Robert Pattinson Frontrunner to Play Batman in Matt Reeves' DC Movie

Reeves, who was behind the 'Planet of the Apes' trilogy, will direct from his own script.

While a deal has not yet been made and it is unclear if there is an offer on the table, Robert Pattinson is a top contender to play Batman in Matt Reeves' upcoming DC movie for Warner Bros. 

It is also unclear who else is on Reeves' short list, but other names that have been floated alongside Pattinson's over the last month have been Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Reeves, who was behind the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, took over helming duties on the superhero stand-alone after Ben Affleck stepped away from the director's chair in 2017. Affleck would later step down as the Caped Crusader altogether, a situation which allowed Reeves to revise the script for a younger Bruce Wayne. 

While little is known about the plot of The Batman, Reeves talked to The Hollywood Reporter in January about the long-gestating project. "You can't have Batman without a villain," he said. "There will be a rogues gallery." At the time, the filmmaker also said that the casting process would begin shortly.

Reeves will produce The Batman with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

The 32-year-old Pattinson is no stranger to franchise fare, having starred in the incredibly popular Twilight film series. But, as of late, the British actor has gravitated toward smaller-budgeted and art house features, such as his most recent release, Claire Denis' High Life. He will next be working with Warner Bros. on Christopher Nolan's new movie

The Batman is set for a June 25, 2021, release.