Last week, it was reported that Warner Brothers was working on a movie showcasing the origin story for The Joker, Batman's longtime archenemy. Some of the most surprising news surrounding the revelation was that Martin Scorsese, the man behind films like Taxi Driver, was tapped as a producer.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported (as they do) that sources have revealed a bit of a conspiracy when it comes to this personnel decision. Apparently, it's all about luring Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio in to the film.
The idea is that the involvement of Scorsese, a longtime collaborator of DiCaprio, will be enough to make this project the Comic Book film that brings the star of The Revenant into the DCEU. The pair has worked together on Shutter Island, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
It's an interesting proposition. DiCaprio has traditionally shied away from ultra mainstream projects, opting instead for original screenplays led by prestigious directors. This would certainly mark a shift in Leo's career, as a film adapting one of the most popular comic book villains of all time would certainly be considered mainstream.
The actor could definitely bring a certain level of legitimacy to the film, which might be important. Many people see this project as unnecessary or even harmful to the character (one of Joker's most notable traits is his uncertain past). Sources say DiCaprio would be the first choice of the studio to play the head of an underworld crime syndicate.
The movie would be the first under a new label, one canonically disconnected from the core films in the DCEU (Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, etc). The new label's purpose is to allow for experimentation with untraditional takes on characters from DC Comics (and of course to make money).
The other interesting thing to note about the Joker film is that it's being directed by Todd Phillips, the man behind The Hangover. How do you feel about the people getting involved with the project, or the fact that the project exists in general? Let us know in the comments or over on PolarCap's Twitter.