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After months and months of speculation, rumors, denials, and silence, Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves have finally found their new Batman in Robert Pattinson. The actor was a frontrunner for the role and reportedly closed negotiations to wear the cape and cowl. With one major piece of the puzzle in place, it's now time to begin finding all of the others. There's speculation about what other characters will appear in The Batman, and one outlet claims that the film may include Batman's faithful sidekick Robin.
Very little is known about Matthew Reeves' upcoming Batman movie, but the director has previously stated that it would be a noir-based detective story focused on Batman's investigative work. As for the characters that could appear in the film, it's been rumored that the Penguin and Catwoman would be the main villains of the film.
Those are odd choices, considering those specific characters were already the villains of Batman Returns, but there's nothing weird about the other rumored characters. Forbes has heard from sources that Commissioner Gordon and Alfred will also appear in the film (which is a bit of a no-brainer). However, the outlet has heard that "potentially" Robin will appear as well.
I think that moving forward, everyone should take every bit of Batman news with a grain of salt for the next few months. Studios and sources have denied several stories that were later officially confirmed, and it's clear that Warner is keeping everything about this film on lockdown.
However, if Robin is a part of the film, that's pretty major. The character has not been in a live-action movie since the Joel Schumacher days, and he was only alluded to in the more recent Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Of course, there was Joseph Gordon Levitt's character in the Dark Knight Rises, but he was never in costume.
If Robin is in the film, Matt Reeves has his pick of the litter. Multiple characters have been Robin in the comics, with the most well-known being the original Dick Grayson. Other characters include Jason Todd (famously killed by the Joker), Tim Drake, and Bruce Wayne's own son Damian Wayne.
Damian seems unlikely considering that this version of Batman is supposed to be younger, so he probably hasn't had enough time to have a 13-year-old son. I'm sure fans would like to see Dick Grayson in the film because that means we could see him become his popular alter-ego Nightwing one day...assuming that Nightwing live-action film isn't still happening.
There are sure to be a lot more casting and plot details to follow in the coming months, so stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated as soon as new information becomes available. Here's everything we know so far about The Batman.