Robert Pattinson top contender to be DC's next Batman

Published: May 17, 2019
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Actor Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming superhero film. The film titled The Batman is slated to release in June, 2021.

While sources have revealed it is not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice for makers, reported Variety. Pre-production on the Warner Bros project is expected to start later this year.

PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Reeves, the film-maker behind the last two Planet of the Apes sequels, assumed Batman directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been working on the venture since. Affleck was the last actor to play the comic book character on the big screen in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League.

Affleck and Warner Bros began discussing the actor-director’s exit as the ‘Caped Crusader’ after Justice League.

PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

Multiple reports suggest Pattinson, 33, is the frontrunner to play Gotham’s dark knight, while other names floating for the role include Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

According to the publication, the Remember Me star was cast even as Reeves continued to polish a final version of the script. Reeves will produce The Batman with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

PHOTO: BOSSLOGIC/INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: BOSSLOGIC/INSTAGRAM

If the deal is sealed, Pattinson will become the youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen.

Some fans aren’t sure if the actor would be able to do justice to DC’s superhero.

Others, however, think the actor would knock it out of the park!

Shooting for the film will reportedly commence in late 2019 or early 2020.

Pattinson has a total of four films opening this year, beginning with Claire Denis’ High Life. He will also appear in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, The King for Netflix and Waiting for the Barbarians.

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