Actor Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play Batman in Matt Reeves' upcoming superhero film and social media cannot keep calm!
The film titled The Batman is slated to release in June 2021. While sources have said it's not yet a done deal, Robert is the top choice and it's expected to close shortly. Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics movie is expected to start later this year.
Matt, 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 project ever since. Ben was the last actor to play Batman on the big screen in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017's Justice League. Ben and Warner Bros. began discussing the actor-director leaving the Caped Crusader after Justice League.
Multiple reports suggest Robert, 33, is the frontrunner to play the superhero avatar, while other names floating for the role include Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. According to sources, Robert was cast even as Matt continues to polish a final version of the script. He will produce The Batman with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.
If the deal is sealed, the Twilight star will become the youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen. The shoot for the film might start in late 2019 or early 2020. Robert has a total of four films opening this year, beginning with Claire Denis' High Life. He also appears in Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, The King for Netflix and Waiting for the Barbarians.