Pattinson wins ‘Race to Wayne Manor’; but only just


Well, I think we can now put all the ‘Robert Battinson’ speculation to bed because it has been confirmed by Warner Bros. that British actor Robert Pattinson will indeed be playing the caped crusader in the next Batman film. The latter will be directed by Matt Reeves, famed for movies such as Cloverfield, Let Me In and War of the Planet of the Apes, and is set to be released worldwide on June 25, 2021.


According to Deadline, one of the websites that broke the news, the ‘race to Wayne Manor’ came down to the wire with 2 two actors; Pattinson (the director’s choice) and Nicholas Hoult (the studio’s preferred choice). Eventually, after a serious contemplation by Warner Bros, Pattinson won the day and is now poised to join a long line of prolific actors who have previously donned the cape i.e. Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Goerge Clooney, Christian Bale and most recently, Ben Affleck.

Matt Reeves in an interview while promoting ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ two years ago, said that the film will substantially feature a ‘noir-driven’ detective version of Batman. Reeves corroborated this statement early this year during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime.”


Robert Pattinson, in many ways, is an actor who hasn’t had the most illustrious filmography, so to say, given how ill-received the ‘Twilight’ films turned out to be. Nonetheless, he has without a doubt been on the ascendancy since then with films such as Good Time which, despite grossing only $4.1 Million in the Box Office, was a hit among both audiences and critics. It’s a film that astoundingly got him Best Actor nominations in 14 separate award ceremonies held between November 2017 and March 2018.

33 year-old Pattinson, having officially been announced to play the titular superhero, becomes the second-youngest actor ever to play Batman, after Christian Bale, who was just 31 when he took the role in Batman Begins in 2005.

-Thomas Kitinya



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