Looks like Jake Gyllenhaal won’t be the next ‘Batman’

Jake Gyllenhaal has shot down a rumor that he might be the next “Batman.”

Gyllenhall, who just became the first celebrity ambassador and the face of the Cartier luxury goods company, was asked point blank by China News Asia if he is going to be the next Batman.

“Wow, that’s a very difficult question,” said Gyllenhaal about sporting Batman’s cape and cowl. “The answer to that question is ‘no.'”

In other words, take him off your Batman actors March madness bracket.

Last November, movie pundit John Campea started the rumor that Jake Gyllenhaal was Matt Reeves’ top pick to take over the role of the Dark Knight from Ben Affleck in “The Batman.”

The film has been the subject of endless speculation — Reeves recently had to clarify that his “Batman” will be part of the DC Extended Universe that includes Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League.

The filmmaker has previously said he set aside an original script written by Ben Affleck and DC entertainment president Geoff Johns, and is “starting again” on a completely new take. “No. It’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool,” Reeves told MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast last year.

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We got our first look at Batman and his sidekick Robin in 1943 with Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. Their ensembles, made out of cloth, had some of the key features we still see today -- the symbol, the pointed ear mask, the belt and a brief-like bottom paired with a cape. A (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
In 1966, the cloth ensembles were still popular, but they got a slightly sexier upgrade with the influence of spandex. Burt Ward as Robin and Adam West as Batman were outfitted in stretchier and tighter-fitting versions of the classic. Batman's mask also got retrofitted with a plastic-style vs. the cloth. Unfortunately, Robin at this time was still running around barely clothed. (1966)
By 1989, Batman had made some serious improvements with Michael Keaton taking over the role as the caped crusader. Keaton was outfitted with a harder shell-like costume, a thick leather-like cape and shinier hardware for a belt and symbol. His mask was also of a tougher quality. Also upgraded? His ride. Batman nixed running around in favor of racing around in the Batmobile. MICHAEL KEATON BATMAN (1989)

In 1995, Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell suited up for "Batman Forever" with Kilmer at the bat and O'Donnell as his trusty sidekick. Both men's looks were totally different with a much more muscular style with sculpted suits. The suits caught some flack for showcasing nipples and a very defined nether-region with the belt serving as almost a garter. That being said, Batman had just entered the realm of sexy. 

Now we can all take a closer look at those nipples. In 1997's "Batman and Robin," George Clooney showed off Batman's chiseled side with his suit, which really was fairly similar to Kilmer's. The major difference in the suit is actually in the mask, with Clooney's showing off more of his jawline and bright white contacts.

The batsuit got another sweeping upgrade when Christian Bale flew into the role for "Batman Begins." Bale reportedly thought Kilmer's garb was uncomfortable so he asked for a new look, which took on a gunmetal-like quality that was less about the chiseled muscle lines and more about a military armor. It was a big hit. Another major change was the mask, which further concealed Batman's identity with a different cheekbone structure and more narrow ears. 

CHRISTIAN BALE BATMAN BEGINS : BATMAN 5 (2005)

Batman (aka Ben Affleck) is hiding on the left side of this photo, but you can already tell his batsuit got a makeover for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." The mask, which has much smaller ears than previous bats, is one major change. Also, his look almost appears to be two-toned with two different types of plating across the breast. 

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Affleck and Johns wrote their script while the “Argo” Oscar-winner was still set to direct as well as star in “The Batman.”

The concept envisioned by Affleck and Johns featured Deathstroke the Terminator as the main villain, and Joe Manganiello was hired to play the supervillain. Given the changes around the project, Manganiello has said he isn’t sure if he’s still in “The Batman.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Gal Gadot attends the European Premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Gal Gadot attends the European Premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Amy Adams attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Ben Affleck attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Henry Cavill attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Jesse Eisenberg attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: (L-R) Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Holly Hunter and Jesse Eisenberg attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Olivia Inge arrives for the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Amy Adams attends the European Premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Amy Adams attends the European Premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Sarah Harding attends the European Premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Holly Hunter attends the European Premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Ferne McCann arrives for the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Will Smith and Henry Cavill attend the 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on March 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
US film director Zack Snyder (L) and his wife US film producer Deborah Snyder pose for a photograph after arriving to attend the European Premiere of the film 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', in central London on March 22, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Henry Cavill (L) and Ben Affleck attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Henry Cavill attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: (L-R) Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Sarah-Jane Crawford attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Ben Affleck attends the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
US actor Ben Affleck poses for a photograph after arriving to attend the European Premiere of the film 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', in central London on March 22, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US film producer Charles Roven (L) and his wife Stephanie Haymes pose for a photographs after arriving to attend the European Premiere of the film 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', in central London on March 22, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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