Robert Pattinson’s Batman is looking for a new villainous foil after news emerged that Jonah Hill decided to pass on the role in the movie. The actor, who was first reported to be in early talks for The Batman last month, is no longer eyeing a role in the Matt Reeves directorial due to some unknown reasons.
According to reports, Warner Bros. and Jonah Hill were only “very early in negotiations” when talks of the actor’s casting surfaced and that “a deal was far from closing”. Sources said at that time that Hill was considering playing one of the two villains, the Riddler or the Penguin, but he and Warner Bros. could not come to terms on a deal. Attention now turns to who will be next in line to step into the fishy flippers of The Penguin or carry the smarmy smirk of The Riddler. According to Forbes, “a host of other villains” will feature alongside at least one of the two, making this a veritable rogues’ gallery and who’s who of Gotham’s most infamous criminals.
A handful of other leading players have already been confirmed or are close to joining The Batman. Alongside Pattinson as Bruce Wayne or Batman is Zoe Kravitz, who recently signed on to play Selina Kyle or Catwoman. Jeffrey Wright is also in talks to play Commissioner Gordon, a role previously held by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
The Batman is set to release on June 25, 2021.