Twilight fans rejoice!
He will always be known as Edward Cullen but Robert Pattinson is officially the new Batman!
Warner Brothers has sealed the deal and the MTV-Award wining actor is set to portray this new incarnation of the Caped Crusader in the upcoming version directed by Matt Reeves. This is the same Batman film that posed a lot of trouble and intrigue from its inception. Initially the film had Ben Affleck starring and directing this first solo film of the Dark Knight, but after the script was changed to portray a younger Bruce Wayne, Affleck was out of the role but still stayed on as director. Months of silence while the project languished in limbo gave rise to an initial speculation that finally became fact, and that Affleck was out of the picture totally and Matt Reeves has stepped into the directorial chair. Fans also had their own theories and were hoping against hope that Ben would still make an appearance in the film even if for just a cameo tying this younger portrayal of the billionaire-hero to the current incarnation of Batman as portrayed thrice by Ben Affleck in Batman Vs Superman, Suicide Squad and the much maligned, Justice League.
Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” sequels, assumed “Batman” directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017. Reeves will produce “The Batman” with his “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark.
Pattinson is currently starring with John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Tenet,” set to open July 17, 2020. He is also in the film “The Lighthouse,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and appeared in Claire Denis’ “High Life,” “The King” for Netflix and “Waiting for the Barbarians.”
Although pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics film is expected to start this summer, an official start date for filming has yet to be determined.
The Batman is expected to open on June 25, 2021.