English actor, model and musician Robert Pattinson is currently in negotiations to play the Matt Reeves-helmed The Batman. “While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly. Warner Bros. had no comment,” Variety reported.
The 33-year-old Pattinson first got his claim to fame when he took on the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Shortly after, he was cast as Edward Cullen, the heartthrob vampire, in the Twilight saga. It was this bloodsucking role (or lack thereof) which shot him to superstardom.
Pattinson’s career was relatively left on the down low in recent years as he began taking on roles in smaller films such as Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg), High Life (Claire Denis), and Good Time (Josh and Benny Safdie). If the casting rumours are true, playing Bruce Wayne would be his career’s biggest leap yet (step aside, Batfleck, here comes Patman). But it would also make him the youngest actor to ever play Batman on the silver screen. This bodes well with what Reeves has been hinting: he’s going to be a younger Batman.
According to io9, Reeves has been working on the script for The Batman for some time and he’s still working on it. “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films,” io9 quoted Reeves as saying.
“The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation,” Reeves added.
The Batman will reboot the property after Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Warner Bros. Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. The Batman is scheduled to hits theatres 25 June 2021.
Sources: Variety, io9