After waiting for Warner Bros. and DC Comics to confirm whether they’re making a new Batman movie, we finally get news that former millennial vampire posterboy Robert Pattinson is in talks to play the Caped Crusader, as reported by Variety.
According to Variety, the deal isn’t done yet and although Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron-Taylor Johnson are in line, Pattinson is the top choice for the role. Pre-production is expected to begin in June.
The Batman movie was originally a project by Ben Affleck, who was supposed to write, direct and reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Affleck was great in the role, but the movies were… meh. With toxic fanboys spitting hate early on, there was doubt that the movie was even going to be made.
Affleck passed the role of director to Matt Reeves, who was the director behind Cloverfield and the last two Planet of the Apes sequels. Reeves will produce the movie with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.
If 33-year old Pattinson is confirmed to play Batman, he will be the second youngest actor to play the title character since Christian Bale, who first appeared in Batman Begins at 31.
An American pop culture icon played by another Brit? We don’t care, Pattison’s great as an actor. And boo to you if you only know him from his Twilight days, go do your homework.
The plot for The Batman is still unknown, but Reeves told the Hollywood Reporter that “You can’t have Batman without a villain. There will be a rogues gallery.” That’s hot. Since Reeves is taking on a younger version of Batman, we could have Pattinson play him for a few years if the movie does well.
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