Updated May 31, 2019: Warner Bros. has "approved" Robert Pattinson as director Matt Reeves' choice to take the title role in The Batman, according to Deadline. Variety goes a step further reporting Warner Bros, has confirmed they've closed a deal with the actor.
Deadline reports that Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult, who were both in contention for the role, each underwent a screentest with Pattinson landing the part.
Deadline was the trade that originally threw water on the initial Pattinson reports, reporting Hoult was also in contention.
The Batman is scheduled for a June 21, 2021 theatrical release.
Even with Hoult reportedly out of the lead picture, Newsarama has a The Batman role in mind for him. Check that out here.
Original Story: 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.