News of the Joker movie was met with a pretty poor reaction to fans around the world.
But if there’s one thing that could have turned people’s frowns upside down for this film, it would surely be the announcement that studio Warner Bros are eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role.
You heard that right – Leonardo DiCaprio is being approached for the Joker movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
And it’s not hard to imagine him saying yes, considering the film is set to be produced by Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese and DiCaprio have made five successful films together, including The Departed, and it’s not hard to see this becoming the sixth in line.
The project is being directed by Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover trilogy, so the comedy will be in good hands there too.
But the involvement of Scorsese and DiCaprio could bring the film to a quality that might even rival Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.
No deal is set with DiCaprio, but the fact that Warner have him in their sights is a sign that they are really confident in the title.
There is only one small wrinkle in the plan though, Jared Leto is not best pleased.
Rumour has it that the actor who played the maniacal clown in Suicide Squad is not happy about there being another Joker.
He is still slated to reprise the role in a Suicide Squad sequel and a spinoff movie with Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie).
This would mean that Scorsese’s Joker movie would take place outside of the established universe of DC characters.
That could be pretty enticing for the likes of DiCaprio, who might not want to be drawn into a multi-film deal.
The Oscar winner has become arguably the most in-demand actor in Hollywood, so there’s definitely a reason to get him in.
If there’s anyone who can beat Heath, it’s good old Leonardo DiCaprio.