Deadline confirmed the news on Friday, saying that the studio has chosen Pattinson to lead a new trilogy of films as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Pattinson was apparently a frontrunner for the role for quite a while, as Matt Reeves (the director) has been a big fan of the actor. However, the studio liked the idea of Nicholas Hoult in the role and required screen tests with both actors. A final meeting was reportedly held on Thursday, where the decision to go with Pattinson was officially made.
This new take on Batman is set to be a trilogy of films from Matt Reeves, which is why the contract negotiations with Pattinson could take a little bit of time. There are likely options worked in for the next two movies in the saga. The new series will follow Bruce Wayne during his formative years as Batman, which is why an actor in his early 30s was ideal, a stark contrast from Ben Affleck's iteration inJustice League.