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Updated! Robert Pattinson is the new Batman

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It's been confirmed that Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman for distributor Warner Bros. He joins a long list of celebrated actors to have taken on the role including Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale.

Pattinson takes over from Ben Affleck's short-lived tenure as the Dark Knight - he played the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Director Matt Reeves' The Batman is expected to focus on an earlier part of Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting career. And according to reports from Variety, Twilight and The Lost City of Z actor Pattinson has been confirmed in the role, fending off competition from X-Men's Nicholas Hoult. 

Taking on the Dark Night mantle will have Pattinson stepping back into some serious limelight after going down the arthouse route in recent years. He recently appeared in Claire Denis' controversial sci-fi drama High Life and also drew plaudits for the Safdie brothers' gritty crime thriller Good Time. Next year, he'll appear in Christopher Nolan's "international espionage thriller" Tenet opposite John David Washington, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine (the movie is shooting now and will be released in July 2020).



Reeves is reportedly drafting a new version of the script with the help of Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark. Variety expects production for The Batman to start in late 2019 or early 2020. 

Matt Reeves is a great pick to helm the next appearance of the broodiest and moodiest of superheroes, with ominous epics Cloverfield and the final two Planet of the Apes sequels under his belt.

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