Surprise choice to play Batman
Former Twilight star Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play Batman in the latest installation of the superhero franchise, according to US reports.
Variety broke the news Pattinson, who became a teen heart-throb playing vampire Edward Cullen, is the top choice to play the caped crusader.
Pattinson is expected to "close shortly" a deal to star in the untitled Matt Reeves-directed Batman movie, which is slated for release on June 25, 2021.
But Deadline reports Pattinson playing Bruce Wayne is far from a done deal, with X-Men star Nicholas Hoult also on a short list for the role.
Both actors are surprising choices for the role, with Ben Affleck last donning Batman's suit in 2017's Justice League.
Actors Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were also considered for the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
At 32, Pattinson would also be the youngest actor to ever play the DC Comics superhero.
Affleck had been expected to star and direct the next Batman movie but told Jimmy Kimmel Live in February he couldn't make it work.
"I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter but just couldn't come up with a version, I couldn't crack it," Affleck told Kimmel.
"So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I'm excited."
Before Affleck, Batman was played by Christian Bale in the Christopher Nolan-directed Dark Knight trilogy that was a hit with critics and audiences alike.
Pattinson playing Batman is a surprising choice for the English actor who has shunned mainstream movie roles in recent years.
Reports Pattinson was in the running to play Batman drew a mixed reaction on Twitter, with some complaining the former teen-heart throb was woefully miscast.
Since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 came out in 2012, both he and co-star Kristen Stewart have favoured more indie fare.
Pattinson's latest film is the Claire Denis-directed High Life, which will screen at the Sydney Film Festival next month.
Genuinely excited for Robert Pattinson playing Batman. He's played so many great roles in so many great movies the last while.— Ricsi (@ThePetroProject) May 17, 2019
If you haven't watched Good Time, watch Good Time! pic.twitter.com/3bDNfXPncJ
Robert Pattinson for batman?!?! NOOOOO pic.twitter.com/PTMBbUvYrS— Darlene Salumbre (@darlenesalumbre) May 17, 2019
Twilight was a long time ago. They cast Beetlejuice and Daredevil as Batman too & both ended up working out. I love this choice and I’m excited to see what he does with the role. Robert Pattinson is one of the most interesting actors working today. https://t.co/a8Ag6cUr7x— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) May 17, 2019
Y’all that are mad about Robert Pattinson being casted as Batman clearly haven’t seen his work post Twilight.... pic.twitter.com/rA6m5KI3k0— John (@johne1998) May 17, 2019
stop everything!!! robert pattinson is batman how?! what this is the weirdest news all day!!— Moomoof🌌🌌🌺🍜 (@moomoof) May 17, 2019