A few weeks ago it was reported that Twilight star Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult were the two frontrunners for Matt Reeves The Batman. Although Hoult was on the list, the spotlight and attention immediately went to Pattinson. Warner Bros. ordered both Pattinson and Hoult in for a final screentest this week. Apparently, everyone agrees that Pattison is their man, as Deadline is reporting that our new Batman is officially Robert Pattinson with Warner Bros. finally approving the decision.
The article goes on to mention that Robert has entered negotiations for a trilogy of films, hence Warner Bros. wanting to thoroughly vet their choice. Former Batman, Ben Affleck, previously stated his approval for a younger Bruce Wayne. Unfortunately, like Affleck, Pattinson is still facing backlash about his casting choice with several petitions online already asking Warner Bros. to remove him.
Pattinson has been rumoured to be director Matt Reeves’ front runner for some time and there’s no questioning why. His career has been blasting into the stratosphere with buzzworthy role after role in films like High Life, The Lighthouse, Good Time, andThe Rover. Even so, he’s been understandably wary of taking on something as big as The Batman, as it’s been noted that the Twilight series took a toll on him, personally and professionally.
Production for The Batman will be underway soon, as it was also reported this week that pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics picture is expected to begin this summer, with shooting to likely begin in late 2019 or early 2020. This lines up with Mr Pattinsion’s current shooting schedule as he’s set to begin shooting on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy film Tenet this summer alongside Michael Caine, Elizabeth Debicki, and John David Washington.
Personally, having seen Pattinson’s recent work, I’m very excited and optimistic about this casting choice.
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