Set to debut in The Batman, released in June 2021
Twilight star Robert Pattinson has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming movie reboot The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and set for release in June 2021. While the casting is yet to be officially announced, it has been reported by most of the Hollywood press, with Reeves himself appearing to confirm the news on Twitter:
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) June 3, 2019
The most recent portrayal of Batman on the big screen was the older version played by Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. Affleck had been working with Reeves himself on the solo movie, but after the disappointing fan reaction and critical mauling of the three earlier films had dropped out, with the studio, Warner Bros, looking for a change in direction.
That has led them to the younger casting of Pattinson. The 33-year-old actor had been linked to the role since the start of the year, with it later emerging that he was actually one of several possible contenders, and rumoured to have made it down to the final two alongside Nicholas Hoult.
Reactions to Pattinson’s casting have been mixed. His co-star from The Lighthouse, Willem Dafoe, praised the decision, saying, “He’s got a strong chin. That’s part of it. Can you imagine anyone with a weak chin playing Batman? I don’t think so.” Some fans launched an online petition to have the role recast, while others recalled Pattinson saying “I’m Batman” on a Twilight DVD commentary:
— ••• 👑🦁 ••• (@rkandcinema) May 17, 2019
It’s thought that Pattinson will begin shooting The Batman as soon as his work on filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s next film, High Life, is completed later this year. Nolan, of course, directed The Dark Knight Trilogy, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Little is known about Reeves’ script, although rumours point to it featuring a range of Batman villains, and potentially a new Robin.