Robert Pattinson Takes Over As The Caped Crusader In Batman Reboot
After Ben Affleck announced his departure from the role of Batman, Hollywood was awash with stars throwing their metaphorical hat in the figurative ring. Anyone with a strong jaw-line and broad shoulders stepped forward, with betting sites and fan reddits all citing the pros and cons of each actor like the producers going through contestants on The Bachelor.
Now, it seems a decision is close to being made and the person set to take over the role of the famed caped crusader is Robert Pattinson.
Pattinson is no stranger to a franchise, having starred in Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire and then shooting to fame in the Twilight series. Since then, he’s opted for more obscure, indie films but has still be proving his acting chops alongside some veterans of the screen. Now, he’s in talks to play the Dark Knight himself and although sources are unsure whether a deal has been sealed, it has been revealed that the actor is currently the top choice with the casting to be decided very soon.
After the reception that met Batman vs Superman was less than favourable, it’s hoped that The Batman reboot will breathe new life into the franchise and one of DC’s most iconic characters. Should Pattinson secure the role of Bruce Wayne, he’ll be the youngest actor to ever play Batman on the screen, at the age of just 32. It makes sense however, particularly given the fact that The Batman wants to feature a younger Bruce Wayne at the start of his superhero career.
According to reports from Variety, pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics film is expected to start this summer, with Matt Reeves signing on to direct, alongside his collaborator from the last two Planet of the Apes sequels, Dylan Clark.
Reeves takes over the mantle from Ben Affleck, who earlier this year resigned from the Director’s chair after claiming that he “couldn’t come up with a version – I couldn’t crack it.” In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Affleck said, “It was time to let someone take a shot at it. They’ve got some really good people, so I’m excited.”
It’s a busy time for Pattinson, who already has four films set to open this year, including Claire Denis’ High Life, Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, Netflix-produced The King and Waiting for the Barbarians. This is, of course, on top of his work for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming drama, which is set to open in July, 2020.