Shutterstock - Robert Pattinson - JStone
Shutterstock - Robert Pattinson - JStone

In the game of ping pong that is the casting for The Batman, a new report was published on Friday stating that sources say Robert Pattinson has locked down the role.

According to sources speaking with Deadline, the rumored Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult meetings with Warner Bros. occurred on Thursday. While Hoult was in the running, Pattinson ended up ultimately being Warner Bros. choice.

While a deal has been offered, it is not signed yet. Apparently, Warner Bros. wants to strike a deal that includes options for two additional Batman films. This is apparently considered more of a formality at this point than any sort of possible sticking point.

Deadline‘s report does include a caveat towards the end saying that The Batman does not in any way carry on the work of Ben Affleck’s version of Batman. If this means it is outside of the DCEU remains to be seen, but it is definitely something that audiences will need to brace themselves for.

Also of note, beyond the apparent three-picture deal that Warner Bros. wants, it is stated that The Batman is part of a Matt Reeves’ trilogy. This is not expanded upon, but it also wouldn’t be too surprising if that does indeed turn out to be the case.

There is no sense of when any form of an official announcement will be made. The contract process is sure to take a bit of time, but if the rumors of shooting to begin in the autumn are true, the talks will need to move along fairly quickly.

While this is still not the official announcement of Pattinson in The Batman, it does appear that is where we will soon be ending up at.

The Batman is due to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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SOURCE: Deadline
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