JONAH HILL’s THE BATMAN Role Dead, Studio Courting Others - Report

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Updated October 16, 2019: Talks between Warner Bros. and Jonah hill to play a villain in the 2021 The Batman film have broken off, according to Deadline.

The Hollywood trade said that Hill was courted to play either Riddler or the Penguin, and now the studio is circling other, unnamed actors for this antagonist role in the film. Deadline said that Warner Bros. was (in the past tense) interested in Seth Rogen for the role of Penguin, but "no offers or talks occurred."

Original story from September 23, 2019: 21 Jump Street actor Jonah Hill is in talks to play an unspecified villain in director Matt Reeves' The Batmanaccording to Variety.

Hill's specific potential role was not reported by Variety. News of his talks comes hot on the heels of a report that actor Jeffrey Wright is in negotiations for the role of Commissioner Gordon.

Variety's Justin Kroll, who authored the initial story, further tweets that Hill's negotiations have dragged on for longer than normal, citing disputes over Hill's salary - and whether the actor would play the Riddler or the Penguin. None of the script's planned villains have been announced.

The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson in the title role, is scheduled for a June 25, 2021 theatrical release. 

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