Last month we heard that Jonah Hill was on the verge of signing on for the primary villain role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. It was an intriguing choice to be sure, but a few weeks later when there was still no official confirmation, many began to wonder if talks had broken down. As it turns out, we are now hearing that is exactly what happened. Hill has reportedly dropped out of negotiations, but perhaps more surprising is the fact that his friend Seth Rogen is also out after being under consideration for a role at one point as well. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, Jonah Hill is no longer in talks to play a villain in The Batman. Warner Brothers has already moved on to other candidates so it does not appear to be a mere negotiation tactic. Last we heard, Hill was in talks to play the Riddler and Deadline is also reporting that the studio was interested in having Seth Rogen co-star alongside Hill as the Penguin although no offer or formal discussions ever took place.
A while back, Variety’s Justin Kroll revealed in a now-deleted tweet that Jonah Hill was asking for $10 million, which is more than half of what Robert Pattinson is being paid to play Batman. That may have been a big sticking point, but he also supposedly had not made up his mind about whether he wanted to play Penguin or the Riddler. Either way, Zoe Kravitz is still attached to play Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright is on board as Commissioner Gordon. Are you disappointed that Jonah Hill won’t be playing a Batman villain?