Last month we reported that Jonah Hill was in talks to play the villain in the upcoming Batman reboot. The new project, starring Robert Pattinson as The Batman, is under the control of director Matt Reeves, the man behind the brilliant Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Reeves took over the caped crusader project after Ben Affleck, the last person to pull on the mask, stepped down after two Batman films.
Now though, after failing to agree a deal, it looks like Hill won’t be joining what is already a star studded cast. According to the magazine Variety, Hill was unable to agree a deal with the film’s distributors, Warner Bros.
Hill made his directorial debut this year with the release of Mid 90s, as well as starring in Maniac a Netflix series about a pharmaceutical trial that earned them both career high reviews.
Our point? Jonah Hill is hot property. He’s proven that he’s more than just the comedic sidekick and is more than capable of making interesting, thoughtful work. Perhaps he feels he doesn’t need to play an angry penguin opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman?
Still, Hill’s name would have been a great addition to a cast that already includes Geoffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Zoe Kravitz as catwoman.
Slated for release in 2021 we’ve got a while to wait to see what Reeves does with the franchise but this much we know: Matt Reeves is more than a safe pair of hands who’s good at set piece monster movies and complicated CGI laden blockbusters. We also know that the best thing about Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice was Wonder Woman. Same goes for Justice League, so even without Hill, the only way is up.