Robert Pattinson… we know who you are. Alright, I’ll say it out loud. He’s Batman! The 32-year-old actor best known for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight films is reportedly closing a deal with Warner Bros to play the next Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Meaning it's time to dust off those coffin cobwebs and get out all those Twilight related references. Even the Twilight Saga itself couldn’t resist commenting on social media. Take a look:
Good one! Since the series of films centered on Bella Swan’s love triangle between a sparkly vampire and a shirtless sometimes-werewolf, the fandom was always divided between Team Edward and Team Jacob respectively. With this casting news, the franchise is showing its support for Robert Pattinson’s new high-profile role on Twitter.
The actor has been rumored as one of potential Bruce Wayne’s for the upcoming DC film for a few months following Ben Affleck officially stepping down from the role at the beginning of the year. It should be noted that Warner Bros has not officially announced Robert Pattinson as the next Batman, and other reports name Nicholas Hoult also among the shortlist for the role, but the studio hasn’t denied the news since it broke on Thursday evening.
Robert Pattinson’s fame may have kicked off with a franchise heavily criticized and loathed by the public, he has since showed off his acting chops in indie projects including Good Time, High Life and The Lost City of Z. Not everyone is willing to see past his early work, as a petition for his casting has already made its way on the internet. An insignificant number of people have signed it so far and are based off passing judgements that dismiss the vision of Matt Reeves.
The filmmaker is behind the last two Planet of the Apes films and is currently polishing the final draft of the script for The Batman. He’ll also direct the superhero flick that is said to embrace the noir elements of the comics and see the Caped Crusader really utilize his detective skills. The Batman will also reportedly feature a rogues gallery of villains, with the Penguin reportedly at the forefront of them.
Robert Pattinson has said he’s “been a little wary of doing big movies for years and years,” but then Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie came his way. Pattinson is set to star in the Dark Knight filmmaker’s action blockbuster in 2020 with Elizabeth Debicki and John David Washington. Maybe he figured he’s doing a big movie already, why not go for another? What if Nolan himself played a part in endorsing or convincing the actor to take on the Bat!
The Batman is expected to begin filming within the year and arrive to theaters on June 25, 2021. Are you Team Bruce after this casting news? Let us know in the comments below.