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.
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.”