A new piece of fan art has attempted to solve the riddle of what Jonah Hill might look as The Riddler in the Matt Reeves' upcoming adaptation, The Batman. The Caped Crusader himself was most recently played on the big screen by Ben Affleck. After debuting as the iconic character in Batman v Superman, Affleck later reprised the role for a Suicide Squad cameo and more prominently for Justice League. Following the underwhelming reception of the latter, Affleck stepped away from the role. Opting to return to a younger iteration of the character, Warner Bros. screen-tested multiple actors before ultimately confirming Robert Pattinson's casting earlier this year.
Rumored to be an adaptation of The Long Halloween storyline, the film will not be a retelling of Bruce Wayne's famous origin story. Instead, The Batman will follow the character having already embraced his shadowy persona, though not quite yet having mastered his detective skills. Since Pattinson's confirmation, numerous details and casting reports have emerged. Mahershala Ali was initially in line to take over the role of Commissioner Gordon before being officially announced as the MCU's version of Blade. In the time since then, Jeffrey Wright has entered negotiations for the part. Written by Jeph Loeb and published throughout 1996 and 1997, the 13-part story was also notable for its abundance of classic villains. In keeping with the aforementioned rumors, multiple villains have been teased for the upcoming film. Earlier this week, it was announced that Hill was in talks for one such role.
Speculation has since raged as to which iconic Batman foe the actor could embody. An Instagram user by the name of Ultraraw26, however, has taken it upon themselves to offer fans a glimpse at how Hill might look as The Riddler. Created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang, Edward Nygma debuted in 1948's Detective Comics #140 and has since endured as one of the most well-known members of Batman's rogue's gallery. Surrounded by bats and cast in a fittingly green glow, the full image of Hill as the character can be seen in the space below:
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"Riddle me this you Rodent! I am something that you don't possess. I have trillions of eyes, And still I live in the shadows. I have zillions of ears, And still, I only use four portions of it. I don't need any muscle or strength, And still, I control both sides. What am I?" @jonahhill . . . #riddler #jonahhill #thebatman #batman #dccomics #dcextendeduniverse #dc #jokermovie #joker #arkham #brucewayne #wonderwoman #theflash #arrow #superman #villain #comicbooks #comics #marvel #marvelcomics #marvelcinematicuniverse #mcu #ironman #thor #captainamerica #avengers #infinitywar #endgame #justiceleague #digitalart
Infamous for incorporating puzzles into his schemes, the criminal mastermind has been adapted numerous times. He was notably played on the big screen by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever. On the small screen, the villainous character was most recently played to critical acclaim by Cory Michael Smith on Gotham. Hill first emerged as more of a comedic actor, breaking out courtesy of roles in such films as Superbad. He has since turned a corner in his career, putting together an eclectic body of work - as a writer, director, and producer as well as an actor. In the latter, he even earned Oscar nominations for his work in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Apart from the commitment to the color green, right down to the artwork's emerald glimmer in the character's eye, the image arguably evokes The Mad Hatter more than The Riddler. Regardless, the more steampunk aesthetic would make for a wholly original take. As such, it would definitely stand out among previous iterations. There's no denying, however, that Hill more than has the ability to channel a blend of comedy and menace that would no doubt correlate into a memorable performance. Though other recent pieces of art depict him as The Penguin, many fans have deemed this too obvious. And since Hill has slimmed down significantly in recent years, they equally believe The Riddler would be a better fit. Whatever the case, fans will learn soon enough as more information for The Batman inevitably comes to light.
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