It’s Official: Robert Pattinson Is Your Next Caped Crusader
He’s the man behind our favorite ill-fated Hufflepuff and the alluringly sparkly Edward Cullen of Twilight fame. And now, he’s the man behind the mask as well.
Variety finally confirmed this afternoon that Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) has been officially cast in the role of the Dark Knight for Matt Reeves’ upcoming superhero flick The Batman. Pattinson takes up the cowl from Ben Affleck, who played Batman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League.
Rumors began swirling around the middle of this month that Pattinson was among the finalists for the part, but with Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, Warm Bodies) still in the conversation as well, nothing was final as Warner Bros. and DC Comics presumably worked their way through a rigorous slate of screen tests to determine the best fit for the iconic character. DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee created additional buzz last week when he posted a photo to Instagram that included a tablet on which Pattinson’s name was prominently displayed.
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Warner Bros. closed the deal today at last, and Variety says preproduction on The Batman is expected to begin this summer. No word yet on when filming will commence, but the movie is slated for a June 25, 2021, release in theaters.
After Pattinson’s name was first mentioned as a potential replacement for Affleck in February, fans began amusing themselves with mockups of what the actor could look like in full Bat-regalia, such as the one below, posted by the Box Office Artist.
Looks just about perfect to us! What do YOU think of Pattinson’s casting as Batman? Sound off in the comments!