Robert Pattinson Breaks Silence On Replacing Ben Affleck As Batman

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Robert Pattinson finally reacts to replacing Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in The Batman.

The Batman has had its share of ups and downs. The first of which was Ben Affleck completely removing himself from the project. Now, everything looks to be smooth sailing from here as it’s officially confirmed that Robert Pattinson is replacing Ben Affleck in the Matt Reeves directed Batman movie. This past June, The Batman director Matt Reeves confirmed that the Twilight alum will be his Batman and in his first interview since landing the gig, Robert Pattinson opened up to Variety that he’d been chasing the role for much longer than anyone knew:

“I’d had Batman in my mind for a while. It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him.”

Matt Reeves eventually met Robert Pattinson after finishing the script for The Batman. The actor has since auditioned with the Batsuit and beat out every competitor, including Nicholas Hoult. The Batman is set to be Robert Pattinson’s first blockbuster since his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga. While speaking to Variety, Pattinson revealed why he avoided big movies after playing vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen in the series:

“Big movies, generally the parts aren’t as interesting — at least the stuff that was coming my way. I guess there was some fear. I think I probably would have been a little bit nervous to have gone straight into it immediately afterwards,” he says about “Batman.”

The actor also revealed his feeling on the reactions to his replacing Ben Affleck as Batman:

“To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting. It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you.”

Plot details for The Batman are being kept under wraps. Previous rumors once pointed to an earlier version of the script featuring Ben Affleck bookending the movie as his current Batman while it introduced a younger version of the iconic character, played by Robert Pattinson. But with Ben Affleck retired from the role, Robert Pattinson has officially replaced the Batman v Superman and Justice League star as Batman.

While details are slim, Matt Reeves has confirmed that his movie is not based on Frank Miller’s Year One comic and will emphasize the hero as the world’s greatest detective more than previous films have in the past. It is expected to be the first chapter in a new Batman trilogy starring Robert Pattinson.

The Batman arrives in theaters on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news on Robert Pattinson, Ben Affleck and the future of the DC Extended Universe.

Source: Variety

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.