Jonah Hill exits talks to play either The Penguin or The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ upcoming DC film The Batman, reportedly over money issues.
Deadline was the first to report that Hill had dropped out of the mix for The Batman, and while their report doesn’t specify the reasoning for his departure, a tweet from THR’s Borys Kit sheds some light on the situation. As with most things in Hollywood, Hill not joining The Batman looks to come down to money, specifically him wanting more of it then Warner Bros. wanted to pay him.
Hill’s name first became associated with the film in September, when it was reported that he was being eyed for a villainous role. Some reports suggested it was for The Penguin while others said it was for The Riddler. Nevertheless, shortly after those initial reports, it was implied that the actor was holding out over pay issues, as he wanted $10 million — more than double what Bruce Wayne/Batman star Robert Pattinson was supposedly making.
In any case, casting appears to be well underway, with Zoe Kravitz joining the film as the next incarnation of Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright in talks to play Commissioner James Gordon.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. Casting is still underway, with the film scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.