It’s official, Robert Pattinson IS the new Batman, and Matt Reeves is planning a new trilogy

It’s official, Robert Pattinson IS the new Batman, and Matt Reeves is planning a new trilogy

Depending on your feelings toward him as an actor, this will either be very exciting or very devastating news, but after weeks of rumors and speculation, Robert Pattinson has indeed won the role of Batman in director Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN. Variety is confirming that Pattinson took the part and that Warner Bros. has closed the deal on his casting.  Production is supposed to begin sometime this summer, and the movie is set to be released on June 25, 2021.

Reeves is the man behind DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and took over directing duties on the new solo Bat-film two years ago when Ben Affleck (playing Batman at the time) decided not to helm the reboot.  In a report today on Deadline, it’s being said this new movie will be the first of trilogy of films, which is understandable.  It’s been rumored this reboot could be set in the 1990s, perhaps a re-imagining of Bruce Wayne’s early years as Batman.  The Christopher Nolan trilogy with Christian Bale started with BATMAN BEGINS, and also showed us the characters first days as Batman.  Interesting to note that Pattinson’s next movie will be with Chris Nolan (called TENET), opening summer of next year.  Pattinson is perhaps best known for playing Edward Cullen, the vampire love interest in the TWILIGHT movie franchise, but has done 14 movies since the first TWILIGHT, and has three more in post production.  The news of his potential casting drew ire from the internet, as many people aren’t familiar with his non-TWILIGHT work, much of which is quite impressive.  And the mention of Nolan above is important, since the respected director is very selective about who he works with.  It will be interesting to see how THE BATMAN develops from here, but at least now we know who is in the lead.  Do you think this could be a smart movie for the studio?  Let us know in the comments.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.