Where the international movie audience is concerned, he first stole hearts and earned character sympathy for playing Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory, who gets killed in the climax of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005. Then he won more hearts plus no mean amount of derision for portraying a critically-divisive character, the handsome but spiritually-tortured “vegetarian” vampire Edward Cullen alongside Kristen Stewart in the 2008-12 “Twilight” films. None can deny however that British actor Robert Pattinson has got great acting chops. Now however, there is a buzz that Pattinson may have been pegged to become a Dark Knight.
Variety reports that the star of “Twilight” and a number of recent popular indie films is returning to mainstream fare in a big way, by being cast in the lead role for the Warner-DC movie “The Batman.” Following rumors starting in the middle of May that Robert Pattinson has been approached to put on the pointy-eared cowl following the departure of Ben Affleck after his three-movie outing in the DC Extended Universe franchise, the studio announced last week on May 31 that the deal was set following Pattinson signing on.
“The Batman” was initially pitched as a standalone movie for the Dark Knight as in his current interpretation for the DCEU films, with Affleck both starring and directing. Delays in the production of a script followed by other commitments led to the actor bowing out of directing and acting in the movie altogether, after being Batman since 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Affleck would reprise the role for a cameo in “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League,” all with middling reviews compared to their Disney-Marvel counterpart. “The Batman” Directing duties have since been given to Matt Reeves of “Cloverfield” and the “Planet of the Apes” sequels from the 2011 reboot. Reeves will also co-produce.
The only other significant alternative to Robert Pattinson for “The Batman” was allegedly fellow Brit Nicholas Hoult, who is best known lately for playing Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” films since “First Class” in 2011. Still, even before Warner Bros. finalized his casting a number of social media detractors have decried the choice as merely a repeat of the “Bat-fleck” fiasco. It was well-known that some audiences were not convincingly sold by Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, and think that Pattinson is more of a miscast.
“The Batman” is expected to begin pre-production this summer, looking to premiere June 25, 2021.
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