There’s a new update on Matt Reeves‘ upcoming “The Batman” film. The DC Universe is about to get rocked as “Good Time” star Robert Pattinson is reportedly in closing talks to seal the role of the Caped Crusader of Gotham. Variety reported the exclusive Thursday evening.
From the Variety article:
While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly. Warner Bros. had no comment.
Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer.
Pattinson was cast even as Reeves continues to polish a final version of the script.
No official start date has been set for “The Batman.” Insiders tell Variety filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020.
While Pattinson seems to be the frontrunner to dawn the suit, other actors were reportedly in the shortlist as well. Nicholas Hoult (“Tolkien” “Dark Phoenix”) was also in talks to contend for the role. As the production slims down to brass tax, it appears Pattinson is in closing deals to take over the role which, until the release of “Justice League,” belonged to Ben Affleck. Pattinson will be the second youngest actor to take on the role of millionaire vigilante Bruce Wayne, just behind Christian Bale at 31. Pattinson just celebrated his 33rd birthday this week.
Pattinson was recently seen in Claire Denis’ space drama “High Life.” He’s paved an impressive career from his early tween heartthrob role in the “Twilight” films. He now stars alongside Willem Dafoe in Robert Eggers’ horror “The Lighthouse,” premiering in the Director’s Fortnite sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival. Matt Reeves, who helmed the latter two installments of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, directs the new DC film from a script he writes with Affleck’s early notes.
“The Batman” is being produced by Batfilm Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. The Variety exclusive notes the production may begin as early as this year or 2020.