#Variety is reporting that actor Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play the titular role in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero film #TheBatman, which is slated to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly.
Matt Reeves (the filmmaker behind the last two #PlanetOfTheApes sequels) assumed the directing duties from Ben Affleck for #Batman in January 2017. Ben Affleck and Warner Bros. began discussing the actor-director leaving the Caped Crusader behind following #JusticeLeague and allowing Reeves to pick his own actor to play Bruce Wayne. Reeves will produce “The Batman” with his “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark.
At 32, Pattinson would be the youngest actor to play Bruce Wayne / Batman. He formerly played Cedric Diggory in the fourth #HarryPotter film (“The Goblet of Fire”), as well as the heartthrob character of Edward Cullen in the #Twilight film series.
Warner Brothers is hoping that the latest iteration of the DC icon will be done right following the box office disappointments of #BatmanVsSuperman and “Justice League.”
- “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earned $330-million domestically and $543-million internationally to garner a total box office of $874-million worldwide from a budget of $250-million.
- “Justice League” faired worse, earning only $229-million domestically and $429-million internationally for a a total box office of $658-million worldwide. The film’s budget was not reported.