Warner Bros officially approved the next Batman for Matt Reeves’ 2021 film, Robert Pattinson.
After what seemed like a guarantee, Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult had to screen-test for the official Batman role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. With big shoes to fill, the decision came down to this and was subsequently made.
According to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr., Warner Bros officially approved Pattinson as the next Caped Crusader.
The studio, which was torn on its decision, wanted both Pattinson and Hoult on tape, Fleming added. Their choice was made Thursday, officially handing this classic character’s keys to the 33-year-old actor.
Pattinson became known for his role in the Twilight Saga, but has since appeared in High Life and will take part in Christopher Nolan’s next film, which is set for 2020. His profile is rising with the latter and taking on this main DC Extended Universe role.
This official decision replaces Ben Affleck as Batman. The veteran actor handled this role in Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Both were critical disappointments, but Affleck was scheduled to direct and star in The Batman, until his role shrunk to just playing Bruce Wayne and eventually stepping down earlier this year.
The Batman lineage goes beyond Affleck. Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Adam West are some of the most noteworthy actors to handle this role, so Pattinson has large shoes to fill.
The final product will not arrive until June 25, 2021, so the build-up towards Pattinson taking this titular role has a long road to travel. It will join a revamped DCEU, which will bring films like Birds of Prey, The Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman 1984 to the big screen.