After weeks of speculation, Warner Bros appear to have have completed negotiations with Robert Pattinson, with trade publication Variety reporting that the former Twilight heartthrob will star in Matt Reeves‘ upcoming film The Batman.
Robert Pattinson was the front-runner out of a number of contenders, understood to include the likes of Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The final decision came down to Hoult and Pattinson, who won the role after screen tests.
Ben Affleck played the caped crusader in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League, with both films receiving fairly dismal reviews. He was set to direct and star in The Batman before dropping out in 2017 and being replaced by Reeves.
The film is due for release in 2021, although no start date has been announced for filming.
Robert Pattinson has also signed on to star in Christopher Nolan‘s mysterious new film Tenet, alongside John David Washington and a stacked cast that also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
He recently appeared alongside Willem Defoe in Robert Eggers‘ arty horror film The Lighthouse, which debuted in Cannes and includes “copious scenes of intense masturbation”, which is definitely a mood of some kind.
Per a review in Vulture, the film prominently features a sequence in which Defoe jacks it to the titular lighthouse, while Robert Pattinson spies on him from below, leading to a scene in which “the younger actor [dodges] a dripping gush of semen.”
It remains to be seen whether and to what extent dripping gushes of semen will feature in future DC Extended Universe films, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.