Robert Pattinson is done with the indie movie scene for now and headed back into box office blockbuster territory. After much speculation, the Twilight alum has been announced as the new Batman.
Variety was the first to report that the actor was tapped to play the caped crusader in early May, but it wasn’t until Friday that the official announcement was made that Pattinson will star in The Batman which will be directed by Matt Reeves.
The Warner Bros./DC Comics film is expected to start pre-production this summer, but there is no official word on the filming’s start date. Reeves, who helmed the last two Planet of the Apes films, took over directing duties after Ben Affleck confirmed he would not be returning in January 2017.
Affleck starred as Batman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League, both directed by Zack Snyder. The films were met with mixed reviews and were a disappointment for Warner Bros. in its efforts to compete with Marvel Studios in the superhero realm.
Pattinson won the coveted role over actors like Nicholas Hoult who was also in talks to star as the comic book superhero.