Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman

Robert Pattinson officially to take on role of Batman

(Gray News) - Robert Pattinson will be bringing the next iteration of Batman to life on the movie screen, according to Variety.

Known as the star of the “Twilight” series, Pattinson would be taking over from Ben Affleck, who appeared three times in DC’s movie universe: 2016′s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” as well as “Justice League” in 2017.

Pre-production on “The Batman,” with director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”) is expected to start in the summer.

Then-Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara said in February that future DC films would not be directly connected, like previous ones had been.

“The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago,” Tsujihara told L.A. Times. “You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.”

At 33, Pattinson would be the second-youngest actor to don the cowl on the big screen, Variety said. Christian Bale was 31 when "Batman Begins" premiered in 2005.

Nicholas Hoult was also rumored to be on the short list for the role.

Other leading men to take on the role in live action, with varying levels of success, were Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

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