Warner Bros. Wants Leonardo DiCaprio for The Joker Role

Posted 2017/09/01 0 0

Warner Bros. would love to see Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker in the studio’s planned origin tale, according to sources.


Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are in the early stages of developing a Joker origin movie, which The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips will direct and Martin Scorsese will produce. The film is said to feature a different, possibly younger actor than current portrayer Jared Leto (age 45), and now sources say that Warners may be eyeing 42-year-old Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, Titanic) to play the part of the villainous clown.

Sources say Warners will make an ambitious attempt to use Scorsese to bring Leonardo DiCaprio into the world of comic-book movies. Certainly, Scorsese’s involvement in The Joker film could elevate and diversify the studio's contributions to the genre, creating the potential to make awards-worthy films such as Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy.

There's no offer for DiCaprio, and sources say Scorsese's deal to produce isn't even done yet. The chances of landing DiCaprio could be slim to none. But the attempt in itself sends a signal to talent that Warners wants to hire serious filmmakers to make serious films.

It makes sense that a Scorsese-led Joker would look to involve DiCaprio; they’ve teamed on “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” best picture winner “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

But the Joker project could be a real longshot since DiCaprio, who hasn’t made a movie since he won best actor for “The Revenant,” has been attached to numerous projects that never got made, some with Scorsese. The duo are currently in development on “Devil in the White City” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The Joker has previously been played on the big screen by Jack Nicholson in Batman, by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. Leto is still set to reprise the character in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Joker/Harley Quinn romance movie being directed by Crazy Stupid Love filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (which is said to be in the vein of Natural Born Killers). There’s also still the possibility for Leto to appear in the Suicide Squad spinoff Gotham City Sirens, though the status of that film is unclear.