It's official: Warner Bros. has made Robert Pattinson the star of The Batman.
The news comes after rumors circulated last week that both the former Twilight star and Tolkien actor Nicholas Hoult were being eyed to fill Ben Affleck's Batsuit.
Pattinson ultimately won the role. He will play the DC Comics superhero in a trilogy of movies-- beginning with The Batman in 2021 -- written and directed Matt Reeves and produced by Dylan Clark. The pair previously worked together on the 2014 and 2017 installments of Planet of the Apes.
Deadline first broke the news and has further details on what makes Pattinson a strong choice:
He certainly has been at the center of a zeitgest franchise before in Twilight Saga, and he has used the time after to show his chops as an actor in films like High Life, and is starring for Warner Bros in Christopher Nolan’s next film [Tenet], and just debuted in the Robert Eggers-directed The Lighthouse at Cannes.
Other details are scarce, but Complex mocked up an entertaining rendering of Pattinson as Batman to hold us over.
Reeves' The Batman is currently scheduled for a June 25, 2021 release.