So the DC character The Joker, Batman's iconic nemesis, is in for a lot of work in the movies in the next year as a whole raft of projects featuring the character are planned that include a Suicide Squad sequel, a Harley Quinn spin-off film from that which may feature him and, perhaps most intriguingly, a Joker origin story.
Warner Bros. studios is working on the film and have apparently recruited legendary director Martin Scorsese, who brought us films such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull, to helm the project although he is only onboard as a producer rather than a director with director of The Hangover, Todd Phillips, taking on behind the camera duties. Although a deal has yet to be finalized with Scorsese, it looks like this could be quite likely but he isn't the only big name that Warner Bros want for their movie as they are on the hunt for a big star to take on the role of the villainous Joker in order to give his quirky and sadistic personality traits the true depictions this complex and criminally insane character deserves but who could fill such a role?
Apparently, the studio is on the hunt for Oscar winner Leonardo Dicaprio to take on the title role and if they manage to nail down Scorsese, they could well be in with a chance of getting him. Leo is probably the best-known actor of his generation and one of the most highly regarded as well and has worked with Socrse numerous times including massive hits such as The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Jared Leto gave The Joker character his own unique spin in the latest Suicide Squad film and reprise his role for the sequel and the spin-off films but is not in line for the origin film. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the character in Batman Begins whilst Jack Nicholson was widely considered to have given the definitive performance of the character on film until Ledger came along. Mark Hamil has voiced the character for many years on animated TV shows and films whilst Zak Galifianakis gave a tongue-in-cheek, comic rendition in Lego Batman. With so many noted actors taking on the role, it would be really something to land Leo in an attempt to maintain the high levels of performance always given for the character.
The untitled Joker spinoff will be a "gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in the early '80s Gotham City." Interestingly, the studio is reportedly setting up the film not as a DC movie but rather like one of Scorsese's '80s-set movies, almost as a separate entity to the current DC superhero universe that is on screen at the moment and it has no release date as of yet.
As to whether Leo would be interested in such a role is yet to be seen but we're sure fans would love to see him give it a try. What are your thoughts on a new Joker movie and a potential superstar such as DiCaprio stepping into his clown shoes? Let us know in the comments below.