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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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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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