Imagine that you’re Jared Leto. Stay with us here—don’t run off in search of discarded prophylactics with which to torment your co-stars. Okay, so you’re Jared Leto, actor, musician, and walking gallery exhibit. You’re one year off the release of Suicide Squad, a movie you poured so much of yourself into while playing the Joker, which was then left in a puddle on the editing room floor by David Ayers. That definitely stung, which is why you pouted about waiting for the sweet release of death in order to have people see the extent of your greatness. Still, you put a metallic smile on your face upon learning that not only do you get to shop at Hot Topic again for your Suicide Squad 2 wardrobe, but you’re also getting a romantic spin-off with Margot Robbie.
But all is not well in Gotham—Warner Bros. only offered you that Joker and Harley Quinn movie after announcing a separate movie about the Clown Prince of Crime. And that project might be produced by prestigious filmmaker Martin Scorsese, while you’re working with the makers of Crazy Stupid Love. It’s enough to throw even a Zen master like yourself, really, and that’s all before Leonardo DiCaprio’s name starts getting thrown around. So someone close to you spills the beans to The Hollywood Reporter, making your “displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers known to his CAA agents, and rival agency WME has been using the concern to court him.about you.”
Now, Warner Bros. hasn’t made DiCaprio an offer to take on the role of the Joker, nor has the studio even firmed up Scorsese’s deal. But THR’s sources indicate that bringing the director on board is the first move in establishing a “classy” Joker franchise, and not one starring a guy who looks like a Joker costume model.