Robert Pattinson has cleared his next hurdle in the process of becoming Warner Bros.' next Batman.
According to Deadline, the studio has approved Pattinson for the role. However, the actor has not yet finalized a deal with Warner Bros., which reportedly hopes to sign him for at least two more films. TheWrap has since independently confirmed this report.
Rumors from February suggested Warner Bros. was eyeing Pattinson to replace Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. However, most didn't consider him a frontrunner until recent reports suggested otherwise. The award-winning actor has received plenty of praise for his performance in 2018's Good Time and 2014's The Rover. Over the years, he has received awards for his work in the Twilight film franchise, Water for Elephants and Life.
X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult was also in the running for the role. However, early reports indicated Pattinson was the top choice, which has since resulted in him landing the gig. Pre-production on the film could begin as early as this summer.
Reeves' take on Batman will center on a younger Bruce Wayne, who is still forming his alter ego as the Dark Knight. This is why Warner Bros. sought a younger actor for the part, taking the role in a different direction from Affleck's portrayal in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. The film is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.