Our very popular Edward Cullen has surely grown by leaps and bounds otherwise why would he be approached for such an iconic role, right? He’s going from sex symbol to bat symbol. Sources tell Variety that Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play “The Batman” in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021.
While sources also say this it’s not yet a confirmed deal, Pattinson is the one who stands the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly. Warner Bros. had no comments about this, though.Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics flick is expected to start this summer itself.
Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” sequels, assumed “Batman” directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been working on the big project ever since. Affleck and Warner Bros. began discussing the actor-director leaving the Caped Crusader behind after “Justice League,” allowing Reeves to choose his own Bruce Wayne.
Reeves will produce “The Batman” along with his “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark. The former “Twilight” heartthrob who has quite successfully turned to arthouse fare, Pattinson, aged 33, becomes the second-youngest actor ever to play Batman on the big screen after Christian Bale, who was just 31 when “Batman Begins” premiered in 2005.
Warner Bros. is allowing Reeves a good amount of time to develop the script, and is hoping the latest iteration of the DC icon is perfectly done, keeping in mind the disappointments of “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League.”
Pattinson is also to start another shoot for a WB film: Christopher Nolan’s event movie co-starring John David Washington, which is set to release July 17, 2020.Talking about Pattinson, he has a total of four films coming this year, beginning with Claire Denis’ “High Life.” He also makes an appearance in Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” which bows at the Cannes Film Festival, “The King” for Netflix and “Waiting for the Barbarians.”
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