Jonah Hill won’t be playing a villain in the next Batman film helmed by director Matt Reeves.
Negotiations between the actor and Warner Bros. reportedly broke down. Late last month, news broke that Hill was offered to play the lead villain who will go against Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.
Hill and the production behind “The Batman” could not come into an agreement over pay according to The Hollywood Reporter. The entertainment news outlet said that the terms for securing the deal were “too far apart”.
Last month, multiple news outlets reported that discussions over Hill’s involvement in the film were at an “early and sensitive stage”. The actor was reportedly considered to play either The Riddler or The Penguin, two of Batman’s greatest rivals. The antagonists were previously portrayed on the big screen by Jim Carrey (Batman Forever, 1995) and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, 1992) respectively.
While Reeves has missed out on a deal with Hill, he has found what many believe is the perfect Catwoman for the upcoming film. Earlier this week, Zoe Kravitz casting as the feline anti-hero was announced. Fans greeted the casting with enthusiasm as they welcomed the daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz.
The Batman is slated for a June 15, 2021, theatrical release. Aside from Pattinson and Kravitz, actor Jeffrey Wright is the only confirmed actor for the role. Wright will be playing one of Batman’s allies, Commissioner Jim Gordon. The role was previously portrayed by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.