He’s going from sex symbol to bat symbol. Sources tell Variety that Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play “The Batman” in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021.
According to Variety, Pattinson is the top choice for the role. Pre-production is expected to begin this summer.
Reeves, who was behind the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, took over helming duties on the superhero stand-alone after Ben Affleck stepped away from the director’s chair in 2017. Affleck would later step down as the Caped Crusader altogether, a situation which allowed Reeves to revise the script for a younger Bruce Wayne.
A former “Twilight” heartthrob who has successfully turned to arthouse fare, Pattinson, 33, becomes the second-youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen after Christian Bale, who was 31 when “Batman Begins” premiered in 2005.
The Batman is set for a June 25, 2021, release.