Bye-bye, Batfleck. This is the dawning of the age of Battinson.
After much speculation about who would replace Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, we finally know who the lucky actor is: Robert Pattinson.
Sources close to Variety have noted that Pattinson, who broke into the mainstream with the Twilight franchise and has since gone on to make a major name for himself in the drama genre and with arthouse films, is in final negotiations with studio Warner Bros. to top-line the feature as the titular DC Comics hero.
The ink on the contract hasn’t dried just yet, but the deal is expected to close soon.
“It’s hard to explain, but I need you to be open-minded. Can you do that?”
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news, but it looks like Pattinson will take flight to become the Caped Crusader before too long, as The Batman is slated to start pre-production sometime this summer and could go in front of cameras either late this year or early next.
For many who’ve kept their fingers on the pulse of all things related to The Batman, learning that Pattinson is about to rise as the new Bruce Wayne and assume the mantle from Affleck, who dropped out of The Batman as its director and its star, comes as little surprise. Rumors have been swirling for months now, and at one point gained so much traction that artists began crafting digital works envisioning what the English actor would look like in the Batsuit and dressed up in black-tie attire as the billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Other actors, including Armie Hammer, Logan Lerman, Jack O’Connell, Ansel Elgort, Dylan O’Brien, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Noah Centineo, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington, were reported contenders for the leading role in The Batman, but it’s clear that Pattinson was the favorite. Warner Bros. and Reeves evidently love Pattinson so much that they’ve tapped him before the final version of the film’s script is even complete. It’s true: Right now, Reeves is still polishing the story before locking it in, but he apparently couldn’t wait to secure Pattinson before then.
Reeves was said to be scouting for an actor 15 to 20 years younger than Affleck, who’s in his mid-40s. Pattinson fits that age range nicely.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is giving Reeves as much time as needed to make The Batman as perfect as possible, starting with the script and the cast. The studio reportedly hopes that this version of the famed DC vigilante makes up for how the character was depicted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Reeves previously described his take on the iconic superhero as an “almost-noir driven, detective version of Batman,” and the film as a whole as being influenced by the works of Alfred Hitchcock.
Reeves told The Hollywood Reporter in June of 2017,
“What I try to do […] is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become that character, and you emphasize with that point of view. There’s a chance to do [a version of Batman] that is point-of-view driven in a very, very powerful way, that will hopefully connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”
To many, Pattinson is still and will always be Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga.
But the actor has done some genuinely fantastic work in the time after the five-movie fantasy-romance franchise wrapped in 2012. Pattinson went from glittering in the Washington state sun as the brooding vampire, to dazzling in films like The Lost City of Z, Good Time, and High Life.
Pattinson is set to appear in The Lighthouse, The King, and Waiting for the Barbarians in 2019 alone. The Batman is a project unlike anything Pattinson has done in his career thus far, and it gives the actor, whose biggest film role will likely always precede him, a chance to show millions of people who haven’t kept up with his post-Twilight work that he’s more than just the vampire guy.
Pattinson does have a lot to live up to, since many actors have played Batman before him, but the potent combination of his sharpened acting chops, his status as a sort-of-underdog, and the positive response his casting in The Batman has already received hints that he’ll more than live up to expectations.
“What are you?”
The Batman hits theaters on June 25th, 2021.
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Priyanka Chopra says, “loves to do more action movies”
WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING UP NEW CHALLENGES NOTHING IS HOLDING PIGGY CHOPS BACK!
OUR DESI GIRL IS AN INSPIRATION FOR MANY YOUNGSTERS AS SHE IS FIERCE AND BELIEVES IN “MAKING WINE OUT OF LEMONS!” ( TURNING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS IN YOUR FAVOUR)
RECENTLY IN AN INTERVIEW P.C GAVE US ANOTHER REASON FOR BEING HAILED AS A “BOSS LADY”
SHE DOES HER OWN STUNTS AND HER FANS HAVE SEEN HER FLAWLESS ACTION IN QUANTICO (SEASON 1 & 2) AND DON FRANCHISE!
CHOPRA ARTICULATED HER VIEWS ABOUT HOW FASCINATING SHE FINDS THE ACTION GENRE, AS SHE WENT ON TO SAY: “I have always done my own stunts. I trust my body immensely. I am as athletic as a person. I just really enjoy action movies. I have done them in ”Don” and ”Quantico”. I hope to do more of them,”
NOT JUST THIS BUT FORMER MISS WORLD GAVE AN IMPRESSIVE REALITY CHECK IN CONJUNCTION WITH HER STIRRING GENDER NEUTRAL VIEWS:
The genre is generally seen as a hero”s domain.
