Following the revelation of DC's and Warner Brothers' plan to make a stand-alone origin movie for the Joker, rumors about the studios' desire to cast Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio as the Clown Prince of Crime are running wild online. Though nothing has been confirmed or denied yet, the prospect of DiCaprio portraying the famous comic book villain was enough to get fans excited. But if DiCaprio has his way, he'll be playing a very different type of comic book legend.
During his panel at the Wizard World Nashville, #Marvel legend Stan Lee revealed that actor #LeonardoDiCaprio was actually a big fan of Lee himself. In fact, DiCaprio admires Lee and his works so much that he wants to portray the iconic artist in a potential biopic.
Leonardo DiCaprio As Stan The Man?
This all started when DiCaprio ran up to Lee's car when the two realized that they were actually neighbors. Their quick chat on the road led to DiCaprio inviting Lee into his house, where the actor revealed his desire to star in a biopic about the comics creator. Lee then revealed what he was willing to do to see DiCaprio's idea become a reality.
Stan Lee: Doing a movie of my life, with him playing me, and I said, 'I'm not sure you're good-looking enough. We'll test you, see how you look, see how it comes out, don't get too excited, we'll let you know.
For those wondering if the lead actor of critically acclaimed dramas such as The Revenant or The Wolf of Wall Street is capable of starring and helping produce a movie based on one of pop culture's most beloved personalities, Lee said that DiCaprio is an even bigger Marvel nut than anyone could have guessed.
"He's a big marvel fan, in his house, he has huge posters on his walls, all over, Marvel posters. He's great."
What Would A Stan Lee Biopic Cover?
As all comic book fans will know, Stan Lee's name is synonymous to Marvel comics and the entertainment medium in general. He lived through the maturity of superhero comics and started working in the field in 1939. He then helped create the most popular Marvel heroes during the '60s, inadvertently helped reform the constrictive Comics Code Authority (CCA) in the '70s, and turned Marvel into the influential powerhouse it is today when he stopped writing comics to become a full-time publisher at #MarvelComics.
The comic icon's story is just as colorful as that of the many superheroes he created over the course of his illustrious career, and it's a story that would make for a good period piece. That, and a biopic about his life and times could reveal not-so well-known facts about some Marvel heroes, such as how Stan Lee's wife Joan Boocock Lee (above) convinced him to create the Fantastic Four.
Given the newfound popularity and relevance of superheroes in today's media, a biopic about the genre's rags-to-riches story is not only a good idea, but inevitable as well. Using Stan Lee as a focal point will make the movie accessible to those who love the Marvel Cinematic Universe (#MCU), and adding Leonardo DiCaprio to the mix will give further credibility to the film.
Stan Lee can (most likely) be seen in this year's Thor: Ragnarok with yet another cameo appearance.
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