The Tracking Board is reporting that Greg Berlanti, who is basically the Kevin Feige of DC TV shows, will now be playing around over at DC film division again. The producer, who has spearheaded the successful and ever-growing DCverse on The CW made up of “Arrow“, “The Flash“, “Vixen“, “Legends of Tomorrow“, and potentially CBS’ “Supergirl” as well, has signed on to executive produce and direct a film centering on popular DC characters Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Fellow DC TV producer Sarah Schechter will also produce, with Julia Spiro on board to produce from the studio side of things. No word on who will script, but I’m guessing Berlanti will take care of that task himself.
Envisioned as a buddy action comedy between the two heroes, the film is expected to be much lighter-hearted than the other films on DC’s film slate. An emphasis on comedy could prove a welcome change of pace for the studio, amidst a run of films that are all expected to be rather dark and grim in tone. If anyone is up to the task, it’s Berlanti.
This isn’t the first time Berlanti has been involved with a DC film. The man co-wrote 2011’s Green Lantern misfire, but given the insurmountable troubles that plagued that project on every level of production, we won’t hold that against him. Berlanti & Co. actually tried to score both Booster Gold and Blue Beetle for their shows in the past, but were not granted permission. Now we know why: WB wants them on the big screen instead.
Booster Gold, also known as Michael Jon Carter, is a bit of an egomaniac and actually hails from the future. His reputation ruined in the 25th century, Carter traveled back through time to our present and set himself up as self-absorbed superhero Booster Gold. Blue Beetle, also known as Ted Kord, was a tech genius who eventually took up the mantle of the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garret. Both heroes have frequently teamed up in the comics and make for a fine big screen pair.
On a more personal note, I’ve constantly hoped that fellow CW alums Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki (both from “Supernatural“) would get a chance to play around in the channel’s DCverse, even if only for a guest spot. I’d always joked that they make great guest stars as brotherly superhero duo Hawk & Dove, but perhaps I should aim higher? It’s time those gentlemen left “Supernatural” behind anyway, be it after the upcoming 11th season or perhaps the inevitable 12th. What better way to carve out a new, albeit equally geek-oriented, career than to hop on board Booster Gold & Blue Beetle with Greg Berlanti? After all, it probably won’t be hitting theaters until about 2020 anyway. Think about it, fellas.
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