Another potential twist has emerged in Warner Bros.' plans for a Joker origin movie with a report that the studio may be hoping to woo Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio to star as the Clown Prince of Crime.
Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter contends that by bringing Martin Scorsese on board to produce, Warner Bros. aims to entice his frequent collaborator DiCaprio (Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street) into joining its growing slate of DC Comics-based films. The outlet points out, however, that no offer has been made to the actor, and Scorsese's deal isn't even signed.
Written by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) with Scott Silver (8 Mile), who's also attached to direct, the Joker origin story is reportedly intended as part of a new Warner Bros. banner for DC films outside of the DC Extended Universe, featuring different actors in iconic roles. First reported last week, the project is described as a hard-boiled crime film set in 1980s Gotham City.
MMA fighter and actor/comedian Brendan Schaub, who's friends with Phillips' agent, revealed this week on Joe Rogan Experience that the "super-dark" film will feature a Joker who was bullied as a kid because of his permanent smile.
THR notes that Scorsese's involvement "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."