Warner Bros. took the industry by surprise last week when it announced that Martin Scorsese was teaming up with the studio to produce a standalone Joker film, telling the story of the villain’s origin.
Sources say Warners will make an attempt to use Scorsese to bring Leonardo DiCaprio into the world of comic-book movies.
Todd Phillipsis now co-writing the script with 8 Mile’s Scott Silver and will co-produce with Martin Scorsese. There’s no offer for DiCaprio yet and Scorsese’s involvement isn’t even a done deal.
The plan to hire Leo could work if, according to “sources“, he’d be playing a Scorsese-esque crime boss more like Jack Nicholson in “The Departed“, which would be an interesting handing-off-of-the-torch from one Joker to another. Todd Phillips, the filmmaker behind The Hangover trilogy and War Dogs, is writing the screenplay and intends to direct, but the heavy hitter in this news was Scorsese, who has been linked to the project as a potential producer.
As initially reported, the film is meant to stand separately from the shared universe of DC superhero properties which has included Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros.’ new Joker movie-and the new banner of “Elseworlds”-style movies in the DC universe-just got even weirder thanks to a new Hollywood report from The Hollywood Reporter“.
The Joker has previously been played on the big screen by Jack Nicholson in Batman, by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad.
The Scorsese connection is certainly strong however, given how frequently the pair have teamed up on films including Shutter Island, Gangs of NY and The Departed.