A rep for Warner Bros. confirmed that actor Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play “The Batman” in the studio’s forthcoming superhero film, with Matt Reeves set to direct. Reeves was behind the last two “Planet of the Apes” films. Ben Affleck was initially set to direct and star in the upcoming release, but left the project early on.
Earlier reports that Pattinson and “Tolkien” star Nicholas Hoult were the front-runners for the role had some observers skeptical that Pattinson was good fit as the Caped Crusader. But there was also plenty of support for Pattinson, with some pointing out similar hoopla early on surrounded Heath Ledger’s selection as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
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