Whispers and rumours have been circling for a while that Rorbert Pattinson was one of the lead choices to take on the role of Batman, but now it’s official.
Warner Bros. has officially closed a deal with the former Twilight star to play the DC hero in The Batman, the long-in-the-works feature from director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes). The choice for the new Caped Crusader reportedly came down between Pattinson and actor Nicholas Hoult (X-Men, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tolkien). Successful screentests apparently put Pattinson over the line.
Reeves was brought on to take over from Ben Affleck, who was originally to star in and direct the film from a screenplay he had co-written with Geoff Johns. Affleck’s input slowly dwindled, as soon directing reins and the script where handed to Reeves. Affleck, of course, was soon handing in the cowl.
Well, now it looks like they can finally get The Batman going. The film is scheduled to hit US cinemas on June 25, 2021, and while no official shooting start date has been announced as yet, the film is expected to enter pre-production this summer in the States.
It’s a massive career step for Pattinson, who broke out playing the vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, which also starred Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan. Since then, Pattinson has been putting in strong work in very different types of films, particularly with smaller fare. His standout performances and films over recent years include Cosmopolis, The Rover, Life, The Lost City of Z and Claire Denis’ recent heady sci-fi High Life.
Among Pattinson’s projects on the horizon: Netflix film The King (directed by Aussie David Michôd and co-written by Joel Edgerton); drama-horror The Lighthouse (directed by The Witch helmer Robert Eggers and co-starring Willem Dafoe); and Christopher Nolan film Tenet.