Robert Pattinson Confirmed As The Next "Batman"

It's Official! Robert Pattinson is The Batman

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A heavy runner-up for the role was another Englishman, Tolkien and Dark Phoenix star Nicholas Hoult, who made a dueling audition tape to Pattinson's.

As expected, Pattinson's confirmation as the new Batman has proven controversial, with critics decrying the casting choice as unfit - as was the case with Affleck and multiple actors before him.

Although the studio liked both actors, it is said that Reeves' preference was for Pattinson, who has the Cannes film The Lighthouse opening later this year and will next co-star in Tenet for previous Batman filmmaker Christopher Nolan.

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Gotham City officially has a new protector - Robert Pattinson. The next Batman film - titled The Batman - is directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and reportedly opens with an origin story, thus the search for a younger lead.

The film will begin production this summer. It has been confirmed by the Warner Brothers who declared on Friday about the deal that they have signed with Robert regarding the same.

The casting decision ultimately came down to two contenders, but it looks like audiences are indeed going to see Robert Pattinson as Batman in director Matt Reeves' new movie.

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That refers to the controversy behind Ben Affleck taking over the role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League" - a selection that did not go over well with some DC Comics devotees.

Deadline also reports that this trilogy will have no connection to Ben Affleck's Batman but instead, focus on Bruce Wayne in the formative stages of Batman.

In other DC movies news, Ava DuVernay ("A Wrinkle in Time") announced recently via Twitter that she and Tom King - an ex-CIA agent and author behind DC's "Batman" and "Mister Miracle" series - would be developing a film based on Jack Kirby's "New Gods".

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"The Batman" is slated for release June 25, 2021. Both films received mixed reviews and were a disappointment for Warner its efforts to compete with Marvel Studios in the superhero realm.

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