Robert DeNiro in Talks for WB’s Joker Movie


Well we still don’t know if Martin Scorsese has remained involved in the WB’s upcoming Joker origin movie, but in the meantime it appears that one of his long-time collaborators is close to joining the project. The movie, which we recently learned is simply called Joker, already has Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role and is now continuing to fill out its supporting cast. From what we are hearing, Robert DeNiro is ready to make this his first comic book movie appearance. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Robert DeNiro is in negotiations to join the cast of WB’s Joker, an origin story set in Gotham City in the early 1980s. Although his exact role remains under wraps, we are hearing that he would play “a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin.” Sounds like the casting may have been inspired by DeNiro’s performance in the underrated Scorsese cult classic, The King of Comedy.

Last week it was also being reported that Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Atlanta) was also in talks to play “a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become The Clown Prince of Crime.” The movie is being directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and has been described as more of a dark crime thriller than an action movie. They are clearly trying to pull in some serious dramatic acting talent although it is up for debate whether DeNiro has brought his “A” game in quite some time. What do you think of this latest casting news?

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  • devolutionary

    Sounds intriguing (at last a lot more than a Jared Leto spinoff). Would DeNiro be playing the Jerry Lewis/Langford figure from King of Comedy? There is an alternate Joker origin based on the Killing Joke where he starts out as a failed standup comedian and becomes the Red Hood, so this could be good.

  • Lori Cerny

    This is bizarro world, to me.

  • Loren

    DeNiro should just stick to running his hotel businesses.

  • Henrik

    I love the king of comedy so the picture makes this story good.