Fans have been feeling mixed emotions after the departure of Ben Affleck. Depending on who you ask it was either a good thing or a bad thing. However, fans on both sides of the argument have been brought together in speculation as to who will be next to fill those leather boots.
Finally, after much wait, Robert Pattinson has been revealed as the new caped crusader. Set to star in the titular role of The Batman, the new DC movie directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves.
According to a report from Deadline X-Men star Nicholas Hoult was also amongst those considered for the role. There have been whispers for some time that Pattinson was the front runner. Reportedly, it was very close between the two but in the end, the studio opted for Pattinson.
So What Now?
The studio and Pattinson are now said to be working out a deal, one that will include at least two more movies. This sort of contract is considered as standard given the current climate of superhero movies and super blockbuster franchises. It’s safe to say a trilogy is almost definitely in the works.
It’s also known that the first movie will be following The Dark Knight (2008) during his formative years. For this reason, the studio felt it was imperative to cast an actor in his 30s. Another thing that has been made clear is that this will not follow on from the work Affleck did.
Pattinson had his first taste of fame as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies but his real big break was as Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga. He hasn’t starred in a movie of that magnitude since but he has kept active starring in a series of indie movies. He’s also set to star in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming thriller Tenet.
Originally Affleck was set to star, direct and write the movie. But he left director’s chair still planning to reprise the role of Batman January 2017, then recently he announced he was no longer involved in the project at all.
In a recent interview, Reeves stated that the movie will be “more Batman in his detective mode”. Which is something previous movies haven’t really explored yet. He also promised a “point of view-driven noir Batman tale” all of this sounds very appealing, but the question is can he deliver? And is Pattinson the man for the role?
The Batman is geared up for a June 25 release 2021.