Further details have emerged about the casting process that led to Robert Pattinson scoring the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in director Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film at Warner Bros. Pictures.
A Heat Vision feature piece confirms that Pattinson screen tested in costume for the role very shortly after his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival.
A source for the studio says the casting process for the film was “quicker than normal” and quite smooth, as opposed to others in recent times which have involved dozens of screen tests like there have been for the likes of Spider-Man and Superman.
Nicholas Hoult was said to have also screen-tested in a Batsuit, both actors using suits that came from previous live-action films, and both became the only contenders for Reeves and the studio who met with them in April. Reeves was said to be looking for very specific things with the costume test.
Reeves, who came onboard the project in February 2017, specifically wrote his Batman as a thirtysomething in a story that’s not an origin tale, but is set at a point in which Wayne is still trying to find his footing on his way to becoming a genius detective.
Each actor had a pre-negotiated deal in place, ready to go into effect for whomever won the screen test. Pattinson will now get fitted for his own Batsuit and train for a shoot that will likely take place in early 2020.