When the news first broke last week that Warner Brothers is doing a Joker origin movie separate from the DC Extended Universe (DECU) with Martin Scorsese possibly producing, it was very surprising to say the least. Well, this morning The Hollywood Reporter gave an update on the project, reporting that Warner Brothers wants Leonardo DiCaprio to star as the Clown Prince of Crime. While this might also sound surprising, it actually really isn’t considering Scorsese and DiCaprio have collaborated on numerous occasions over the years.
Now, none of this is official, especially considering that Scorsese’s deal is not yet even done. Finding a lead actor is still a ways away, but it’s interesting to think of DiCaprio portraying the most infamous comic book villain of all time. Getting him for the role might be a long shot, but there’s always a chance. The problem is that the A-list actor is very selective with his movie choices; have you noticed with the splurge of superhero movies and cinematic universes that DiCaprio still hasn’t been attached to one?
The Hollywood Reporter also mentions that Jared Leto is said to be unhappy that Warner Brothers is making a Joker movie without him. While his portrayal of The Joker in the poorly received Suicide Squad received mixed reviews, it’s weird that Warner Brothers is courting DiCaprio for a Joker origin movie WHILE they’re also making a spinoff movie with Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.
Personally, I would love to see DiCaprio take on the role of Batman’s biggest adversary, but I’m not getting my hopes up. Remember when Warner Brothers wanted the Oscar-winning actor to play a villain in The Dark Knight Rises? Good times.