Robert Pattinson Is Top Choice for Matt Reeves' 'The Batman', Nicholas Hoult Is Still in the Mix
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Despite rumors saying that the star of the 'Twilight Saga' movie series is close to sealing the deal, another report claims that it has not been set just yet and the 'Tolkien' star is also on the shortlist.

AceShowbiz - Robert Pattinson could be the new Caped Crusader. The British actor is reportedly close to landing the lead role in Matt Reeves' "The Batman", which will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne than he was in previous movies.

While Variety claims that the Edward Cullen of the "Twilight Saga" movie series is currently in negotiations to star in the upcoming movie and the deal is expected to close shortly, another report says the 33-year-old has not been tapped just yet. According to Deadline, the contention is still open, with "Dark Phoenix" and "Tolkien" star Nicholas Hoult also on the mix for the part, though it also notes that Pattinson has a slightly bigger chance to nab it.

Both Pattinson and Hoult are English, so it will likely be another Brit playing Batman after Christian Bale took the mantle in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Ben Affleck most recently played the Gotham superhero in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League", but he has stepped down from the role as Reeves is looking for actor in his early thirties for his movie. Hoult is slightly younger than Pattinson, being 29 years old.

Prior to this, several other names were also linked to the role. They were "Call Me by Your Name" actor Armie Hammer, 32, and the latest "Star Wars" trilogy star Oscar Isaac, 40. Both rumors have been debunked, though.

Reeves has shared his vision for the upcoming movie, saying, "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 went on dishing, "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."

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