Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.

Robert Pattinson is Batman

The news which broke the internet last night is Harry Potter and Twilight alum Robert Pattinson has been cast as WB’s new Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman.

(for a longer, more in depth set of thoughts, check out today’s Finally Friday with Stephen and Ashley where they get into it!)

Variety broke the news exclusively and fans took to the internet within seconds to express everything from outrage to delight. Check out the amazing fan-made poster below:

Pattinson has a deal in place with Warner Bros, so he was likely a top contender for the part of Bruce Wayne from the moment director Matt Reeves came onto the project. While fans remain divided about Pattinson in his post-Twilight career, many people are pointing to his performance in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis as proof of concept.

‘Cosmopolis’ Trailer HD

http://www.hollywood.com ‘Cosmopolis’ Trailer HD Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel and Paul Giamatti Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Fun fact: Cosmopolis is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

While, personally, I want to see a little more proof-of-concept before I”ll sign off on this casting choice, the Ben Affleck casting received much the same backlash. His performance in the movie Gone Girl was the proving ground for many nay-sayers that his Bruce Wayne would be all that and a bag of chips.

Currently titled The Batman is slated for wide release on June 25th, 2021 with pre-production expected to begin this summer.

The Tick Cancelled After Season 2

Spoon, no more, my friends! The Tick series at Amazon was reported cancelled by Variety hot on the heels of the second season’s release. It may be worth noting that The Tick was originally shot as a single season and then released in two parts.

Could the incomplete narrative structure of what was originally the first season have caused viewers to drop off The Tick in the intervening months?

One wonders.

The Tick comic creator Ben Edlund took to Twitter to make his official statement:

ben_edlund on Twitter

I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.

Series star Griffin Newman, who plays Arthur, has been leading the #SaveTheTick movement on his personal Twitter account and illuminated several interesting facts about the actors’ contracts:

Griffin Newman on Twitter

I like how needy this headline makes me sound. #SaveTheTick “After The Tick canceled, star Griffin Newman wants fans to save show | SYFY WIRE” https://t.co/nAMKmsFf4e

According to Newman, The Tick’s cast are all still under contract which means if another network or streaming service wanted to acquire the show the production could easier be ported over as a complete entity the way The Expanse moved out to Amazon Prime and Lucifer recently debuted over on Netflix.


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Ashley Victoria Robinson is a Canadian girl by day and Robin by night. She lives in Los Angeles now and stars as Ensign Williams in THE RED SHIRT DIARIES, co-hosts the GEEK HISTORY LESSON podcast and writes for Top Cow.

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