News Roundup: The Batman Casting, Avengers Box Office & More

Yet again, this week has given us a lot of news to mull over, including something that many fans of the Dark Knight have been anxious about for months. Here’s a quick recap of some of the best entertainment news that we’ve received this week.

  • Robert Pattinson confirmed to be the frontrunner for The Batman:
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Batman (artwork by David Finch)

It is news many have been waiting on for a while, and it seems as though it’s finally happening. Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga, High Life) will take on the role of the Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Matt Reeves directed Warner Bros. film.

According to Variety, the British thespian is the top choice for the role and is currently in negotiations to star. While sources say it’s “not a done deal”, the deal is expected to close soon with Pattinson on an alleged shortlist which included fellow actors Nicholas Hoult and Armie Hammer.

The Batman is currently slated for a June 25, 2021 release.

  • The CW’s Batwoman series gets its first official trailer:
Ruby Rose as Batwoman (Courtesy of The CW)

Another DC superhero series is to be added to The CW’s lineup which includes shows such as Arrow, The Flash, Black Lightning and Supergirl. Starring Ruby Rose as the titular character, Batwoman is The CW’s latest foray into DC superhero lore. While an exact release date has yet to be set, the series will arrive on The CW this fall, airing on Sunday nights.

Check out the trailer below:

  • Avengers: Endgame is still holding strong at the box office:
Avengers: Endgame poster (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

The latest film from the MCU is still raking in the dough at the box office. Having been in theaters since April 26, the film has made a total of $2.531 billion internationally, to become the highest-grossing superhero film to-date, and the second highest-grossing film of all time, just behind James Cameron’s Avatar (which it’s expected to surpass domestically this weekend).

James Cameron sent well-wishes to the team and cast behind Avengers: Endgame for surpassing the box office of his other film, Titanic, earlier last week:

  • New comic mini-series featuring Ra’s Al Ghul coming in August:
Cover art of Issue #1 of Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul by Neal Adams (Courtesy of DC)

Tying to the “Year of the Villain” event that is happening at DC, the legendary Neal Adams will write and draw Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul.  Adams, who co-created the villain back in 1971, will show Ra’s Al Ghul in the midst of Gotham City under siege.

According to DC, “Adams shows a Gotham City under siege by terrorists, with Batman determined to find the source. But when Boston Brand, aka Deadman, tries to intervene, he discovers an even more disturbing and deadly truth: the terrorists are led by an inhuman monster! Ra’s al Ghul volunteers his own private security force to aid the GCPD, and now they are the saviors standing between nuclear terror and the townspeople! But al Ghul’s true goal is hidden from everyone’s eyes. He will destroy the city and kill Batman—this time for good. Watching in horror is…Bruce Wayne?”

The six-issue series will debut on August 21.