Hill is reportedly joining the upcoming reboot of the franchise, alongside Jeffrey Wright, who is in talks to portray Commissioner Gordon.
Robert Pattinson may finally be getting some other actors to play off of in his reboot of the venerable Batman franchise, and Warner Bros. and DC Comics are pulling out all the stops with negotiations reportedly underway with Jonah Hill to play a classic Batman villain.
As reported earlier in the day, producers are also reportedly taking with Jeffrey Wright to take on the iconic role of Commissioner James Gordon. It's a role that requires a lot of gravitas, as well as a willingness to bend the rules and get into it with a vigilante who like to dress up like a bat. If we didn't already think Wright was a fantastic choice, his work on "Westworld" has been just further proof.
As for Hill, Variety is reporting that producers actually wanted him to be a part of Matt Reeves' "The Batman" even before they had their leading man. Once Pattinson was secured, they apparently went right to work trying to secure a deal with Hill, and it is reportedly very close to happening.
One thing that isn't being talked about, though, is what role he'll play in the film. Batman has a massive rogues' gallery of villains, many of which have already seen the big-screen treatment a time or two or three or four.
In most cases the Caped Crusader has faced off against one or two of his major villains, but Reeves has suggested he could face a literal "rogues' gallery" in this outing, with as many as six villains possibly appearing. According to various and unsubstantiated reports, "The Batman" could feature villains including the Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler, Catwoman, Firefly and the Mad Hatter.
We can rule one of those out -- obviously -- but the versatile Hill could honestly take on any of the others and make something of it. That said, our pick would be The Riddler, as he could really make it his own and separate it from what Jim Carrey did most recently with (to?) the character.
And as that isn't an official list of villains for the film anyway, Batman fans took to social media with their own theories, suggestions and pitches for who Johan Hill should play in the film. And they're still speculating!
Check out some of their best (and worst) ideas and reactions below as we await an official announcement ... unless they decide to leave it as a surprise reveal in the film itself.
This is it. This is the exact moment Jonah Hill became a Batman villain. This is his origin story. pic.twitter.com/AsKsfIUGwL— Walt (@UberKryptonian) September 24, 2019
jonah hill possibly playing the riddler in the new batman movie???? pic.twitter.com/SwfYjJ2Aks— kristen (@silversprinqs) September 23, 2019
Matt Reeves should cast Michael Cera as a villain in the BATMAN alongside Jonah Hill's so we can get this moment. pic.twitter.com/VS0egq8KU0— Walt (@UberKryptonian) September 23, 2019
Jonah Hill should play the roles of Tweedledum and Tweedledee in The Batman, like James Franco played twins on The Deuce: pic.twitter.com/yFdXfmu3NV— tirade (@tiradeflow) September 24, 2019
I have been conditioning my body to play the Penguin for 35 years, so this Batman/Jonah Hill news is a real slap in the face.— Dan Hernandez (@CubanMissileDH) September 23, 2019
I suddenly want a Batman film that stars Jonah Hill as the Penguin. Seth Rogan as the Riddler. And the Mclovin kid as Robin.— B.J. Mendelson (@BJMendelson) September 23, 2019
That's it. That's the movie. Batman can sit this one out. There are dicks to draw!
I feel like I may be the only one holding out hope that Jonah Hill is playing The Condiment King in 'The Batman.' 😳 pic.twitter.com/O8mvwmVmcR— Geek Writer Rob (@GeekWriterRob) September 23, 2019
Is fat Jonah Hill in talks to be a Batman villain or skinny Jonah Hill bc that distinction is crucial— Eric Jordan (@E_Jordan_08) September 23, 2019
Jonah Hill isn’t playing The Riddler or The Penguin in the new Batman film.— Jon Zarlengz (@JonZarlengz) September 23, 2019
Chances are that he’s one of the common Mob bosses, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they cast him as Bane.
Jonah Hill playing the best Batman villain of all time? OF ALL TIME??!!! Riddle me that BITCHES— Jon (Bills 418-477-8) (@ThisIsntJawn31) September 23, 2019
Batman vs Superbad: The Twilight of Justice #JonahHill— Ken Hommel (@TooCloseToTheTV) September 23, 2019
Hearing that Jonah Hill is going to be playing the villain in the new Batman film “The Batman”, along side Robert Pattinsons take of the caped crusader has me stoked. I hope he either plays Clayface or Penguin.— winslo. (@_winslo) September 24, 2019
JONAH HILL: I’ve lost all this weight, I’m feeling really good about myself. And now I’m getting cast in a Batman movie! This is all doing wonders for my self esteem!— John Lees NYCC #1765 (@johnlees927) September 24, 2019
TWITTER: Who’s he playing? The Penguin? Professor Pyg? Harvey Bullock? Is Kingpin a Batman villain?
JONAH HILL: pic.twitter.com/Dqokmchnru
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