We’re slowly finding out more about Robert Pattinson’s Batman movie, a project that sounds like a multi-episode second-season arc of an Entourage reboot, but is very, very real. The remaining Twihards out there are still going to have to wait to see if Kristen Stewart shows up as Bruce Wayne’s unimpressed friend who rolls her eyes and jokes that his secret underground batcave is “so basic.” But thanks to Deadline, we know who is rumored to appear in The Batman as the main villain and Commissioner Gordon.
According to Deadline’s sources, two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill is currently “in talks” with Warner Bros. to slum it in a super hero movie. No, I’m just kidding – the year is 2019, and DC super hero movies are Oscar bait now. Jonah has reportedly been offered an unspecified villain role.
The Hollywood Reporter thinks they’ve got it narrowed down to two possible villains. Robert Pattinson’s Batman is rumored to be squaring off against The Riddler and The Penguin. The Riddler last appeared on the big screen in 1995’s Batman Forever, and was played by Jim Carrey. The Penguin showed up three years earlier in 1992’s Batman Returns, and was played by Danny DeVito.
As for Jeffrey Wright, his role is a little more clear. Deadline says that he’s in early talks to play Commissioner Gordon. He’d be the first black Commissioner Gordon on film (previous Gordons have been played by Pat Hingle four times, Gary Oldman three times, and J.K. Simmons once in Justice League).
Sources say that negotiations are being held up because neither Warner Bros. nor Jonah Hill can decide which villain he should play. My vote is that they merge the characters into one, to play off Jonah’s strengths as an actor. Just think, the underdog story of The Penguin’s rise out of the gutter (much like Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill clawing his way out of stoner comedies), combined with The Riddler’s constant need for answers (“Why haven’t Leo and Brad asked me to hang out and do pottery with them?“). They could call him The Piddler. Actually…no. That sounds too much like Batman’s quest to catch a villain that hijacked a Depends truck.