Matt Reeves May Have Found His First Villain And Commissioner Gordon For The New Batman Flick

This casting would be amazing!

Matt Reeves’ new Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson may have found its first villain and Commissioner Gordon.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jonah Hill is in talks to play either The Penguin or The Riddler in the new flick. However, THR reports the talks are “at an early and sensitive stage” as the actor and the studio reportedly can’t seem to agree on which character he’ll play, so there’s a chance they might not reach an agreement.

Variety also reports, “Producers had long wanted Hill for the project, but casting decisions were put on hold until the role of Batman was filled. The deal hasn’t closed and sources say it could still fall apart, but both sides are engaging on Hill joining.”

Back in January, Instagram user @TheMainManCreation made this picture to show what Hill would like as the Penguin, and he looks pretty bloody awesome!

Meanwhile, THR also reports Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright is in the running to play Commissioner Jim Gordon.

It’s unknown at this stage whether Gordon will be police commissioner or a detective at the Gotham City Police Department.

In recent years Gary Oldman played the role in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, while J.K. Simmons briefly played the character in Zach Snyder’s Justice League. The OC’s Benjamin McKenzie also played Gordon as a young detective in Gotham.

If Wright does land the role it’ll make him the first person of colour to play Commissioner Gordon in a live-action movie. Before Wright was rumoured to star, Mahershala Ali was believed to be the top choice for the role according to ScreenRant.

The Batman is rumoured to be more of a detective-noir style film that still takes place in the DCEU and will see a number of villains pop up. It’s set for release on June 25, 2021.

This Is How Joaquin Phoenix Thinks His Joker Would React To Meeting Batman

"That’s a wonderful image.”

Batman and the Joker have, quite possibly, one of the most fascinating dynamics in pop culture – and while we know Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is a standalone film and the two characters won’t cross paths – it would be interesting to see what the Joker’s reaction would be.

Jake Hamilton interviewed Phoenix for his YouTube channel and broached the topic the actor, “By nature of who that man is, and the universe in which he lives, one day in his life, he is going to come across a guy named Batman. And I know that’s not what this movie’s about and we’re not probably ever going to see that, but hypothetically what do you think his reaction is going to be the first time he sees a man dressed up as a bat?”

Phoenix seemed a little dumbfounded at first, telling Hamilton, “I hadn’t thought about that. I feel under pressure. I want to give you a great answer, something that’s fun. You have a lot of energy, you seem excited, I want to reciprocate that.

“But I don’t know what his reaction will be. I imagine that he would feel a surge of excitement.”

It’s not a lot, but I feel like I can picture the look on his character’s face when he comes face-to-face with Batman, and it’s one creepy smile!

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Hamilton agreed, “That’s all I needed to hear because that’s a wonderful image.”

While the most recent portrayals of the Joker and Batman played respectively by Jared Leto and Ben Affleck haven’t exactly been groundbreaking, I feel like we’ve got something special coming with Phoenix and Robert Pattinson as the new Batman.

Joker director Todd Phillips has previously revealed he made a very deliberate choice during the film’s development not to include other characters from the wider DC Extended Universe.

Phillips explained his decision at the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival [via CinemaBlend], saying, “It’s not really connected to that [DC Movie] Universe. And it was really intentionally not.

“I mean the original idea when I went to [Warner Bros.] with the idea was not just about one movie, but about a label – sort of a side label to DC, where you can do these kind of character study, low-rent, low-budget movies, where you get a filmmaker to come in and do some deep dive into a character.

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“So it was never meant to connect, so I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. I think this is just this movie, you know?”

The movie is set in 1981, so it does make sense that the Joker doesn’t go up against present-day heroes from the DCEU, as he’d have to age quite a bit and it’s probably not so fun to watch that fight…

TIL: 'Tall Girl' Star Ava Michelle Was Kicked Off 'Dance Moms' For Her Height

"I got my first [acting gig] because of the thing I hated about myself for so long."

Today I learned that Ava Michelle was kicked off Dance Moms for being too tall and then got her first big acting gig in Netflix’s Tall Girl for the very same reason.

Twitter user @jadoregeorgia pointed out the fact, saying, “I’m shaken,” and to be honest, so am I.

Some fans responded to the tweet saying she was actually kicked off the show because her mum didn’t want to follow Abby Lee Miller’s rules. Another fan added that this was true but Abby would often say Ava’s “arms looked horrendous on stage [because] they were too long”.

In a video from the episode, Abby tells Ava, “You’re too tall for us today, you’re cut. Thank you, you can go.”

She told a tearful Ava, “Honey, you’re a great dancer, you’re going to be successful if you can get away from your mother and get great training. Go!”

So, what Abby considered a disadvantage, lead to Ava landing her first big lead role in Tall Girl.

Speaking with Teen Vogue, Ava said, “My height was really hard for me growing up. Like, I was 5-foot-10 at 13. I was really, really tall.”

“In the business that I was in, and even just being in school, I was made fun of, and it was really difficult. But ironically, I got my first huge [acting gig] partly because of the thing I hated about myself for so long.”

“I would get so many no’s in dance auditions, and a lot of times it would just come down to my height.”

“You can’t do anything about that, so let’s just embrace it. That’s going to be the one thing that gets you to where you are meant to be. My mom was always the one telling me that. Did I believe her every time? No, but I do now.”

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She told the story of her manager’s reaction to seeing the script, “It’s in all caps, like, ‘Ava, you need to read this script. I need to get you in it. This is perfect.’”

“I’m like, ‘Okay, my manager is not like that at all.’ She normally downplays everything. So I read just the storyline of it, and my mom and I are looking at each other and we both have chills. My mom said, ‘I think this is it.’”

She joked that she probably won’t find more roles that are tailor-made for her like this one, “I’m like, Am I doomed for the rest of my life?” Ava added, “Because I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. Tall Girl was so perfect.”

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