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What you need to know

  • A new Batman movie is in the works from Warner Bros and Matt Reeves.
  • Robert Pattinson is on the shortlist to play Bruce Wayne.
  • Nicholas Hoult is also reportedly in talks to play the caped crusader.

Variety is reporting that Robert Pattinson is in talks to play Batman in a new movie from Warner Bros and Matt Reeves. The movie, called The Batman is still quite a ways out, scheduled for release June 25, 2021.

He's going from sex symbol to bat symbol. Sources tell Variety that Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play "The Batman" in Matt Reeves' forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021.

While sources say it's not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it's expected to close shortly. Warner Bros. had no comment.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer.

While Variety's sources say that it's almost set, Deadline is reporting that Nicholas Hoult is also on the shortlist to play Bruce Wayne. Hoult was just seen in Tolkien and will star in Dark Phoenix out in June. The Hollywood Reporter also has sources that claim Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being considered.

There is no word yet on when filming will start, but filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020. Matt Reeves, who you may recognize as the director of the most recent Planet of the Apes films, picked up the project back in 2017 from Ben Affleck and has been working on the project ever since.

Robert Pattinson might be best known to some people as the star of Twilight, but he's had a robust movie career in the years since. There are over a dozen different movies to his name, including two 2019 releases: The Lighthouse and The King.

We'll continue to update as we hear more on the official casting. In the meantime, how you feel about the casting? Do we need another Batman movie? Sound off in the comments below.