Sources are reporting that Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play “The Batman” in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021. While sources cannot say it’s a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice. Warner Bros. had no comment.
Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer.
Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” sequels, assumed “Batman” directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been developing the elusive project ever since. Reeves will produce “The Batman” with his “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark.
A former “Twilight” heartthrob and sex symbol who has successfully turned to arthouse films. Pattinson, 33, will become the second-youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen after Christian Bale, who was 31 in “Batman Begins” in 2005. Insiders say filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020, but no official start date has been set for “The Batman.” .
Warner Bros., in giving Reeves plenty of time to wright and develop the script. They are hoping the latest iteration of the DC icon is done right, following the last two disappointments of “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League.”
Pattinson next film he is about to shoot is another film for WB: Christopher Nolan’s event movie co-starring John David Washington. That film is set to open July 17, 2020.
Pattinson has a total of four films opening this year, beginning with Claire Denis’ “High Life.” He also appears in Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” which bows at the Cannes Film Festival, “The King” for Netflix and “Waiting for the Barbarians.”