Warner Bros. Reportedly Sets Sights On Leonardo DiCaprio For The Joker

The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film

His deal is far from done, and it's possible he doesn't sign on in the end, but now a new report sheds some light on one big reason Scorsese was courted in the first place: Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio and Scorsese have a long, brilliant screen history together, from Gangs of NY to The Wolf of Wall Street, and Warners want to team them up along with director Todd Phillips for the Joker tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But the award-winning actor has starred in no less than five full-length movies directed by Scorsese, including the 2006 crime drama, "The Departed", which won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. After delivering blockbusters such as Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad the studio wants to bring more stories and more comic book characters to the big screen.

Even then, DiCaprio seems like a truly weird choice for a Joker origin movie, unless there could be plans to show both a young Joker and as a villainous adult.

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What surprised fans even more was the announcement that legendary director Martin Scorsese could be joining the project as a producer. The 30 Seconds To Mars frontman was reportedly taken aback by the studio's plans to create a The Joker origin movie that didn't involve him. The film is set to be helmed by "The Hangover's" Todd Phillips and Scott Silver of the "8 Mile". A sequel to the movie is also in the works.

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

Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. wrote that the film will be different in tone and setting compared to previous DCEU movies. Jared Leto will stay as that universe's Joker for Suicide Squad 2, along with the rumored Harley and Joker spin-off. His presence would also convey the message the Warner Brothers is looking to return superhero (and villain) films to Oscar contention, much like Christopher Nolan was able to do with The Dark Knight films.

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