Earlier this month, Matt Reeves confirmed the rumors going around saying that Twilight Robert Pattinson was cast as the new Dark Knight in the director's upcoming DC Extended Universe entry, The Batman.
The Hollywood Reporter just recently released a detailed report on exactly how Pattinson became DC's new Batman, offering new information on the casting. According to the entertainment news outlet, Pattinson wasn't cast for the part right away. The actor had to participate in a costume and screen test together with X-Men franchise star Nicholas Hoult. Apparently, the Twilight alum had to do the screen test right after his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Lighthouse last Friday.
Reeves chose Pattinson over Hoult for the role, with the publication noting that the process was surprisingly quick. The director was considering casting Pattinson early in the process of writing the script for The Batman however, Reeves wasn't quite sure whether the actor would even want the part.
According to THR, both the director and the studio very much liked the fact that Pattinson had only starred in the Twilight franchise, focusing on independent movies instead. They were especially glad that Pattinson hadn't been attached to a Marvel Studios project knowing that "name-brand actors not working for the DC Comics rival are becoming few and far between."
That is something entirely true – many major stars make their way to the Marvel franchise at one point or another. Look at Jake Gyllenhaal, an Oscar-winning actor who is set to appear in Marvel's upcoming release, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The Batman is set to premiere on June 25, 2021.