Forget vampires and Harry Potter. Robert Pattinson may be moving into the superhero sphere. According to Variety, Pattinson has been tapped to play Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming The Batman film, which is slated to hit theaters June 25, 2021. Sources say the casting isn’t official yet, but Pattinson is the top choice and the decision will likely be announced soon.
Reeves, who is behind the last two Planet of the Apes films, took over directing duties from Ben Affleck on Batman in January 2017. Now that Affleck has left behind Batman completely, Reeves has the opportunity to choose his own lead for the new film. Variety reports that Pattinson is the top choice for the role, even though the final script is still being polished.
Pre-production on the newest Batman flick is expected to start this summer. Filming is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020, with Reeves writing, directing and co-producing alongside his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark. Affleck is also listed as a co-writer and co-producer for the project.
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