Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to star as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Pattinson was previously on a short list along with Nicholas Hoult to star as the Caped Crusader, but Warner Bros. has officially selected Pattinson over Hoult for the role, the individual said.
Reeves took over the directing gig after Ben Affleck stepped away from the role. Affleck was also expected to play Batman again but then said he would be hanging up the cape for good. Reeves has since described the film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series.
Pattinson most recently starred in “High Life,” “Good Time,” and “Water for Elephants,” and will next be seen in “The Lighthouse” and “The King.” His other credits include “Life,” “The Lost City of Z” and of course, the “Twilight” series. He is represented by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Curtis Brown Group and Narrative.
Reeves’ credits include the last two “Planet of the Apes” movies. He will produce alongside “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The Batman” will be released on June 25, 2021.