Greg Berlanti has confirmed he’ll be bringing time-traveling show-off Booster Gold to the big screen. Will the style of the TV shows be coming with him? Read more after the jump.
While everyone’s talking about the similarities between Civil War and Batman V Superman, let’s not forget the differences. For example, the way they go about their TV franchises couldn’t be more opposite. Marvel keeps a similar tone with Agents of SHIELD and uses shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones to amp up the grit, sex and violence its adult fan-base are pining for. In comparison DC has no significant ties tonally or thematically between its films and TV shows. On one side you have Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and on the smaller screen side you have The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Colourful, campy, chock-full of banter and mostly vanilla.
This is chiefly down to the co-creator of these shows, Greg Berlanti, who’s steered the direction for the TV side of the DC universe. But now it looks like Berlanti could be bringing his brand of DC sweetness to the big screen with a new DC character, Booster Gold.
The news from The Hollywood Reporter is that Berlanti will be making a move from DC TV to DC film with Booster Gold, a character that hasn’t yet appeared on either screen (aside from an episode of Smallville). If you’re not familiar with the character, Booster Gold is a time-traveler who comes back to the modern DC day from the future. All in all he’s a bit of a show-boat, and uses futuristic gadgets and knowledge to get glory and attention. He’s also a member of the Justice League from time to time. Booster Gold is certainly one of the more comically flawed characters in the DC universe, so making a film about a silly-show-boating hero sounds like it could fall right into Berlanti’s wheel-house.
Here’s what Berlanti had to say to THR:
I’m attached to a few films [at Warner Bros.] now, and one, Booster Gold, is a DC property. Zack Stentz, who wrote an episode of Flash last year, just got the job, so he’s writing the script now. I’d probably direct that, or I would want to. But I don’t see my cup as limited. I actually think some of the stuff we get to do on the TV side is richer, deeper and more like the true comic books in the sense that you’re always able to explore a new thing the next week and the stories grow wider and wider.
As well as working momentarily on The Flash series Zack Stentz has had a pretty fruitful career writing movies of late. Not only did he work on the screenplays fro Thor and X-Men: First Class, but he also contributed to the screenplay for the Power Rangers reboot.
This isn’t the first time that Berlanti’s made the medium switch for DC. Back in 2011 he co-produced and co-wrote the Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds. While the film was a notorious failure on all counts, Berlanti was kept around in the DC family. This could potentially be a danger signal. Since Green Lantern, Berlanti has also worked on Wrath of the Titans and Pan, neither of which were particularly big hits with audiences or critics. Could the assistance of Stentz turn Berlanti’s movie luck around?
Despite Berlanti’s involvement being something of a red flag for non-fans of the DC TV shows, the inclusion of Booster Gold in the movie schedule is an interesting one. A precedent has already been set by the Snyder films for a dark and intensive tone. However, there is clearly room in opinion of movie-goers for the other movies to divert from that tone. Characters like The Flash and Shazam have some potential for light-heartedness in their standalone films, given that the characters are funny in their own right. The news of a Booster Gold movie could be another nod that the DCEU won’t be monochrome as people might be thinking.
Booster Gold doesn’t have a release date. Watch this space for all the latest DC movie news.