Robert Pattinson is officially The Batman

Batman replacement
Batman replacement

Robert Pattinson is officially the new Batman.

Warner Bros has closed a deal for the Twilight actor to play the Caped Crusader in The Batman.

Matt Reeves' superhero tentpole hits cinemas on June 25, 2021. Variety first reported on May 16 that Pattinson was in negotiations for the part. The studio confirmed on Friday that he had signed a deal.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been set for filming.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two Planet of the Apes sequels, assumed Batman directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017. Reeves will produce The Batman with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

Affleck starred as Batman in two titles directed by Zack Snyder: 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017's Justice League. Both films received mixed reviews and were a disappointment for Warner Bros in its efforts to compete with Marvel Studios in the superhero realm.

Pattinson became a star following the breakout success of the five-film Twilight franchise, in which he portrayed the vampire Edward Cullen opposite Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan.

- This article first appeared on Variety