Multiple sources are now reporting that Robert Pattinson is taking the role of Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves film. Variety was the first to report the casting, which would make Pattinson the youngest actor to play the Dark Knight on the big screen. Pattinson will join the ranks of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck; all five actors played Batman at one point in their career. We should also mention that Will Arnett voice Batman in the LEGO movies, it should still count.

Affleck stepped out of the role after the DC film “Justice League” in 2018. Affleck was also the film’s original director, but after taking off the cowl, the chair went to Matt Reeves. Production on the film is expected to begin later this summer, with Warner Bros. Pictures shooting for a June 25, 2021 release date.

Pattinson recently starred in the A24 thriller “High Life” from director Claire Denis. The actor also starred with Willem Dafoe in the fantasy drama “The Lighthouse.” Other projects that Pattinson has in the works are “The Devil all the Time” from director Antonio Campos, starring alongside Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, and Sebastian Stan, and the bio-drama “The King” with Ben Mendelsohn, Timothée Chalamet, and Dean-Charles Chapman. Down the road, Pattinson is expected to star in “Waiting for the Barbarians” with Johnny Depp, and will star in an untitled Christopher Nolan project with Elizabeth Debicki. The fun connection there, of course, is that Nolan directed three Batman films.

Warner Bros. Pictures has yet to confirm Pattinson’s casting, but the titular role and expanded cast will be revealed once the project begins filming later this year.

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