Report: Warner Bros. wants Leonardo DiCaprio for that Joker prequel

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Sep 1, 2017

Warner Bros. is working to lock in Martin Scorsese to produce a Joker prequel, but it could be part of a grander plan to catch another A-lister: Leonard DiCaprio.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is keen to get DiCaprio interested in the project, which is part of the reason they want his frequent collaborator Scorsese to produce. But wait — isn’t the 42-year-old actor a bit on the mature side to play a young Joker? Especially considering the insanely youthful 45-year-old Jared Leto plays the “adult” version already in the DCEU?

Yeah, he is. Luckily, Warner Bros. doesn’t actually want him to play the Joker. Instead, DiCaprio is being sought for a “gritty crime boss” in a supporting role, pulling strings in the seedy underbelly of Gotham. That’s certainly a realm Scorsese is familiar with — hence the interest.

Despite these grand ambitions, the report makes clear the odds of DiCaprio actually joining this new DC project are “slim to none.” DiCaprio is one of the biggest actors on the planet, and he hasn’t done much of anything in the comic book realm. Considering DC’s shaky track record (Wonder Woman aside), it’d be a risk he simply doesn’t have to take. But more than anything, it shows Warner Bros. is serious about attracting major stars to these one-off comic projects. Which is certainly one way to make 'em stand out.

What do you think? Can Warner Bros. turn these projects into straight-up A-list cinema?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)