What you need to know

  • Warner Bros Studio has approved Robert Pattinson for the role of Batman.
  • It came down to Pattinson and X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult
  • Pattinson will now helm the role of Bruce Wayne for Matt Reeves' The Batman trilogy.

The next time we see the Caped Crusader on the big screen, he'll be played by actor Robert Pattinson. The actor had been the front runner for the role for the last month or so, but he now has earned the approval from Warner Bros. to take over the role vacated by Ben Affleck.

According to Deadline, Pattinson was in the running for the role with X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult and the studio was torn on both. They wanted to get screen tests by both actors to come to a decision. Apparently they ultimately sided with Pattinson, who is now entering negotiations to seal the deal.

The news comes on the heels of a report from a few weeks ago that revealed Pattinson was in the running for the role. Obviously it was polarizing news given his involvement with the Twilight franchise, which wasn't know for its superb acting. Fans have a tendency to freak out over castings well before they see what the actors do with the role.

Regardless, as an actor, Pattinson has more than earned his stripes in the past couple of years in indie movies like Good Times, High Life, and The Lost City of Z.

With Pattinson approved by the studio, he'll now take on the cornerstone role of Bruce Wayne/Batman for a new trilogy to be directed by Matt Reeves. Production on the first film is set to begin later this year with a release date set for 2021.

Though Pattinson is set for the role, Warner Bros Studio could make the news official with an announcement very soon.