Robert Pattinson is officially the next Batman for DC Universe

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However, the former Harry Potter star was ultimately chosen to replace Affleck in The Batman. The site also reports that DC is intending to make a trilogy of Batman movies with Pattinson in the lead.

That's some superhero-level brooding, my friends.

Variety reported on Friday that Pattinson would play the vigilante in a planned standalone movie called The Batman, helmed by War for the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves. He's received critical acclaim for his work in movies like David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, Claire Denis' High Life, and the Safdie brothers' 2017 film Good Time. This could mean that Pattinson isn't actually playing a younger version of Affleck's Bruce Wayne.

The Twilight franchise wasn't exactly known for its action sequences, despite having some decent opportunities for vampire (and werewolf) brawls.

Warner Bros. has closed a deal for the "Twilight" actor to play the Caped Crusader in The Batman. "You're seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters".

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The 33-year-old actor succeeds Ben Affleck who played the part in three films - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League".

Other leading men to take on the role in live action, with varying levels of success, were Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

All of that just goes to show that a wealth of brilliantly choreographed fight scenes aren't exactly a necessity for getting the best out of a Batman. All the pieces are there for a great Batman, but the script can mean all the difference between The Dark Knight and a Batman & Robin fever dream full of corny lines and Bat-nipples.

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