Honestly, it all sounded like a good idea in theory...a gritty “standalone” Joker origin movie helmed (well, to some degree) by Martin Scorsese. Sure, Warner Bros. would still move full steam ahead with another Suicide Squad flick, and a related Joker & Harley movie…but, you know, the more the merrier.
But some fans of the character apparently HATE this idea—especially the concept of giving greater “definition” to the Joker’s backstory. And now it’s possible that you can add current Joker actor Jared Leto that list of unhappy people.
According to this Hollywood Reporter article, Warner Bros. might have brought on Scorsese specifically to court Leonardo DiCaprio to the role of the Joker in the standalone origin film.
And apparently this all kind of feels to Leto like a bit of a diss.
Per the same article, Leto was reportedly “caught off-guard” regarding the proposed new Joker movie, and expressed “his displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers” to his agents.
And can you really blame him? He seemed initially excited about the possibility of playing the character again. But then all this talk comes out of nowhere about a “prestigious” Joker flick w/ film legend Scorcese that markedly does not include Leto. I mean, DiCaprio is virtually like Leto’s “rival,” in a way. They are roughly the same age and vying for similar high-profile roles.
So what does this all mean? As the Hollywood Reporter story indicates, “chances of landing DiCaprio could be slim to none.” But you might have said the same thing about Jack Nicholson in terms of the 1989 Batman. And if DiCaprio did come on board…would this mean Leto would leave the DC Extended Universe/Suicide Squad franchise?
Leto, who will also be appearing in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel soon, doesn’t “need” the Joker role as some make-or-break thing for his career. I mean certainly, the dividends on doing a superhero franchise movie must be nice. But he’ll be OK if he decides to walk.
I guess the question is…what will be the overall impact of this “multiple Joker” business on the cinematic viability of the character?