Robert Pattinson in talks to play Batman in 2021 film

Key Points
  • Warner Bros. told CNBC that Robert Pattinson was in negotiations to play Batman.
  • Matt Reeves will direct "The Batman," which is due out in theaters in 2021.
  • Pre-production on the film is expect to start this summer.
Actor Robert Pattinson at the Marrakech International Film Festival, on November 30, 2018.
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Twilight star Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to don Batman's iconic cowl, Warner Bros. confirmed to CNBC Friday.

Pattinson has long been expected to take on the mantle of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, vigilante Batman, in director Matt Reeves' ("War for the Planet of the Apes") upcoming standalone film "The Batman," which hits theaters on June 25, 2021.

Pre-production on the film is expect to start this summer.

Deadline was the first to report that Warner Bros. had approved Pattinson to play the title role. Variety has said a deal has been signed.

This will be the first standalone Batman film since Christopher Nolan's iconic Dark Knight Trilogy. The character had most recently appeared in Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe films "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Justice League," and briefly in "Wonder Woman." Batman was played by Ben Affleck ("Argo") in those features.

Affleck decided to hang up the cape last year. He was also initially supposed to direct the 2021 standalone Batman film.