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Robert Pattinson has been given the green light to become the next Batman.
According to reports, the British actor has been approved by Warner Bros. and will don the black cape and tights in the next film, due for release in two years' time.
Rumours have surrounded the 33-year-old for some time, linking him with the iconic role, but according to Deadline, he has now been given the all-clear by studio bosses.
It's understood Warner was torn between Pattinson and fellow Brit Nicholas Hoult (who starred in Skins, Mad Max: Fury Road and Marvel's X-Men movies), speaking to the pair of them yesterday about the role before making their decision.
However, it's believed they took the tough decision to go with the former Twilight lead.
If the news is true, it will make Pattinson the second youngest ever actor to play the coveted role - with Variety explaining that makers of the show wanted to focus on a 'younger Bruce Wayne'. Christian Bale just pipped him to the post, when he began filming at the age of 30.
Pre-production will start on the much awaited film this summer, with creators announcing back in January that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck wouldn't be part of the project - although he was originally rumoured to set to star in, write and direct it.
Although Pattinson has been cast as a huge range of characters, he's best known for his role in the Twilight films. He played heart throb vampire Edward Cullen in the saga, which consisted of five films released between 2008 and 2012, making him a teen icon.
When his name was first mentioned earlier this month, fans were fully behind it and took to social media to share their excitement with the choice.
One user said: "Great choice! To me this indicates that they are going to make this a little edgier than normal. Judging by Pattinson's career moves post Twilight, he probably would not agree to do this unless there was merit to it. Affleck sucked."
Another commented: "This will piss a lot of people off, but he's actually a great actor. Go watch the movie - I think he can pull it off."
Although not everyone seems thrilled, with someone else saying: "Ha great choice! This is a terrible choice. WB continues to ruin Batman post Nolan. Great choice. Oh man that's a good laugh."
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