Is Warner Bros. courting Leonardo DiCaprio for role of The Joker?


Could Warner Bros. be oh, so serious about Leo as The Joker?


News broke just last week that DC Comics’ recognizable villain, The Joker, would be getting his own standalone origin story.


What surprised fans even more was the announcement that legendary director Martin Scorsese could be joining the project as a producer.

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Martin Scorsese arrives at the L.A. Premiere of “Silence” at the Directors Guild of America on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. Scorsese will reportedly produce The Joker origin film.

(Rich Fury/Rich Fury/Invision/AP)


Now, some are suggesting the move from Warner Bros. could be a play to get Scorsese’s longtime collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio, to channel the comic-book villain. This comes as DiCaprio has made a career of avoiding tent-pole Hollywood blockbusters and franchises.


Nevertheless, with Scorsese on board, the production team could pitch the piece to the 42-year-old actor, at least according to the Hollywood Reporter, which has cited various sources.


This film, the details of which are still emerging, would be separate from the DC Extended Universe, which features its own version of the Jester of Genocide, played by a green-haired Jared Leto.

Jared Leto stars as The Joker in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” alongside Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn.

Jared Leto stars as The Joker in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” alongside Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn.

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It would be similar, then, to DC and Warner Bros.’ ambitions on their next standalone project, “The Batman,” helmed by Matt Reeves, who realized success behind the recent “Planet of the Apes” trilogy. It’s still uncertain whether or not Ben Affleck will portray the Caped Crusader in this upcoming film.


According to THR, Warners could make an attempt to use Scorsese to recruit DiCaprio for the role — which was made exceedingly famous a decade ago, by the late Heath Ledger.


The film will be helmed by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips.



While the directorial duties appear to be in order, there is no current offer to DiCaprio. Scorsese also has not closed his own deal yet. That said, the chances of seeing DiCaprio in this role could be slim.


As the same outlet notes, however, it could be a valiant attempt from Warner Bros. to court high-end directors, producers and talent for its DCEU films and other standalone properties.


THR adds that Leto, whose screen time was quite slim in “Suicide Squad,” was “caught off guard by the plans” for the origin story.


Thus far in the life of the DCEU, it hasn’t necessarily been smooth sailing. Its first slate of films was met with bitter criticism — this includes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the aforementioned “Suicide Squad.”


This year’s “Wonder Woman,” however, breathed new life into the franchise.



It appears to be Warners’ new concept to court higher-profile personalities for its films — with larger stakes and maybe even a darker version of Gotham City, as imagined by the auteur, Scorsese, himself.


DiCaprio typically avoids franchise films and works with original screenplays. He’s also worked with Scorsese five times across two decades (“The Aviator,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”).

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