Warner Bros. Eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Joker

After the recent news of a standalone Joker movie set outside of the DCEU, the one question many fans have been asking is “Who will play the Joker?” It looks like Warner Bros. it’s looking at one of the greatest actors working today, Leonardo DiCaprio, to take on the role.

In a report from THR, it was said that Warner Bros. wants to get Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the Martin Scorsese produced Joker film. This could help legitimize the film to be awards worthy with Scorsese and DiCaprio both involved. DiCaprio has been nominated for five Oscars for acting roles, winning his lastest one. This would be a major change for the look on this film is this works out. DiCaprio hasn’t been given an offer yet and Scorsese isn’t even officially signed on to produce yet. This is only what Warner Bros. plan is at the moment, nothing is set in stone.

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Getting DiCaprio in the film would obviously be a fantastic choice. He’s worked with Scorsese multiple times in films like Gangs of New York, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Although Scorsese won’t be directing, the two of them have proven they work well together. I think it will be interesting to see a DC movie that doesn’t have to connect to a larger universe and can tell its own story. As long as they wait until their current universe is well established, this could turn out to be very successful. However, If I could have anyone to play the Joker I would have Daniel Day-Lewis. I know he’s retiring after his next film, but wouldn’t it be awesome to see his take on the Joker? He just seems like he could give a Joker we haven’t seen before.

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Joss Whedon Gets Writing Credit For ‘Justice League’

Joss Whedon is officially a writer for the next DC film, Justice League after taking over for Zack Snyder. Earlier this year, Snyder left the film due to family problems, and Joss Whedon took over to direct reshoots and oversee post-production. One of the many questions fans had was who would get credit as director. This question was emphasized when reshoots went on for months, which is much longer than normal, and people started to wonder how much was being reshot by Whedon. Reshoots went on for so long that it got in the way of Henry Cavill shooing Mission Impossible 6, meaning that he had to keep a moustache while shooting which cost Warner Bros. money to digitally remove it. In a press release from WB, Joss Whedon is credited as a writer for the film with Zack Snyder as director.

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I’ve been wondering who would get credit as director since Whedon first stepped in to take up the film. Rumors went around that he was shooting 50% of the film over again, which raised some questions of who’s film it would be. Joss Whedon coming on was a great decision, he has proven that he can handle big budget movies with both Avengers movies. He has also proven that he can focus on characters while making a fun action movie, which are both things that Justice League needs. Since Joss Whedon is a writer, he probably had a big hand in reworking the script.

According to the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) you have to be responsible for 33% of a script to be credited as a writer in the final movie. This means that he had a major part in the script. Joss Whedon as a writer is very promising based on his previous works. It seems like WB is really trying to get this movie right. Despite their track record so far, I have high hopes for Justice League.

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Joker and Harley Quinn Movie In The Works

DC sure seems to love Joker. THR reports that Warner Bros. is working on a DC movie centered on the villains Joker and Harley Quinn. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from Crazy, Stupid, Love, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and This is Us will be directing the movie. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. The film is being described as a “criminal love story”, one insider says it’s  “an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.” This movie will take place in the DCEU, not in the separate DC universe with the Martin Scorsese Joker movie.

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This is the strangest time to reveal this news. Right after they say a Joker movie outside of the extended universe is being made, another Joker movie goes into development. Also, there was a mix up with Matt Reeves claiming that his Batman movie would not take place in the extended universe. This was cleared up on Twitter with Reeves saying it would take place in the DCEU, but this shows how DC doesn’t really have a game plan. If you look at the list of movies they are working on, it just seems like they’re announcing movies just because they’re cool ideas.

  • Justice League
  • Aquaman
  • Shazam!
  • Wonder Woman II
  • Cyborg
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Justice League Dark
  • The Flash: Flashpoint
  • Justice League 2
  • Man of Steel 2
  • Gotham City Sirens
  • Black Adam
  • Nightwing
  • Batgirl
  • The Batman
  • Joker and Harley Quinn Movie
  • Standalone Joker Movie

That’s 17 movies that DC has in development. Granted, Justice League comes out in November, and Aquaman is shooting currently. Also, Shazam! will go into production soon, and Wonder Woman II has a release date. But, that leaves 13 movies that they don’t have dates for, and some no directors for. I just don’t see any direction for the universe at all. Honestly, I would like to see every one of the movies on that list. (except maybe Suicide Squad 2) So, I really want them to figure themselves out. It does seem like The Batman is making progress, but new movies are announced all the time. They just need to slow down, figure out what order they want to release the movies, then work on new projects after they make a few more.

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As for the idea of a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, I like the idea. However, I was not a fan of Jared Leto’s Joker. I appreciated him taking a risk and going really far with the portrayal, but i just didn’t think it was they best way to use the character. On the other hand, I absolutely loved Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. I thought she was the best part of Suicide Squad. The relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn is very tragic, especially in the Animated Series, and it has potential for story. So, sure I do like the idea, I just think they should wait it out before doing any other movies. I’d like to see a game plan for the universe before anything else come out. If they announce a release slate, I’ll be all for these movies, but until then I’m apprehensive about all these movies.

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Martin Scorsese Produced Joker Standalone Movie On The Way

Warner Bros. is developing a standalone DC movie focused on the origin of the Joker based on an article from Deadline. Todd Philips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will direct the film and co-write it with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). Jared Leto will not be playing the Joker, and it will not take place within the DCEU. Warner Bros. is planing to use the film to launch a line of DC movies that are unique takes on iconic characters outside of the DCEU. As of now, the film is set in a 1980s Gotham City. Another report says that Martin Scorsese is set to produce the film.

