Has Robert Pattinson been cast as Matt Reeves's Batman?

Robert Pattinson at Cannes Film Festival

Robert Pattinson at Cannes Film Festival Credit LAURENT EMMANUEL AFP

Matt Reeves' long-gestating, out-of-continuity Batman film has been in development hell for quite some time.

Furthermore, Nicholas Hoult, fellow young English actor who you may remember as Beast in the new X-Men movies or the woke War Boy in Mad Max: Fury Road, is also in the running.

THR says Pattison is the top contender and that it is not clear if an offer is on the table.

Since the "Twilight" ended in 2012, Pattinson has carved a niche for himself as a character actor in indepedent films such as "High Life", "Maps to the Stars" and "Good Time".

Robert Pattison replaces outgoing Dark Knight Ben Affleck who left the role reportedly over not being able to get the script right.

The Matt Reeves-directed reboot is described as a "noir-driven detective movie" playing up the "world's greatest detective" angle.

Reeves, who directed the last two "Planet of the Apes" films, chose to veer away from Affleck's version and wants a Batman in his early thirties.

With all that said, I think that the new Batman on film will be - and probably already is - Robert Pattinson.

At 33 years old, Pattinson will be the second-youngest Batman ever, behind Christian Bale who was 31 when he played the caped crusader in Batman Begins in 2005.

Now, it should be noted that none of this has been confirmed by Warner Bros. yet. In his post-Twilight career, Pattinson has nearly exclusively filmed weird, ambitious, lower-budget movies, and if he winds up playing Batman, he'll have even more industry clout to get those movies funded. But seeing the same villainous pairing utilized in Batman Returns might feel like too much of a retread for some.

Pre-production begins this summer.

Robert Pattinson became a major heartthrob after he made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He is about to shoot for WB: Christopher Nolan's event movie co-starring, John David Washington which will release in July next year. Let us know down in the comments.

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