He's going from sex symbol to bat symbol. Sourcestell Variety that Robert Pattinson will play "TheBatman" in Matt Reeves' forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021.
Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic isexpected to start this summer.
Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two "Planet of the Apes" sequels, assumed "Batman" directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been developing the elusive projectever since. Affleck and Warner Bros. began discussing the actor-director leaving the CapedCrusader behind following "Justice League," allowing Reeves to pick his own Bruce Wayne.
Reeves will produce "The Batman" with his "Planet of the Apes" collaborator Dylan Clark.
Pattinson was cast even as Reeves continues to polish a final version of the script.
A former "Twilight" heartthrob who has successfully turned to arthouse fare, Pattinson, 33, becomes the second youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen, after Christian Balewho was 31 when he donned the mask. Warner Bros., in giving Reeves plenty of time todevelop the script, is hoping the latest iteration of the DC icon is done right, following thedisappointments of "Batman v Superman" and "Justice League."
No official start date has been set for "The Batman." Insiders tell Variety filming could start inlate 2019 or early 2020.
Pattinson is about to shoot another film for WB: Christopher Nolan's event movie co-starringJohn David Washington, which is set to open July 17, 2020.
Pattinson has a total of four films opening this year, beginning with Claire Denis' "High Life." Healso appears in Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse," which bows at the Cannes Film Festival, "TheKing" for Netflix and "Waiting for the Barbarians."