The DC Cinematic Universe is about to take a serious step toward legitimacy with the announcement of a ‘Joker’ origin movie. The Joker has long been one of the most popular characters in comic book history as well as one of the most iconic characters of all time. It was rumored a few weeks ago that the Joker would be getting his own film and now new details are starting to come out. DC knows that they have to hit this one out of the park in order to rebound from the abysmal reviews that followed their ‘Suicide Squad’ film which starred Jared Leto as the Clown Prince of Crime. The news that has leaked will shock you.
When the announcement was first made that a ‘Joker’ origin movie was being made many people instantly wondered as to the future of Jared Leto in the role. We can confirm that Jared Leto will not be reprising his role as the Clown Prince and instead there are talks of Leonardo DiCaprio taking on the role. Now, any project with DiCaprio probably has a head full of steam but he isn’t even the largest name potentially attached to be involved — Martin Scorsese is. It was reported that Martin Scorsese, the legendary director, is looking to produce the project while Todd Phillips (‘The Hangover, ‘War Dogs’) would take on the role of directing.
While jumping from Leto to DiCaprio would be jarring it wouldn’t be an unheard of move, especially for DC. The DC Extended Universe has made no bones about re-casting actors between films. You need only look at how they are treating their small screen heroes like the Flash to understand that. DC hasn’t confirmed that DiCaprio has taken the role and most of this is just conjecture at this point but it is easy to see that DC is shooting for the stars for this origin film.
Perhaps the biggest news that we can confirm is that the ‘Joker’ origin film will not be a part of the larger DC Universe. An interview with Vulture Magazine showcased the fact that DC is working on an entirely new banner of films to be released. This new banner is going to focus on taking prominent DC characters in order to give them a chance to stand on their own while approaching them as individual, self contained stories. This could be a huge move by DC to catch up with the rapidly accelerating Marvel Cinematic Universe.