“I am someone who believes in a gender-neutral world. I hope in my lifetime we reach a place where we say movies instead of female-centric movies, we say directors instead of female directors, we say athletes instead of female athletes,” said the former Miss World.
“I hope my children don’t have to worry about the fact that ”this is an Indian female cricket team or Indian female movie”. We don’t say ”it is a male-centric movie, so let”s go and watch it”. So why do we have to say that it”s a female (centric movie)? I hope that happens and I am seeing it more and more as the conversation… where girls are coming out of their shells, and parents are supporting in finding their own feet. My parents supported me in all my dreams and ambitions,” said Priyanka.
She has many projects in her kitty, including a superhero movie titled “We Can Be Heroes”. Will the audience get to see her as a superhero?
“I can’t tell you that but it”s a kid’s superhero movie by Robert Rodriguez. Do you know ”Spy Kids”? This (”We Can Be Heroes”) is in that world a little bit, and a lot of amazing actors have come together to tell the story. It will be really fun,”
WE ARE IN AWE WITH HER EFFORTLESSLY BEAUTIFUL YET STRONG OPINIONS AND ACTIONS! SHE IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THOSE CELEBRITIES WHO HAS STURDY PRINCIPLES WHICH IS ULTIMATELY REFLECTEDDD IN THEIR WORK. WE ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR HER UPCOMING MOVIES AND ANYTHING THAT P.C HAS TO OFFER!
Good News: The return of Robert Downey Jr. is now confirmed!
Yep, you read that right; rumors revolving around the possible cameo of Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming Black Widow movie have got all of our hopes up.
Just remembering the scenes of Avengers: End game, that snap, that ending, and Tony’s last words still bring fresh tears to all Marvel fans’ eyes. But now it seems that our beloved might just grace us with his scene in Scarlett Johnson’s starrer Black widow.
For those wondering, if this is an indication of a kind of rebirth of Iron Man, then I am sorry to douse your hopes because it isn’t. Technically, the movie is set in times before the End game, hence before all the painful and heartbreaking deaths and drifting apart of the Avengers. Tony Stark, is thus alive, humorous and rich as ever and may just be seen on the screens again, after the final goodbyes he bade in Avengers: End game.
So sit tight (indoors!), wait (it’s not like any of us is too busy these days) and hope that we see our hero in action again.
Joker the Winner of Oscars 2020 Nomination
Now that the 2020 Oscar nominations are in, the requisite analysis can begin. You can’t learn a lot about movies from the Oscar nods, but you can learn a lot about the movie industry — what it prioritizes, who it favors, who it ignores over and over again. And this year’s nominees provide plenty of fodder for that analysis.
Alongside “most controversial movie of the year” and “highest-grossing non-Disney movie of the year,” Joker is now the “most Oscar-nominated” movie, too, which isn’t too surprising. The movie started its path to the Oscars by winning the coveted Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in early September. It also earned solid reviews and had the biggest October box-office opening of all time. And it’s been raking in awards all season, especially for star Joaquin Phoenix, who even the movie’s detractors generally agree merits recognition for his body-contorting performance. That’s a huge showing for director Todd Phillips, who until 2019 was best known as for helming the Hangover trilogy.
The only thing standing in Joker’s way — at least from the standpoint of industry insiders who vote on the Academy Awards — is that it’s based on a comic book property, which still carries the whiff of “unserious” to some. But movies like 2008’s The Dark Knight and last year’s Best Picture nominee (and similarly high earner) Black Panther have paved the way in that regard. And given that Joker self-consciously, if clumsily, mimics two classic movies made by Martin Scorsese (whose own film The Irishman earned 10 nominations), its “serious” bona fides seem well-established. The big question now is whether the Academy loves the movie enough to actually send it home with trophies. — Alissa Wilkinson
The Oscars have never had a sparkling track record with nominating people of color in the biggest categories. The omissions are particularly glaring this year: While Bong Joon-ho scored several nominations for his unforgettable film Parasite, the only non-white nominee in the acting field is Cynthia Erivo. And Erivo is recognized for her turn as Harriet Tubman in Harriet — stellar work, to be sure, but it’s hard not to find it dismaying that the one black person with a big-deal Oscar nod played a slave.
When it comes to ethnic and LGBTQ diversity, there are almost no non-Americans and no self-identified queer nominees this year. Again setting aside Bong’s recognition for Parasite, Antonio Banderas is the one international star to pick up a nomination, for Best Actor in Pain and Glory. And almost every one of the Best Picture nominees probes the fascinating, unsung trials and tribulations of … being a white man in society.
For as great as many of the nominated films and actors are, #OscarsSoWhite — and straight, and American — has reared its head once more. — Allegra Frank
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