Flashback: Jonah Hill's rumored Batman villain role that had fans on the edge
Dive into a nostalgic look back at 2019 when Jonah Hill was rumored to join The Batman as a potential villain.
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It's been four years since the buzz around Jonah Hill potentially joining the cast of Matt Reeves' "The Batman" took the entertainment world by storm. As we sit in 2023, let's rewind and revisit the excitement, speculations, and the rollercoaster of casting rumors that surrounded this iconic DC project.
Jonah Hill: From Maniac to potential menace in Gotham?
Back in 2019, whispers echoed through Hollywood's corridors that Jonah Hill, fresh off his success with Netflix's sci-fi series "Maniac," was in talks to join Robert Pattinson in the much-anticipated Batman reboot. "Sources tell Variety that Jonah Hill is in talks to join Pattinson in Matt Reeves’ 'The Batman.'" The exact nature of his role remained shrouded in mystery, but the rumor mill was abuzz with speculations of him playing a villain. Given Hill's versatility and his ability to oscillate between comedic and serious roles, fans were eager to see him bring a fresh take to one of Batman's adversaries.
The casting carousel and the Reeves' vision
The casting for "The Batman" was nothing short of a Hollywood thriller. With decisions on hold until the Dark Knight himself was cast, the anticipation was palpable. Jeffrey Wright's name also popped up, with talks of him donning the role of Commissioner Gordon. "Insiders also say Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon."
Matt Reeves, the genius behind the "Planet of the Apes" sequels, had taken over the directorial reins from Ben Affleck in 2017. With Affleck's departure from the Batman role post "Justice League," Reeves had the daunting task of picking his own Bruce Wayne. The project, under Reeves' vision, promised a fresh perspective on Gotham's vigilante, and the potential inclusion of Hill only added to the excitement.
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Jonah's journey: From director's chair to Gotham's alleys?
Jonah Hill's potential involvement in "The Batman" was particularly intriguing given his recent foray behind the camera. Having directed "Mid90s," and then returning to the big screen with "Beach Bum," Hill was on a professional high. "Hill starred opposite Emma Stone in Netflix’s sci-fi series 'Maniac.' The actor has also moved behind the camera in recent years, taking on his first directing job, 'Mid90s.'" His rumored association with "The Batman" was seen as another feather in his already illustrious cap.
As we now eagerly await the latest cinematic offerings in 2023, it's always a treat to look back at the what-ifs, the almosts, and the buzz that kept us all guessing. Here's to the magic of cinema and the stories that keep us coming back for more!
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