Leonardo DiCaprio replaces Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker in an awesome piece of fan art.
There’s still a few weeks to go before Joaquin Phoenix takes the world by storm in Todd Phillips’ Joker, but it’s always interesting to picture other actors in the iconic role to imagine what their version of the Joker would turn out like. One name that’s come up a few times is Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio. However, Todd Phillips recently debunked a rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio was the first choice for the role in Joker, stating the film was written with Joaquin Phoenix in mind.
Although Todd Phillips denies that Leonardo DiCaprio was ever in the running for the role, a stunning piece of art by digital artist Dalton Barrett imagines the actor as the Joker. The art seemingly takes inspiration from the Joker’s white and purple suit from Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. While it’s quite clearly Leonardo DiCaprio, the Joker’s iconic smile makes the actor look truly unhinged. Check out the artwork featuring Leonardo DiCaprio below.
Joker has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics and attendees from its respective screenings at major film festivals, even winning the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. Both Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal and Todd Phillips’ direction have received praise.
Would you want to see Leonardo DiCaprio become the Joker on the big screen? Or are you more excited to see Joaquin Phoenix in the role? Let us know in the comments section!
Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night… But finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019. Stay tuned for the latest news on Leonardo DiCaprio, Joaquin Phoenix and the highly-anticipated movie!
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.