaton’s iconic portrayal in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman adaptation.
Warner Bros. search for a new Dark Knight comes on the heels of Ben Affleck’s decision to opt-out of his final film after three appearances in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’, ‘Justice League’, and a brief appearance in ‘Suicide Squad’. With one film remaining on Affleck's contract, the question ultimately came down to whether or not Warner Bros. and DC were committed to a Justice League sequel or a hard reboot.
According to Reeves, his noir-detective version of the Dark Knight will feature a "thrilling" and "emotional" story that will allow for the "world's greatest detective" to undergo a transformative character arc.
Say what you will about Twilight - which I unabashedly still approve of - it’s time we stop associating Robert Pattinson as a teen heartthrob and start talking about his stellar resume (see - “Tyler Hawkins” in ‘Remember Me’, or “Henry Costin” in ‘Lost City of ZED’, to “Connie Nikas” in ‘Good Time’’ - three of my personal faves to name a few). Of course, no one is saying there isn’t a better ‘fit’. I just think casting got this one right. Time will tell.
Pre-production on ‘The Batman’ is slated to begin this Summer with a worldwide release set on June 25, 2021.