Robert Pattinson to Replace Ben Affleck in “The Batman”

Pattinson is in negotiations to play the Caped Crusader in the forthcoming film

Actor Robert Pattinson. (FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty)
Actor Robert Pattinson. (FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / May 17, 2019 9:01 am

West. Keaton. Clooney. Bale. Affleck. Pattinson?

According to Variety, Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to take over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck.

Best known his role in Twilight, Pattinson has been in a number of independent films including Maps to the Stars (2014), The Childhood of a Leader (2015) and Good Time (2017).

If he accepts the part, the 33-year-old actor will play the Caped Crusader in The Batman, which is scheduled to swoop into theaters in July 2021.

Directed by Matt Reeves — who did the last two Planet of the Apes sequels — the Warner Bros.-DC Comics film is set to go pre-production this summer.

Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeSuicide Squad, and Justice League to fairly villainous reviews, was originally scheduled to direct the film before Reeves was hired to take over.

Reeves is being given plenty of time to develop the script in order to ensure the film is “done right” and is not a disappointment like Affleck’s attempts to revive one of DC’s premier superheroes.

Pattinson will be the second-youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen after Christian Bale (31).

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