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Robert Pattinson officially confirmed as The Batman

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Story by Jack Foley

ROBERT Pattinson is officially the new Batman.

Warner Bros. has confirmed that the former Twilight actor will play the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, thereby stepping into the cape once worn by Ben Affleck.

The Batman currently has a release date of June 25, 2021, which means that pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two Planet of the Apes sequels, landed directing duties on Batman after Affleck stepped away from those duties in January 2017. The actor subsequently withdrew from appearing in the film shortly after that.

Affleck starred as Batman in two titles directed by Zack Snyder: 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. Both films received mixed reviews and were a disappointment at the box office as the studio attempted to set up a superhero universe to rival Marvel Studios and The Avengers.

Pattinson became a star following the breakout success of the five-film Twilight franchise, in which he portrayed the vampire Edward Cullen opposite Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan. He has more recently opted for more indie fare, such as Good Time and High Life (which has just been released in UK cinemas).

The British actor has a busy upcoming slate, too, having been cast alongside John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet (set to open July 17, 2020), and co-headlining Cannes hit The Lighthouse alongside Willem Dafoe.

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