The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating life in theaters. Zack Snyder helped to kickstart the franchise with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, although Warner Bros. has pivoted away from that muted and darker vision. Instead of crossover movies, DC has pivoted to director-driven stories like Shazam! and Aquaman. One long gestating project is Matt Reeves' The Batman, which has just landed a lead in Twilight alum Robert Pattinson.
The Batman has gone through quite a few iterations during its long development process, but it seems Matt Reeves is making some major steps forward. DC fans are eager to see what actors will be joining Robert Pattinson, and make up Batman's iconic rogues gallery. Quite a few actors have thrown their name into the ring to play a villain, including actress Vanessa Hudgens. Hudgens has been open about Catwoman being a dream role, and now we can see what she might look like as Selina Kyle opposite Pattinson's Bruce Wayne. Check it out below.
Not gonna lie, this fan image is good stuff. You can really see how the two actors would look opposite each other within the DC Universe. And rather than being focused on the masked alter egos of Batman and Catwoman, the art portrays their real identities and the romantic tension shared between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.
This image comes to us from artist William Gray, and might help win over naysayers who have their doubts about either Robert Pattinson or Vanessa Hudgens' ability to play iconic denizens of Gotham City. They look great as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, although it's important to note that we don't know if Catwoman is actually a character in the upcoming blockbuster. But since the iconic thief/ Batman love interest isn't set to debut in Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey, it would make sense if she appeared in The Batman.
News of Robert Pattinson's role as Batman was met with mixed reaction from moviegoers. Those who have kept familiar with his work over the years seemed thrilled, as Pattinson has proven himself as a strong actor in movies like Good Time, Cosmopolis, and High Life. Still, there are some haters out there who only associate the 33 year-old actor with his role in the Twilight franchise.
Regardless, Robert Pattinson screen tested for Batman, and eventually won the role from X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult. That's more than Vanessa Hudgens can say, as the High School Musical alum has only recently begun her campaign to play Catwoman in the DCEU. It all began when fans began sharing art work of her as the character, and she revealed it was a dream role.
Whether or not Vanessa Hudgens will be considered to play Catwoman is another story. Funny enough, she might have had a better chance at playing Selina Kyle when Zack Snyder was still the architect of the DCEU. Hudgens worked with Snyder on his ill-fated blockbuster Sucker Punch, where she proved herself as a capable action star. But Matt Reeves will be the one deciding the cast for The Batman, and he's been keeping his cards close to the chest.
Vanessa Hudgens isn't the only actor campaigning for a role in The Batman, and she certainly wasn't the first. Most notable is Frozen's Josh Gad, who has been not to subtly hinting at his interest in playing The Penguin in the DCEU. We'll just have to see if his plans come to fruition, or if another actor lands the role of Oswald Cobblepot.
The Batman is currently set to arrive in theaters on June 25th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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