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Fans are pretty upset with this idea. I have to agree with some of the concerns. The way the report states it is that DC is looking to make this a movie based on the origin of the Joker, which I don’t want to see. The Joker works because you don’t know where he came from. No one knows how he became the clown prince of crime. It was handled perfectly in The Dark Knight and the fake stories he made up about how he got his scars. One graphic novel, The Killing Joke, gave him an origin story that wasn’t so in-depth that it ruined the character. If they make a movie focused on Joker in his early years, I would be interested in seeing that. One of the other problems is that DC is just starting their shared universe now.

Right now, DC only has four movies in their shared universe, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman. They also only have two movies officially slated to come out, Justice League and Aquaman. Now is not the time to start a separate universe because they’re barely getting this universe back on track after the negative reviews and box office. (Excluding Wonder Woman) I think they should get their supposedly “in development” movies like The Batman, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, and Nightwing up and going before they do another universe of movies. The separate universe is similar to a line of DC comics called “Elseworlds”, which is when they do an alternate take on certain characters that are each in their own respective universes. For example, there is a story called Speeding Bullets when Clark Kent lands in Gotham City and becomes Batman. I’m fine with them doing separate movies, I actually think it’s a cool idea, but they should wait a little bit longer.

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This story is certainly interesting. Martin Scorsese being involved is definitely the most surprising thing about it. Even though he’s only producing, he could still have a say in certain elements of the film. The thing we always have to remember is, we don’t know anything until we see the final product. It’s fun to speculate and discuss news stories, but it’s not worth freaking out when the movie isn’t even written yet.

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Rumor: Wonder Woman To Appear in The Flash: Flashpoint

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DC seems to be poking up on the love for Wonder Woman because she is rumored to appear in the Flash movie.

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In an article from Forbes about the success of Wonder Woman, it is said that she will be in the upcoming DC movie The Flash: Flashpoint. It also says that it is set for release in 2020. The movie was announced at this year’s Comic Con. Wonder Woman does play a major role in the original comic storyline. Her Amazonians and Aquaman’s army fight over territory of Earth for complicated reasons. Though the movie does focus primarily on Flash and Thomas Wayne Batman.

Forbes isn’t known for doing “scoops”, so this should be taken as a rumor. If this is true, seeing Wonder Woman and Aquaman fight would be amazing. Both characters will be well established with Wonder Woman having two solo films and Aquaman having his solo by this point. As long as they firmly establish the fact that it is set in an alternate universe, audiences shouldn’t be too lost by the idea. Even if she is in the movie, they might not take the comic book approach. She could just simply be a side character in the film. However way they would end up using her would be great with Gal Gadot in the role. She’s really owned the role on the movie screen and in real life.

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Jaume Collet-Serra No Longer Directing ‘Suicide Squad 2’

Jaume Collet-Serra, director of Liam Neeson movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, has turned down Suicide Squad 2 to direct the upcoming Disney film, Jungle Cruise, starring Dwane Johnson.

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A report from Deadline says that Jaume Collet-Serra has signed on the direct the Disney film, Jungle Cruise, which means he will not be directing Suicide Squad 2. Warner Bros. had Collet-Serra as their top choice to take on the project. The report goes on to say that details of the plot are kept under wraps, but it is based on a theme park ride that takes you through the rivers around the world.

This is interesting because we all know that Suicide Squad was received poor reviews, earning a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although it did earn $745 million in the box office. Leaving might be the best choice for Collet-Serra because of the bad taste the first film left in people’s mouths. Also, reports did come out about how Warner Bros. took over David Ayer for the first film, and he wasn’t able to direct the movie he wanted to make.

If Suicide Squad 2 failed, then all eyes would be on him and his directing. This would likely put a damper on his career moving forward. However, if Jungle Cruise were to not go well, then the blow wouldn’t be nearly as hard. It could just be a simple thing of what studio you want to work with. Disney is known to make very good films while the DCEU has not proven itself thus yet.

 

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I’m not very familiar with his directing, but it seems like people enjoy his films. I’m excited to see Jungle Cruise, mainly because Dwane Johnson is in it. Also, I’m sure that Disney and Jaume Collet-Serra can make  fun movie.

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‘Wonder Woman’ to Make Big Oscar Push

Now that it is the highest grossing movie of the summer, Warner Bros. is working towards an Oscar campaign for the DC film, Wonder Woman

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According to a report from Variety, Warner Bros. is going to push to make Wonder Woman the first comic book movie to be nominated for best picture. They are also campaigning for Patty Jenkins to get a best director nomination. No director of a comic book movie has ever been nominated for best director. Looks like they’re trying to break more records than they’ve already broken with the summer hit.

It’s surprising how no comic book movie has been nominated for best picture. The Dark Knight was supposedly the reason why they opened up the number of nominations for best picture to up to ten films. Also, only four female directors have ever been nominated for best director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation). 

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I really loved Wonder Woman, I thought it did a great job of showing a loving, and compassionate woman who could also kick butt at the same time. While the movie was great, I didn’t think it wasn’t one of the top ten comic book movies of all time, not to discredit the movie. My point is, it didn’t really do anything to transcend the genre of comic book movies or anything just outright amazing. Again, I absolutely loved the movie, but I don’t think it was anything Oscar worthy.

It’s great that Warner Bros. is pushing for this to get Oscar buzz. I wouldn’t be upset at all if got a nomination, I’d actually be pretty happy that it got one. Also, this year hasn’t had many Oscar type movies so far, though those usually come late in the year. So, if there isn’t much competition by the end of the year, my opinion might change, and it might have a better chance. One comic book movie that did do something daring and different with the ends this year was Logan. If any comic book movie could be nominated, I would choose Logan because it proved that comic books movies aren’t all the same. It showed what you can do with storytelling with that type of background behind it.

One last time (if I haven’t said it enough), I thought Wonder Woman was amazing, it just doesn’t seem like an Oscar movie.

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