The hunt for a new, younger Batman/Bruce Wayne is over. Matt Reeves, the director of the new Warner Bros. and DC Comics film, The Batman, has chosen Robert Pattinson to play the caped crusader. The news was first broken by Variety, and Matt Reeves’ search is effectively over, even as Nicholas Hoult and Armie Hammer remain in the running until a deal is done.
Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) was looking for a specific actor to play a very specific version of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and apparently, Robert Pattinson fits that bill. This Batman/Bruce Wayne is reportedly younger and just starting out as a masked crime fighter. Pattinson is a veteran actor of two epic film franchises based on printed material, as he starred in both the Harry Potter films and the Twilight saga. He will be the youngest actor to ever play Batman/Bruce Wayne.
“He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been,” Reeves previously explained. “I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
Reeves has said that his Batman will focus more on the character’s detective skills and less on super villains and fancy gadgets. For fans of the Batman comics, this is a welcome change. The last actor to play Batman was Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, but Affleck left the project after clashing with Warner Bros. over the direction of the character in this new film, The Batman.
Affleck was in line to write and direct the film, as well as star, but each of those jobs dropped off until finally he abandoned the project altogether. He famously retired his “batsuit” on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this year, freeing up Matt Reeves to find his own Batman.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman will go into production this fall for a 2021 release. Other details on the film including casting decisions and plot specifics have not been released, but expect more information to drop now that we have a new Batman.
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