‘First Henry Cavill. Now they’re replacing Ben Affleck too?’: James Gunn Reportedly Planning to Bring Robert Pattinson’s Batman to Core DCU

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Following the change of ownership, James Gunn and Peter Safran are on their way to give a complete makeover to the Cinematic Universe of DC. Their dream of the new DCU has given rise to many reports that have completely shocked the fans. The series of shocks don’t seem to end soon as new details reveal that Robert Pattinson’s Batman might also enter the fantastical canon storyline of DCU.

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The Batman might be a part of James Gunn’s new DCU

Although it was initially reported that the sub-universes within DC like Todd Phillips’ Joker universe and Matt Reeves’ Batman universe will continue to run independently on their own, the plans might have changed by now. According to the latest report by Variety, James Gunn is looking forward to replacing Ben Affleck with Robert Pattinson’s Batman in the DCU.

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Is Robert Pattinson going to be the only Batman in James Gunn’s DCU?

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James Gunn

Over the years, we have gone through several versions of Batman in the movies by DC. Various stars like Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale have helmed the role in the past. While Ben Affleck was in charge of the character in recent times, WB introduced Robert Pattinson as the Bruce Wayne of a different universe. Now despite the claims of both the Batman operating in their own separate universes, recent reports speak a different story.

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is considered one of the top-tier movies and everyone loved the grounded approach taken by Matt Reeves. The primary focus given on the detective side of Bruce Wayne was widely appreciated by the fans. Reeves is even working on several sequels and spin-offs based on that universe but now it seems that all of them are going to be canon and part of one great sandbox.

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Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne

After James Gunn and Peter Safran took over the head chairs and started working on a new DCU, they claimed that they are likely to be heading toward a complete reboot. This led to reports of various project cancellations such as Wonder Woman 3, Man of Steel 2, and Black Adam 2. This has also led to doubt about the future of various actors like Henry Cavill and Dwayne Johnson. The debate rose more after Jason Momoa was reportedly recast as Lobo with Aquaman 2 slated to be his last project as Arthur Curry.


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Now, following Variety’s latest information, James Gunn is looking forward to replacing Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne with Pattinson’s version. As expected, the news completely divided the internet as several people spoke about how the grounded approach taken by Reeves would be lost in the fantastical big picture. Most of the fans were of the view that the character looks best in their own independent world and Gunn is heading in the wrong direction.

The internet is divided over the reports

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Ben Affleck as Batman

The reports of The Lighthouse actor’s inclusion in the canon of DCU saw the internet getting completely divided into two factions. While most of the fans are against the decision due to their belief that Pattinson’s Batman has a totally different tone, many fans also support it to be the best possible path available to the company right now.


Take a look at some of the reactions of the fans:


Let’s also take a look at the other side of the war as many people also look supportive of the possible future of the Dark Knight in the new era of DCU.



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With reports of Ben Affleck’s cameo cut from the upcoming Aquaman movie, it can be believed that James Gunn and Co. are already on their way to integrating the movies which were introduced under Walter Hamada in their present vision of DCU. But now we can only wait for the official reports from the studio which are already stated by The Suicide Squad director to be not pleasing to everyone.


The Batman can be streamed on HBO Max.

Source: Variety/Twitter


Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.