The Batman's Robert Pattinson teams up with Robert Downey Jr for serial killer comedy

It's titled Average Height, Average Build

Robert Pattinson arrives for the North American premiere of the thriller The Lighthouse at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Robert Pattinson attending the 2019 edition of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). (REUTERS/Chris Helgren)

Robert Pattinson's star continues to shine as he'll next lead the cast of serial killer comedy Average Height, Average Build.

Deadline reports that Robert Downey Jr, Forest Whitaker, Amy Adams and Danielle Deadwyler are involved too, with Succession's Adam McKay on writer-director duties.

The intention is for shooting to begin by the end of summer or early autumn.

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A year on from his maiden portrayal of Gotham's protector in Matt Reeves' The Batman, which saw him briefly tangle with Barry Keoghan's surprise Joker, Pattinson's new role is that of a killer who seeks the help of a lobbyist to change laws so that he can get away with murder more easily.

Robert Downey Jr. takes part in the Featured Session: Online Crime: An American Crisis at the Austin Convention Center during the South by Southwest Film and Interactive Festivals on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
Robert Downey Jr. speaking at this month's South by Southwest Film and Interactive Festivals. (Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

Marvel legend Downey Jr is set to play a retired cop in Average Height, Average Build, who refuses to give up on the murders, while the killer tries to shake him off the scent.

This comes after the actor's Tropic Thunder director and co-star Ben Stiller defended their satirical 2008 action-comedy on social media.

When a fan pleaded with him to "stop apologising for doing this movie[,] it was and still is funny AF... Even funnier now with cancel culture the way it is", Stiller cooly brushed off any backlash.

"I make no apologies for Tropic Thunder," he replied. "Don't know who told you that. It's always been a controversial movie since when we opened. Proud of it and the work everyone did on it."

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Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars - ultimately losing out to the late Heath Ledger that year - Downey Jr memorably played Kirk Lazarus, a method actor who undergoes "pigmentation alteration" to play a Black soldier.

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