Depending on who you ask, "Body of Lies" actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been pushing all the right buttons -- so much so that he's landed the leading role in "Button Man," a brand-new movie based on the comic book property of the same name.
According to Production Weekly, "Button Man" focuses on Harry Exton, an ex-mercenary that participates in a violent underground sport known as "the game." Exton is one of several killers -- appropriately called 'button men' -- that define victory by slaying their opponent or claiming the first two joints of their victim's finger. When Harry decides to retire from the sport, he learns the hard way that his own survival is anything but a game.
DiCaprio is expected to star as Exton in the "2000 A.D." comic book adaptation, from the same publishers of the in-development "Judge Dredd" relaunch. The actor-producer has snatched up the rights to several graphic novel properties as of late, such as the manga franchises "Ninja Scroll" and "Akira" -- though he says that he won't star in either film.
The erstwhile "Titanic" star has also found himself at the center of some higher profile comic book rumors in the last year. Alongside "Inglourious Basterds" actor Brad Pitt, DiCaprio has been mentioned as a contender for Steve Rogers in "The First Avenger: Captain America."
Other than DiCaprio's newly announced "Button Man" and his attachment to "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan's upcoming film "Inception," not much is known about the Academy Award nominated actor's involvement in comic book movie properties -- except that he's keeping Nolan from diving straight into "Batman 3." Boo, DiCaprio! Boo!
Are you psyched for DiCaprio to hop into the world of comic book cinema? Is he better suited for a high-profile role such as Captain America or his lesser known gig in "Button Man"? Sound off in the comments section!