Well, it’s official: Former Twilight vampire and teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson is hanging up his sparkles and donning the cowl of Batman, according to Variety. That means Pattinson is replacing the Batfleck (Ben Affleck) in director Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie, which starts pre-production this summer.
We’re not yet sure if Warner Bros. is just going to replace Affleck with Pattinson and act like nothing changed, or if we’re headed for a reboot of sorts. Probably the first one, since DCEU standbys like Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) are presumably still around. The DCEU is in a bit of a transitionary period at the moment, with Affleck exiting bat-stage right and Henry Cavill leaving the role of Superman to play Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.
Pattinson edged out X-Men star Nicholas Hoult for the role. The Batman, which is set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021, will focus on Batman’s detective skills. According to rumor, it will feature a couple of the Dark Knight’s oldest enemies in Catwoman and the Penguin. Hopefully they’ll have the same blistering sexual chemistry Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito had back in 1992’s Batman Returns:
The DCEU may have gotten off to a bumpy start, but with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam!, it looks like it’s pulling itself out of the hole. Hopefully The Batman continues the momentum.