This news was insane considering DCEU hater Bob Chipman said that if he could have cast the joker he would have recruited Leo and had him channel his 'Wolf of Wall Street" Persona.
Variety and Hollywood Reporter are two of the oldest and most trusted sources in Hollywood. They only report rumors when they're highly substantiated
Change always occurs at some point.
Mainstream Journalism as applied to serious issues is dead. Why wouldn't that extend to Hollywood productions and the news covering them too?