After what seems like forever, The Batman finally has its caped crusader. Per Variety, Robert Pattinson is in advanced talks to play The Dark Knight in Matt Reeves‘ upcoming film.
The I’s and T’s aren’t yet dotted and crossed, but the deal is expected to close shortly. Pre-production on the film is set to begin this summer.
This is a decision that makes sense. Pattinson had shed his Twilight skin to become an enigmatic actor, often starring in interesting projects and putting unique spins on his characters. He’s starred in High Life, Good Time, The Lost City Of Z, and Maps To The Stars in the last few years. All demanding roles for different reasons.
Pattinson should have an interesting take on Bruce Wayne/Batman, and it looks like Reeves’ film isn’t going to be some play-it-safe origin story. Rumours had lingered for months that he wanted a younger Batman after previous films had gone with a gruffer, chiseled one with Ben Affleck.
At 33, Pattinson is the second youngest actor to play Batman after Christian Bale, who was 31 when Batman Begins premiered in 2005.
Reeves, who directed the last two Planet Of The Apes sequels, was announced as director in January 2017. Since then, The Batman has remained a secretive project. Word is that Reeves is still polishing the script now. Following the disappointments of the bungled DCEU, Warner Bros. are reportedly giving Reeves plenty of time to develop the script in the hope of something truly great.
This isn’t the only big project Pattinson has lined up. He’s about to shoot another film at Warner Bros., for a previous Batman director. He’ll star in Christopher Nolan‘s currently untitled event film alongside John David Washington. That hits cinemas July 17, 2020.