Looks like a former vampire might turn into a bat after all.
According to Variety, “Twilight’’ star Robert Pattinson is reportedly “in negotiations’’ to play the titular role in Matt Reeves’s upcoming film, “The Batman.’’ Warner Bros. has yet to officially confirm the casting, but people immediately took to social media to share their (very polarized) views.
Pattinson’s potential involvement comes after months of speculation as to who would replace Ben Affleck in DC’s current iteration of the Batman franchise. Affleck played the role in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’’ and 2017’s “Justice League,’’ and was initially attached to write, direct, and star in “The Batman,’’ but he formally dropped out at the beginning of this year.
Other chisel-jawed candidates to play the Caped Crusader have included Matt Bomer (“White Collar’’), Michael Fassbender (“X-Men’’), Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians’’), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men’’), Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name’’), Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men’’) Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther’’), and Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix’’), among others.
According to Deadline, Hoult might still be in the running for the gig, as well as Pattinson.
Pattinson, who starred as Edward Cullen in the “Twilight Saga’’ films, has recently been on the indie beat, acting in art house films like this year’s “High Life,’’ from director Claire Denis. He also stars alongside Willem Dafoe in “The Lighthouse,’’ which screens at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“The Batman’’ is slated for release June 25, 2021.
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