When we first heard news that DC were planning to make more standalone Joker movies in their DC Movie Universe, our first question was: “why?”
Jared Leto’s performance was met with lukewarm reviews (at best), and a lot of fans would have been happy for DC to let the character take a backseat for a while. Instead, DC announced both a Joker origin movie and a Harley Quinn/Joker spin-off flick. Those announcements didn’t get anyone overly excited, but now The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that DC and Warner Bros. are trying to land a former Oscar winner to star in the origin flick, and things just got really interesting.
If that sounds crazy, just hang on a sec. Warner Bros. already recruited Martin Scorsese to the movie (likely as a producer, and not the director). The hope is that Scorsese will be able to convince longtime collaborator DiCaprio to join the project. The two have worked together on The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York.
DiCaprio is now 42-years-old, which makes him a bit of an odd choice to play a young joker (unless the movie is going to feature both a younger and older version of the Clown Prince of Crime). He has famously stayed away from ever being part of a movie franchise, choosing instead to focus on prestige pieces in the hunt for that elusive Best Actor award (which he finally won in 2016).
Attempting to secure both Scorsese and DiCaprio for a comicbook movie is certainly dreaming big by Warner Bros. and DC. However, they are apparently pushing forward in an attempt to make movies that will wow critics, as well as audiences, much like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Time will tell if they are successful or not.