Jonah Hill was in discussions to portray a villain in The Batman, but The Wolf of Wall Street and Superbad star won't be getting involved with Matt Reeves' upcoming blockbuster after all.
According to a report from Justin Kroll of Variety, the 36-year-old actor turned down the chance to be involved in the project. Reasons for Hill's decision are unclear at this time, per Kroll - who added "that a deal was far from closing."
Reports suggested that Hill would either portray Penguin or the Riddler, which predictably got the fans of the DC Universe ecstatic. It was previously reported that Hill was seeking $10 million for a role in The Batman.
Fans continue to await the news of which other villains will take place in Reeves' film. Earlier this week, it was revealed that X-Men: First Class and Mad Max: Fury Road star Zoe Kravitz will portray the Catwoman role in the film. Now we wait and see which other villain will be cast for the movie.
So far, only Robert Pattinson (Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Kravitz have been confirmed for the film. Jeffrey Wright has been linked to the role of Commissioner Gordon, but nothing has been announced yet.
Even without Hill, this shouldn't rule out Penguin appearing in the film. It's unlikely that we'll see Joker, since Joaquin Phoenix just starred in a recently-released standalone movie for the Clown Prince of Crime, plus the late Heath Ledger portrayed the character in The Dark Knight (2008). As such, it doesn't make sense to throw the Joker in for Reeves' first Batman film.
Danny DeVito is the last actor to portray Penguin in a live theatrical movie. That took place in Batman Returns (1992), which also starred Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Riddler hasn't appeared in such a film since Jim Carrey portrayed Edward Nygma/Riddler in Batman Forever (1995).
The Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy included Ra's al Ghul, Scarecrow, Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman and Bane as its primary villains.