So, Leonardo DiCaprio could be The Joker, in the forthcoming Joker origin movie.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is being pursued for the role of the clown prince of crime. As yet, no offer has been made to DiCaprio, so this is in no way a done deal (THR also reported that Martin Scorsese’s deal is not finalised either).

“The chances of landing DiCaprio could be slim to none. But the attempt in itself sends a signal to talent that Warner [Bros] wants to hire serious filmmakers to make serious films,” THR reported.

The problem with this, is that no one is enjoying your serious films, Warner Bros – because, they’re altogether too serious.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a huge acting talent – no one is questioning that – and he’s worked with Scorsese on a number of hit, award-winning films, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Gangs of New York, and The Aviator, proving he has a lot of range.

However, this doesn’t mean that he is right for the part here. For one thing, if Todd Philips’ Joker film is to be an origin story, set in the ‘80s – shouldn’t The Joker be younger than he is now? Though the film will exist outside the DCEU, if they have DiCaprio (42) playing The Joker in the ‘80s, and then Jared Leto (45) playing the character in the present – regardless of whether they are the same Joker, this will make an already confusing situation even more confusing.

Of course, it could be that Warner Bros. is looking to cast DiCaprio based on his famed ‘Nicholson’ face – the impression he does of 1989’s Joker, Jack Nicholson. Perhaps they see this as an origin for that Joker, or even just a return to a Joker that audiences enjoyed, unlike the divisive Leto Joker?


Either way, it seems that Warner Bros. are punching a little above their weight on this one, and clearly hoping that having Scorsese on board will mean that they’re more likely to get DiCaprio on board.

DiCaprio as The Joker – do you think it could work? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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