EXCLUSIVE: We are hearing that two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in the upcoming Warner Bros reboot The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. Deals aren’t signed yet, but that’s what we are hearing at this minute.
War for the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves is directing from his own script, and he’ll produce with his Apes collaborator Dylan Clark. Previous villains in the Batman cinematic canon have included the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Scarecrow, Bane, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Ra’s al Ghul, among others.
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The news comes as Deadline learned Jeffrey Wright is in early talks to take the role of Commissioner James Gordon in the latest Batman installment.
Hill made his feature directorial debut with last year’s A24 movie Mid90s. He was Oscar-nominated for supporting acting roles in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Hill’s global box office credits have amassed $5.8 billion with such pics as the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, The Lego Movie pics and the 21 and 22 Jump Street pics.
The Batman is set for release on June 25, 2021.
Hill is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.