Warner Bros. is eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to star in its planned solo Joker film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the project has not been confirmed by the studio, the Hollywood trade reports that the rumored enlistment of Martin Scorsese as producer on the film was done in part to help broach better relationship with DiCaprio, as the director and actor have collaborated on five films together.
Warner Bros. purportedly wants DiCaprio "or another A-lister" to play the Joker as "a gritty crime boss in a Scorsese-esque Gotham underworld."
THR reports that Scorsese has not yet signed the contract to produce the Joker film, but that The Hangover's Todd Phillips is in line to direct.
In the past, DiCaprio has said he was approached on several occasions for superhero roles including Batman Forever's Robin and Sam Raimi's titular Spider-Man role. When asked in 2015 if he had interest in doing a superhero movie, the Titan star was coy.
"You never know. You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies," DiCaprio told The Short List. "I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything."