The English actor is ‘top choice’ according to reports in Variety.
Robert Pattinson has had an interesting decade, to say the least. We all remember him of course as the fresh-faced and curiously good looking lead, Edward Cullen, in the Twilight franchise which became nothing short of a phenomenon. The role established him as an undeniable Hollywood leading man and teen heartthrob, the latter a status that Pattinson never wanted and quite often spoke about the intrusive nature that his fame had brought him.
In his post Twilight years however, Pattinson has become an increasingly interesting character. Through his own choice, he decided to leave the intense world of blockbusters and franchises behind to concentrate on more diverse, character-led independent films such as Life, the 2015 James Dean biopic in which he played the photographer Dennis Stock and more recently Good Time, the 2017 hit where he portrayed the role of small-time Brooklyn criminal Connie Nikas.
In this renaissance of his own work, Pattinson has drawn a lot of praise and acclaim for taking on these roles and his performances by and large have been a joy to watch, with the London-born actor recently also excelling as astronaut Monte in Claire Denis’ High Life.
Now though, it seems we may soon be seeing Pattinson once again in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. According to an exclusive with Variety, Pattinson is in negotiations with Warner Bros to play the Dark Knight himself, Bruce Wayne, in Matt Reeves’ upcoming ‘The Batman’. Variety state that although nothing is confirmed, sources say that Pattinson is the ‘top choice’ for the role and with pre-production starting this summer, this could mean that the deal could be announced very shortly.
There is currently no official ‘start date’ for ‘The Batman’ but according to Variety, insiders have said that the project could start to film as early as the end of 2019 or 2020, which means we won’t have to wait long until we see another Batman, whoever it may be. There are also reports that another Brit is in contention to star as Bruce Wayne, with Nicholas Hoult also being considered for the role.
If Warner Bros give the green light for the Reeves-Pattinson partnership, then it would certainly cap off an incredible year for Pattinson, who has also recently been confirmed to join the cast of the as yet, untitled ‘event film’ Christopher Nolan project starring alongside John David Washington and Elizabeth Debicki.
‘The Batman’ is currently set for a 2021 release by Warner Bros and DC.