British actor Robert Pattinson is in line to replace Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader for upcoming movie The Batman, according to US reports.
The 33-year-old, who is best known for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga of films, is tipped to be the new Batman, taking over from Affleck, who last played the DC Comics superhero in 2017's Justice League.
Matt Reeves is directing the latest Batman flick and trade publication Variety has reported that he is in talks with Pattinson to take on the iconic role.
This is a huge reversal in fortunes for Affleck, who was originally tipped to write, direct and star in the movie before he left the project at the beginning of the year.
Negotiations to bring Pattinson are still ongoing but it is believed he is close to signing the deal.
Affleck, 46, first appeared as the Caped Crusader in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before making a cameo in 2016's Suicide Squad.
He then played one of the lead roles in 2017's Justice League but it has been reported that producers wanted a 'younger Batman' and Pattinson fits the bill nicely.
Reeves, known for directing War for the Planet of the Apes, took over from Affleck in the hot seat and has rewritten the script that he had produced for the movie.
The Batman is scheduled for release in June 2021.
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