Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult frontrunners to become new Batman
Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult are the frontrunners to become the new Batman.
According to Deadline, both actors are being considered by Warner Brothers for the role, with Twilight star Pattinson the slight favourite. News of a final casting is expected in the coming days.
The new man will replace Ben Affleck, who stepped down from the role at the start of this year.
Affleck, who played the Caped Crusader in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad and 2017's Justice League, confirmed he would not return for the hero's next solo outing, which is due out in 2021.
Affleck had been due to both star and direct the superhero's next solo outing The Batman, but first stepped down as director, passing the torch to War For The Planet Of The Apes' Matt Reeves. He then stepped down from the role completely. The Batman will arrive in cinemas on June 25th in 2021.
Speaking about the film previously, Reeves said: "It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. 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."
He continued: "I'd love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it's going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation."