With both Marvel and Warners focusing their energies into making their respective superhero films part of larger, interwoven cinematic tapestries, it seems strange that a new project from either them would be just a standalone feature with no connection to the studio’s larger output. But that is the case with Warner Brothers’ Booster Gold, a superhero film being developed by Arrow and The Flash TV series producer Greg Berlanti.
This revelation comes via an interview with Vulture in which Berlanti states –
As of right now we have no connective tissue to those worlds. It’d be a separate thing.
Created by writer/artist Dan Jurgens and first bursting onto the comics scene in 1986, Booster Gold is a former 25th century football star who becomes a superhero after he time travels back from the 20th century to escape a cheating scandal. Although he initially uses his knowledge of what to him is the past but to us is the present to gain fame and some fortune, he grew to become a true hero. The series was noted for its light comedic tone, and when writer Keith Giffen paired the character with Blue Beetle for a new Justice League series in 1987, a fan favorite comedy duo was born.
Berlanti originally was developing the comic as a TV series with Andrew Kreisberg, who serves as a writer/producer on Berlanti’s othe superhero TV shows. When the project’s television prospects didn’t pan out, the pair took it to DC Films’ Geoff Johns who was excited about making it a big screen story. They have since enlisted writer Zack Stentz, whose resume includes work on Thor and X-Men: First Class as well as episodes of The Flash, to work on the screenplay. The film is still in development, but Berlanti does have hopes that he would be the one directing it.
I have to say that I am split on Booster Gold not being tied to the larger cinematic DC Extended Universe. On one hand, if the studio is indeed looking to lighten the overall tone, the injection of Booster Gold into things could certainly go a long way in helping with that. Then again, to truly get the tone of the comic, the film would need to be so different from what we are seeing now that it could be very jarring. Would Berlanti and crew need to make significant changes to the character and concept to keep it lined up with what has come before? Possibly, and I don’t think I would like that too much.