Robert Pattinson In Talks to Play Batman in Matt Reeves Film; Nicholas Hoult in the Mix

Director Matt Reeves may have narrowed down his Batman to one of Hollywood’s top young actors.  More within…

When Matt Reeves signed on to direct the DC Comics solo superhero flick for the Caped Crusader, titled The Batman, he already had his leading mean to play the title role.  Unfortunately, plans changed and Ben Affleck removed the cowl, with no plans to put it back on, leaving Reeves with the unenviable task of finding a new Batman.

According to a report from Variety, sources say that Robert Pattinson (Twilight, High Life) (along with his representative at WME, the Curtis Brown Group, and 3 Arts Entertainment) and Warner Bros. are currently in negotiations with a deal set to close soon.  However, that’s not to say it’s done deal.

If the two sides can’t come to a deal, it’s said that Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Order, Tolkien) could be who WB looks to to play Batman, as he remains on Reeves’ short list. Although, that report seems more like a negotiation tactic to get Pattinson to agree to the terms of their set deal.

If they do decide to go with the latter, Nicholas Hoult (29) would be the youngest to ever play the Dark Knight on the big screen, whereas Pattinson (32) would be just shy of the record set by Christian Bale (31).  Previous actors to perform the role include Adam West (37), Michael Keaton (38), Val Kilmer (36), and George Clooney (36).

While their four predecessors all played fully-fledged adult Batman figures, one of the early rumors for The Batman was that it would go down the path of the Batman: Year One variety. If that’s the case, either actor would fill that role extremely well.

No production date for The Batman has been set, as of yet, but it’s looking likely that cameras would start rolling in late 2019, early 2020 to meet the release date of June 25, 2021.

As more news on The Batman casting is revealed, we’ll have it here on Cinelinx.