Matt Reeves' The Batman almost landed two Superbad stars for villainous roles in the Warner Bros. film.
After news broke that talks broke down to bring Jonah Hill in as a villain in The Batman, a new rumor states Seth Rogen was in initial talks to play the Penguin.
Borys Kit, who writes for The Hollywood Reporter, discussed the rumor on Twitter. He added Rogen as Penguin would have been finalized after WB settled on Hill playing Riddler.
On the Seth Rogen BATMAN rumor: there were some initial talks for him to play Penguin while WB courted Hill for Riddler (once they settled on him actually playing Riddler and not Penguin), but that too didn't work out.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) October 16, 2019
In a follow-up tweet, Kit added, "WB trying hard not to get into a Jack Nicholson/Batman situation where they overpay bigtime on the villain," possibly alluding to the price tags attached to bring Rogen and Hill in for The Batman.
Hill's name first became associated with the film in September, when it was reported that he was being eyed for a villainous role. Some reports suggested it was for The Penguin while others said it was for The Riddler. Nevertheless, shortly after those initial reports, it was implied that the actor was holding out over pay issues, as he wanted $10 million -- more than double what Bruce Wayne/Batman star Robert Pattinson was supposedly making.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. Casting is still underway, with the film scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.