The Twilight Vampire Robert Pattinson to Star in Matt Reeves 'The Batman'

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The Twilight Vampire Robert Pattinson to Star in Matt Reeves 'The Batman'

The Vampire became Batman. Lol! It’s true! The actor who earlier became popular as a vampire in the Twilight films is all set to wow you as another nocturnal hero: Batman. It is seen that after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, tenure of Ben Affleck came to an end. Hence, the 33-year-old actor, Robert Pattinson, inherits the role from Ben Affleck.

It seems Pattinson has a connection with bats and darkness as his last movie was of a vampire in 'Twilight' and now he is going to play the caped crusader ‘Batman.’ Well with this report, the actor has become the youngest actor ever to play Batman on the big screen.

Both the news, one that Pattinson is new Batman and another that the film is expected to go on floors this summer, were confirmed on this Friday.

After Ben Affleck stepped down from the Director's chair in 2017 and later stepped down as the 'Batman' altogether, the filmmaker Matt Reeves, who is behind the last two 'Planet of the Apes' sequels, took over directing duties for the DC superhero film. That provides him an opportunity to cast his own Bruce Wayne.

Along with his, 'Planet of the Apes' collaborator Dylan Clark, Reeves is producing the film. Following a disappointing performance by 'Justice League' (2017) and 'Batman v Superman' (2016), Reeves is taking time to come up with a properly polished script.

On June 25, 2021, the film is slated to hit the big screens. Meanwhile, Pattinson will also be seen in Christopher Nolan's latest film 'Tenet' releasing July 17, 2020, along with John David Washington.

Pattinson has spent some years steering clear of the mainstream, instead of working with directors such as David Michôd, David Cronenberg, James Gray, and the Safdie brothers, following breakthrough performances in the Twilight franchises as well as Harry Potter.

About the movie, Pattinson, at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018, said,

“The only reason why I’m cautious about big franchise things is you can’t make them ‘R rated.”
Erotic sci-fi mystery High Life, which was his recent collaboration with the French Director Claire Denis, won Pattinson considerable acclaim. Apart from all he also features in one of the best-reviewed films from this year’s Cannes festival: Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, which is an intense psychodrama set in 19th-century Maine.

William Dafoe, an American actor, recently endorsed Pattinson for the role. While interviewing in Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, he said,

“He’s got a strong chin. That’s a part of it. Can you imagine anyone with a weak chin ever playing Batman? I don’t think so.”