Moving from being in “Twilight” to portraying the “Dark Knight”, British model turned actor Robert Pattinson is in talks with Warner Bros about taking on the role of DC Comics iconic hero, Batman. Pattinson is best known for his portrayal of Edward Cullen in the film adaptions of the Twilight novels written by Stephanie Meyer, which have $3.3 billion. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Pattinson is the top choice for the role. Should a deal be reached, he will be the second youngest actor to play Batman at age 33. Christian Bale was 31 when he first slipped into the cape and cowl in 2005’s The Dark Knight, the first film the Christopher Nolan directed Batman trilogy.
Matt Reeves took over directorial duties from Ben Affleck who played the character in “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League” in January 2017. Warner Bros. is giving Reeves time to develop a script for the project, in the hopes that they will be able to redeem themselves for the failures of “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League.” Reeves is best known directing the last two “Planet of the Apes” films, both of which were commercially successful. He will be producing “The Batman” with his “Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark.
No official start date has been given but production of the film is expected to begin late 2019 or early 2020. The Batman is scheduled for a 2021 release date.