Twilight actor Robert Pattinson is in final talks to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in director Matt Reeves The Batman, according to Variety.
The Hollywood trade reports that casting has not been finalized, but that a deal is expected to close to put Pattinson in the lead role as a younger iteration of Batman.
Contrary to Variety, Deadline reports that Dark Phoenix actor Nicholas Hoult, who has played Hank McCoy/Beast in four X-Men films, is also in strong contention for the role.
Whoever is cast would take over the role from Ben Affleck, who appeared as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League.
Either Pattinson or Hoult would be the youngest actor to play Batman in film. Pattinson is 32 while Hoult is 29.
Filming for The Batman is expected to begin this summer. The current release date is June 21, 2021.