Robert Pattinson has been cast as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves' The Batman. Though Reeves is still working on the script for the film, Pattinson has already been brought aboard to play the titular Dark Knight.
Now that Ben Affleck has officially taken off Batman's cowl, Warner Bros. is heading in a different direction with the Caped Crusader post-Justice League - and that new direction includes The Batman from Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Aside from a few hints and clues aimed at the upcoming film, little is known about Warner Bros.' new take on Batman. However, things are now starting to shape up now that The Batman has secured an actor in the lead role.
According to Variety, Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves' The Batman, not long before the film is expected to officially begin pre-production. However, Deadline also reports that casting may not be entirely official, as Reeves may also be considering Nicholas Hoult for the role. Though very little else has been revealed about the film, its July 17, 2020 release date, as well as this new casting development, should see official production starting by the end of the year, if not early 2020.
Casting rumors for The Batman have been going strong ever since Affleck officially called it quits. Oscar Isaac recently denied rumors that he had been cast, but stated that he wasn't opposed to playing Batman if he was officially offered the role. Armie Hammer was another name being thrown around as a possible contender, though his involvement was also based purely in rumors. As for Pattinson, some fan art had circulated a few months ago depicting him as Wayne well before any official talk of his involvement was made public.
Assuming Pattinson does edge out the competition and nab the role, it'd mark yet another exciting - if not unexpected - role for the actor. After finishing the Twilight series, Pattinson has starred in quite an eclectic string of films over the years, including David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, The Lost City of Z, and Good Time. This year alone, he has four different projects worth the attention, including Robert Eggers' The Witch follow-up, The Lighthouse, opposite Willem Dafoe, and Claire Denis' sci-fi film High Life. Then again, the Batman role may end up going to someone else entirely, so, until the final decision is made, may the best Bruce Wayne win.
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021