The actor Jonah Hill is now reportedly dropping out of the upcoming The Batman film. The Wolf of Wall Street star was slated to be one of Batman’s nemesis, either The Penguin or The Riddler.
The rumour mill has been churning on Jonah Hill’s inclusion in the upcoming flick since September, suggesting the star would pick up the role of one of the big bad bat’s enemies. Now, Deadline is reporting that discussions over the roles for Hill have broken down with Warner Bros. moving on to other applicants, with Seth Rogen a new potential recruit.
Director Matt Reeves will be somewhat aggrieved to not have a star like Jonah Hill on the film’s credits, but he has at least found his Catwoman. That role has been filled by Zoë Kravitz who is ready to get her claws out to tussle with Robert Pattinson as the Batman.
Scheduled to arrive in June of 2021, there seems to be a whole host of Batman’s villains ready to run riot on the new flick. But for now, the cast is down one Penguin.
Elsewhere, it was reported that Jeffrey Wright has been in talks with the production team about taking the role of Commissioner James Gordon.
When previously detailing his plans for the new project, director Matt Reeves aligned his direction while emphasising the importance of the ‘detective’ angle of what is being described as a ‘noir’ Batman film: “The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
He added: “I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
The Batman has been set a June 25th, 2021 release date by Warner Bros.