It's official: Robert Pattinson has been cast as the new Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves' The Batman. However, it looks like the project abandoned by Ben Affleck isn't the only comic book movie for the Lost City of Z actor. A new report suggests that Pattinson could star in a Batman trilogy that is not connected to the previous DC Extended Universe movies.
Pattinson was undoubtedly a favorite to take on the role of the Caped Crusader although Nicholas Hoult was also being considered for the part. However, the former Harry Potter star was ultimately chosen to replace Affleck in The Batman. Interestingly, Deadline has also revealed that Warner Bros. may have optioned Pattinson out to star in two more films after Reeves' film. This could confirm that the studio is planning yet another Batman trilogy similar to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movies.
It's not a surprising move for Warner Bros. After all, the studio has an affinity for trilogies (remember that there are supposed to be three Fantastic Beasts movies?). However, it looks like the new Batman trilogy will be set in a completely different universe from the previous DCEU films. This could mean that Pattinson isn't actually playing a younger version of Affleck's Bruce Wayne.
The latter part of the news has yet to be confirmed so we do recommend taking it with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be a surprise considering that Warner Bros. is already set to introduce a completely new Joker played by Joaquin Phoenix later this year. Is the studio trying to reboot DCEU? We'll find out soon enough.
The Batman is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021.