Warner Bros. looks to be swinging for the fences when it comes to The Joker.
Not only has the studio entered negotiations with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese about the possibility of producing the “super dark” origin movie, one which Todd Phillips (The Hangover) would direct, but just the other week we heard that WB brass are targeting none other than Leonardo DiCaprio for the gig.
Details are scarce, and it’s unclear how the studio plans to incorporate the A-list star into the mix if The Joker is to be an origin story involving the Clown Prince of Crime, but given that The Wolf of Wall Street actor hasn’t been confirmed for the job just yet, fans have been putting forth tons of suggestions for who could take the role, and one person who’s found himself with quite a bit of support is none other than Christian Bale.
Of course, Bale played the Dark Knight back in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, so seeing him in the role of Mr. J would be pretty interesting and a lot of fun for fans. Whether he’d even be into the idea of playing the Joker is currently unknown, but some new art from Boss Logic has now given us an idea of what the actor may look like as the iconic villain, and we’ve gotta say, Bale could definitely pull it off – at least visually.
Check it out in the gallery down below, along with some fan art of DiCaprio that surfaced last week (in case you missed it).
Looks good, right? Again, there’s nothing to say that Bale would have any interest in this, or if Warner Bros. would even consider him, but we think that it could work out pretty well. We’ve seen his more maniacal side before in American Psycho and he’s a tremendously gifted performer who can disappear into any role with ease. Could we see him re-enter the world of DC Comics one day, then? Never say never, but we wouldn’t hold our breath for it to happen.
The Joker is still simmering away in the formative stages of development, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on the project – including DiCaprio, and perhaps even Bale’s, potential involvement in it – as more details begin to emerge. In the meantime, you can share your preliminary thoughts and reactions to the film via the comments section below.