With another Batman movie on its way – The Batman – obviously somebody is required to play the titular character. Word is that it will be Robert Pattinson.

That comes courtesy of Variety, who claim that the attractive and non-threatening teen vampire from Twilight is the latest to land the role of the Caped Crusader.

Ah, but other sources such as Deadline claim that Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) is also very much still in the running.

Either way, it points to a younger Batman in the upcoming film from Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. It’s believed that Reeves is planning on taking Batman in quite the noir direction… somewhere that the character isn’t a million miles removed from already.

The Bat-casting is expected to be confirmed any day now.

The Batman is currently planned for release in June, 2021.

UPDATE 3/6/19: It seems that Variety were right on the money, and Warner have confirmed that the Batman will indeed be played by Robert Pattinson. It also now looks like there will at the very least be a trilogy of flicks starring Pattinson and directed by Reeves.