A Variety report Friday claimed that "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson will be play "The Batman" in the upcoming film set for 2021.
Though "it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly," the outlet added.
As could be expected, the Internet had thoughts.
The comments and headlines were clever, but some of the more thoughtful ones were either supportive or very upset that the icon would be played by Pattinson. It's nothing new; when Ben Affleck was cast several years ago, the actor famously said the first comment he saw online was "Noooooooooooooo!"
Before him, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton both faced similar criticism when they were cast to play the Dark Knight. They are now easily considered two of the best to ever put on the cape and cowl.
Here are the funny reactions
Comic book author Daniel Kibblesmith wrote to his wife in a tweet.
.@JenAshleyWright: Why is Robert Pattinson trending, what did he do?— Kibblesmith ☃️ (@kibblesmith) May 17, 2019
Me: He’s gonna play Batman!
Jen: What’s his superpower, being sad?
Me: ........ LITERALLY YES.
One comedian questioned, "what next?"
Robert Pattinson as Batman??? What next, another actor playing a different role??? When will it end— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) May 17, 2019
And then there was this.
me protecting robert pattinson from filmbros because they’ve never seen him in anything but twilight pic.twitter.com/t6WUGhjVzh— lizeth (@joaquinphoeniex) May 17, 2019
There were supportive ones
Fandango's managing editor wrote, "HOT TAKE: Robert Pattinson will be the best Batman out of all of them."
HOT TAKE: Robert Pattinson will be the best Batman out of all of them. pic.twitter.com/2CZh5d21vx— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) May 17, 2019
A Justice League artist was on board.
An editor at IGN added that Pattinson "pulls his weight" in another film.
PSA: If you're doubtful about Robert Pattinson playing The Batman, go watch GOOD TIME immediately.— Max Scoville (@MaxScoville) May 17, 2019
It's a phenomenal, grimy neo-noir thriller and Pattinson pulls his weight.
He has come a LONG way since he was a body glitter vampire teen heartthrob, give him a shot. pic.twitter.com/YHUncTdPoy
And then there was more.
robert pattinson as bruce wayne and joaquin phoenix as joker, something i never knew i needed in my life pic.twitter.com/dJ0YMISNpl— sana (@rieIledardenne) May 17, 2019
Robert Pattinson has made some bloody good movies since Twilight, guys #Batman— Robert Manion (@robertmanion) May 17, 2019
Watch more movies. Robert Pattinson is good. I hope this Batman news is official.— Jake Baldino (@JakeBaldino) May 17, 2019
Of course, some were very unhappy
Only way I can accept Robert Pattinson as Batman is if it was a Batman beyond movie 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/rxJ8pMDSd3— 34 Seraj 🤞🏻 (@AghilaSeraj) May 17, 2019
No matter what you think, Funny Or Die has it right.