Robert Pattinson is among the rumoured actors who could take over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck.
Affleck has played the superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, and is meant to reprise the role in Justice League Part Two.
Last month, however, the actor confirmed he would not be playing the part in the standalone movie, The Batman. According to Revenge Of The Fans editor-in-chief Mario Robles, a long list of stars are in the running to take over the character, including Pattinson.
Others on the list reportedly include Jack O’Connell, Kit Harrington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard Madden, and Armie Hammer. Ansel Elgort, Dylan O’Brien, Logan Lerman, and Noah Centineo were also rumoured but are thought to be out of consideration.
Affleck was originally meant to direct The Batman but was dismissed in January 2017. He was replaced by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, who also scrapped a script written by the actor.
With Affleck’s departure confirmed, the movie’s release date was also pushed back. It will now be out on June 25, 2021.
Last year, Reeves said the new standalone film would not be an origin story after fans speculated it could closely follow Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Batman: Year One. “Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that,” the director said.
“We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”