Since Batffleck (Ben Affleck’s Batman) hung up his mantle, the DC universe has been searching for its next cinematic Bruce Wayne to take his place. And, if reports from Variety and Deadline are true, the search is almost over.
In anticipation of the upcoming The Batman, set for a June 25, 2021, release, director Matt Reeves has reportedly narrowed down his potential caped hero to either former teen heartthrob Rob Pattinson or X-Men and Tolkien star Nicholas Hoult. Either way, it seems Reeves’ version of the Caped Crusader is going younger and British for the new flick.
While Warner Bros. has yet to confirm the casting choice, these reports indicate that R. Pattz is the producers’ top choice for the film, which is expected to begin pre-production this summer.
Pattison, in addition to being the producing team’s pick, is also the fans’ pick. Since the rumored announcement, fans have shared many thoughts on this casting choice.
Rob Pattinson is one of the most interesting actors working and I am here for literally everything he does. https://t.co/iuCIRZF1X6
— Shannon Woodward (@shannonwoodward) May 17, 2019
rob pattinson will be the best batman ever and i won't be proven wrong bc mankind will not make it to 2021 anyway
— cecilia (@cinegoth) May 17, 2019
Dudes I'm FINE with Rob Pattinson as Batman. He's got the acting chops. If you've only seen him on twilight that's not my fault ?
— Alyssane Targaryen (@caitmkay) May 17, 2019
Rob Pattinson will be a fine Bruce Wayne. why?
looking for suave, Bale-like Bruce? see Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS.
want Miller's fringe-crazy Bruce? see The Safdies' GOOD TIME.
— jarrod jones (@jarrodjones_) May 17, 2019
Okay, Robert Pattinson as Batman is awesome. I’m in.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) May 17, 2019
I’m cool with Robert Pattinson or Nicholas Hoult playing #Batman! I would prefer Pattinson so that he can prove anybody that doesn’t like him wrong, though!
— Teddy Hall Jr. (@RevX23) May 17, 2019
I’ve been on set for the past two days. I had to wake up at 4am today to catch a flight. This was the first thing I saw. Feels like a hallucination. Robert Pattinson Batman are just 3 random words my tired brain has picked.
— Jack Howard (@JackHoward) May 17, 2019
— THE TWILIGHT SAGA (@Twilight) May 17, 2019
People are shocked that Robert Pattinson might be the next Batman.
Robert Pattinson is best known for playing a vampire.
Vampires turn into bats.
They are literally "bat" men.
Connect the dots, people.
— Rob (Flack) O'Hara (@Commodork) May 17, 2019
I’m willing to give Rob Pattinson a shot as #Batman. But only if they make the executive decision to have him sparkle in the sunlight.
— Sean Sakamoto (@seansak430) May 17, 2019
this is gonna be the next batman… let that sink in pic.twitter.com/ewlBDIBCsS
— Eli August (@eliaugust69) May 17, 2019
And then, others just want a good DC flick. Which, don’t we all?
Tbh it doesn’t matter who plays Batman. I’ll still be there on opening day and watch it about 100 times
— Andy (@Ras_Al_Ghul69) May 17, 2019
I heard about James Gunn rebooting Suicide Squad, so there’s just a little hope left in me for DC. He’s done magic for Marvel, so maybe he might be the starting spark DC needs. Even though I don’t agree with the Batman casting, I DO hope it does well and proves me wrong.
— ? (@Capo_144) May 17, 2019
But this race isn’t over just yet! Other fans also have some strong feelings should Hoult be chosen to embody Bruce Wayne.
will forever be in love with Nicholas Hoult because of About a Boy? but yeah would love to see him in a lead major film too!? But still happy with this choice of Batman https://t.co/Y6GVMdut0H
— Shoppie (@Shoppie08250097) May 17, 2019
I still think Nicholas Hoult is a better fit.
— Michael Goedecke (@mdgoedecke) May 17, 2019
Okay I tweeted last night that a Christian Bale was my favorite Batman BUT if Nicholas Hoult becomes Batman i May have to abandon that tweet https://t.co/rmTmLpT63m
— Bobby (@bobbyciletti) May 17, 2019
If I absolutely had to choose between Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult for the new #Batman, gun to head I'd go with Hoult.
But allow me to throw another hat in the ring. Taron Egerton. We know he can handle fight scenes, and he has Bruce Wayne's chiseled jaw.
— Broken Enthusiasm (@TheHissingMeat) May 17, 2019
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