Batman: Pattinson–the New Caped Crusader/Bruce Wayne

Robert Pattinson, the versatile actor, is in negotiations to play the new Batman/Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ superhero film, which will be released June 25, 2021.

While it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly.

Warner had no comment at this point, perhaps fearing that the global Internet would go into a predictable frenzy mode after the breaking news.

Though there are two years before the theatrical release, pre-production on the Warner-DC Comics picture is expected to start this summer.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two Planet of the Apes sequels, assumed Batman directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been developing the elusive project ever since.

Affleck and Warner began discussing the actor-director leaving the Caped Crusader behind following “Justice League,” allowing Reeves to pick his own Bruce Wayne.

Reeves will produce The Batman with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

There’s no doubt that this casting choice, like all the previous ones, would stir controversy among the fans.

Several factors work in favor of casting Pattinson, beginning with his age–he just turned 33, which makes him 15 years younger than Affleck!

It’s unfair to reduce the considerable skills and screen persona of Pattinson by labeling him the “heartthrob Twilight star.”

Over the past decade, Pattinson has become one of the boldest and most diverse actors working in Hollywood, due to teaming with such major art and indie directors as David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, James Gray, the Safdie brothers, and the Zellner siblings.

How many actors of Pattinson’s generation can claim such a record?