Robert Pattinson is the new Batman as Warner Bros. signs deal

Robert Pattinson is the new Batman as Warner Bros. signs deal

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.

The news comes after weeks of speculation that Pattinson would be cast, and confirmation that he was among one of the frontrunners in the process.

Robert Pattinson will be taking up residence in Gotham.

The actor was officially cast on Friday and The Batman is tentatively set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

Pattinson became a star following the breakout success of the five-film Twilight franchise, in which he portrayed the vampire Edward Cullen opposite Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan. Warner expected to start pre-production on the film some time this summer now that the movie has its Batman.

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Ben Affleck donned the cape as the vigilante hero in two films, the 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017 movie Justice League.

Around the middle of the month, word arrived that Warner Bros. and The Batman's writer/director Matt Reeves had narrowed their choice for a possible Bruce Wayne down to two candidates: Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult. Hopefully the studio will include that information when they make this casting official in a press release. Both films received mixed reviews and were a disappointment for Warner its efforts to compete with Marvel Studios in the superhero realm.

While there were those who disapproved of Pattinson as Batman, there were others who were all for the decision. Much like Pattinson, Hoult spends most of his time acting in smaller budget films where he's given the room to stretch his performing range.

According to Gonzalez, production will begin in the first quarter of 2020.