LOS ANGELES — Gotham City is reportedly close to finding its new caped crusader, and one of the top picks for the role is already causing quite a stir on social media.
According to Variety, Robert Pattinson is close to sealing a deal to play “The Batman” in the forthcoming Warner Bros. superhero film that Matt Reeves is directing. Warner Bros. is owned by CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia.
A representative for Warner Bros. told CNN, “We do not have a deal.”
Not everyone was excited by the thought of the “Twilight” actor donning the iconic suit. Already petitions have been launched calling for Pattinson to be replaced before he’s even been officially cast.
“Don’t make the Batfleck mistake again,” one petition implores.
That, of course, refers to the controversy behind Ben Affleck taking over the role in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League” — a selection that did not go over well with some DC Comics devotees.
But there is also plenty of support for Pattinson, with some pointing out there was similar hoopla surrounding Heath Ledger’s selection as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
That performance earned Ledger, who died in 2008 from an accidental overdose, a posthumous Oscar.
“The same people rolling their eyes when they heard #RobertPattinson was cast as the new #Batman are probably the same people who rolled their eyes when Heath Ledger was cast as Joker,’ actor A.J.Kirsch tweeted. “How about you be patient and give #TheBatman a chance?”
Deadline also is reporting Pattinson is on a short list for the role along with “Tolkien” star Nicholas Hoult, but no decision has been made.
“The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2021.