The Batman may not be set to hit theatres until 2021 but it’s already shaping up to be quite the epic movie. We already know who’s playing the titular role, but now we’re getting word on the latest Commissioner Gordon as well as one of the film’s villains.
Nothing has been confirmed, nor has a deal been signed, but Jonah Hill is currently in talks to play an unspecified villain in the Warner Bros. reboot, according to Deadline. To see Hill go up against Robert Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight could truly be fantastic. The role Hill is up for could be a new villain we have yet to see on the big screen, but considering the baddies we’ve seen in past flicks about the Caped Crusader — The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Bane, and Ra’s al Ghul, just to name a few — it’s hard not to envision the two-time Oscar nominee as The Penguin. In fact, we bet you can already see Hill’s reimagining of the character Danny DeVito made famous in Batman Returns, and a bit of Robin Lord Taylor’s take on The Penguin’s alter ego, Oswald Cobblepot, on Gotham. Kind of perfect, no?
Hill isn’t the only one Warner Bros. is trying to sign on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright could be the newest James Gordon. Those who have held the role include J.K. Simmons in Justice League, Gary Oldman in The Dark Knight trilogy and the late Pat Hingle in the Batman movies, as well as Ben McKenzie on Gotham. What’s unknown is Gordon’s job status and whether he’s already commissioner, or still working his way up the ranks in the Gotham City Police Department.
The Batman won’t be an origin story, but with R-Patz in the lead role it’s safe to say it’ll be set in the relatively early stages of Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting career. Which means Gordon might be a mere detective — in a position to help Batman but not exactly calling the shots on the way Gotham is policed.
As for Jonah’s character, we won’t know who he’ll be portraying unill he, director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), or producers feel like confirming it. But considering the rumours that The Penguin is one of six villains Batman will be up against, Jonah couldn’t be more tailor-made for the role.
The Batman flies into theatres on June 25, 2021.