We finally have our new Batman, and you might want to phone your friends about this. Maybe.
Rumors are swirling all over the internet about who will replace Ben Affleck as the Bruce Wayne in director Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.
Last night, reports announced that Twilight star Robert Pattinson signed on to portray Batman in the 2021 film. Hours later, conflicting news came out saying that while Pattinson is the front runner, Nicholas Hoult of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Tolkien fame was also a finalist for the role.
The dueling reports came from entertainment news outlets. Neither actor’s official “people” have commented on the matter. You have to admit that Pattinson might add a certain quality of beauty to the film, however.
The Batman was originally being written, directed, produced, and starred in by Affleck. He slowly stepped down from each of those roles, allowing Reeves to take his place as director and co-producer. The 53-year old is most notable for directing Cloverfield and the new Planet of the Apes sequels.
Due to the nature of the story, casting Affleck just wouldn’t work anyway. Reeves has stated that the film will be a standalone Batman movie in the vein of a noir-style, depression type detective story.
The film will reportedly feature the 30-year-old Bruce Wayne, looking to find his way in Gotham City. It is not, however a rehash of his origin story.
Even without an official Batman or a shooting date, The Batman is scheduled for release in theatres on June 25, 2021.
While we were all forced to spend some time wondering whether or not Pattinson would be the final pick, we now know.
Though he may be a seemingly unconventional pick, it’s definitely happening. The once-shimmering vampire love interest will be our next Dark Knight.
In all seriousness, we really shouldn’t judge the actor for his role in the Twilight saga. (Though if we go in with low expectations, we might be even more pleasantly surprised.) Besides, he clearly has the broody masculinity thing down pat – and his jawline is the right shape.
With DC desperately trying to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ll just have to trust Reeves’s judgement on this one.