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February 13, 2020

So long, Batfleck. Battinson has officially arrived.

The Batman director Matt Reeves on Thursday dropped the first official look at Robert Pattinson in costume as the new Batman. A 55-second, Daredevil-esque video uploaded to Reeves' Vimeo page shows off Pattinson in the brand new suit for the very first time, though it's camera test footage and not actually taken from The Batman. Without further ado, here he is:

While Reeves was at it, he also provided our first tease of Michael Giacchino's score from the film, as Giacchino himself has confirmed. It's just a taste, but with Giacchino composing, the music naturally doesn't disappoint.

The Batman sees Pattinson take over as the Caped Crusader after Ben Affleck, who played the character in the poorly-received Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Hitting theaters in 2021, it's set to follow a younger version of the character, and it's got quite the cast, with Zoë Kravitz playing Catwoman, Paul Dano playing the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. Soak in Battinson in all his glory below. Brendan Morrow

The Batman - Camera Test from Matt Reeves on Vimeo.

May 31, 2019

It seems we officially have our next caped crusader.

After Variety first reported earlier this month that Robert Pattinson was "in negotiations" to star as Batman and was the "top choice," Deadline, The Wrap, and Variety reported on Friday that he has now officially been picked for the role.

The choice, Deadline reports, came down to Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult, and although Warner Bros. was "torn," they reportedly settled on Pattinson in a meeting on Thursday. This report says that Pattinson and Warner Bros. still have to work out a deal, but Variety reports that the deal has actually already closed.

Regardless of what state the deal is in, it now seems virtually certain that Pattinson will lead Matt Reeves' The Batman, which opens in June 2021. If all goes according to plan, that probably won't be his last time, as Deadline refers to a "trilogy" coming from Reeves and says that Pattinson's deal will "clearly include options on at least two more films." Reeves had previously said he had ideas for where the story could go from his first movie.

Pattinson replaces Ben Affleck, who made his debut as Bruce Wayne in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck was originally set to direct The Batman, which he would also star in, but he ultimately dropped out of the project entirely. Affleck said in February that he "couldn't crack" the movie and decided it was "time to let someone else take a shot at it." Brendan Morrow

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