Matt Reeves’ The Batman is officially slated for 2021. Just moments ago, it was made public that Twilight star Robert Pattinson will be taking over as the Dark Knight in place of Ben Affleck.
Affleck left the production a while back, but fans held out hope for his reprisal of the Bat in the solo venture helmed by the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. After some time, DC began rebooting properties like Suicide Squad and is even rumored to be looking for a new Superman. Once the label changed to Worlds of DC, it was clear they were setting up a way to break continuity with the previous DCEU franchise films.
Once Batffleck was out of the picture, names were thrown around including the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Scott Adkins. Surprisingly, the announcement made today revealed that the former vampire-heartthrob would be putting on the cowl. Despite being mostly known for his role in Twilight, Pattinson has been on a rather impressive roll in the smaller film circuit as of late. In 2016, he joined Tom Holland and Charlie Hunnam in the award-winning drama The Lost City of Z. Pattinson kept the ball rolling the very next year with his lead role in the wildly successful and crudely dark indie film Good Time. He is currently working with Christopher Nolan on the legendary director’s next project and has just secured his final step of being known as more than “that vampire guy.”
I have personally seen him in roles that are pretty great and am of the belief that a lot of the Twilight cast, especially Kristen Stewart and him, get a bad wrap. He has performed really well in other projects and has now gained the opportunity to prove himself up against actors like Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton and George Clooney in one of the most classic roles in big cinema.
Maybe a good Batman film is all DC needs after their last few successes. Remember that everyone felt uneasy about Heath Ledger being cast as Joker; DC has a way of taking risks from a viewer perspective. I suspect this one will payoff, as well. Now all we need is for Michael B. Jordan to sign that Superman contract.
Are you optimistic about The Batman? Which actor was your favorite in the role?