After three movies, it is safe to say that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are still trying to figure out the model to make non-divisive superhero movies. Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad have split audiences, and one of the common complaints had been the darker tone that hovers over each movie. With Geoff Johns now leading the DC Extended Universe, the tone of trailers for Wonder Woman and Justice League seems to point them in a brighter direction. Still, if fans are looking for a light-hearted adventure with plenty of jokes, there was hope that the Booster Gold movie currently in development could fit the bill.
Greg Berlanti has so far been the mastermind behind creating the DC TV universe (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and now Supergirl), but has previously confirmed his involvement and his hopes to direct the Booster Gold movie. Such a project would certainly be a change of pace for the DCEU. However, it turns out that whenever (if?) the Booster Gold film does come out, it will exist outside of DC’s growing universe.
Berlanti was interviewed by Vulture and was asked about the progress on Booster Gold and how it would fit in with the rest of DC’s properties. His response is not likely to sit well with fans waiting to Booster Gold share the screen with other members of the Justice League. He confirms that as of this moment, his movie is not connected to the DCEU:
“As of right now we have no connective tissue to those worlds… It’d be a separate thing.”
While this may be alarming to some fans of the DCEU and Booster Gold specifically, there is still plenty of time to change this. Zack Stentz (Thor) only started working on the script this summer and there are hardly any open release dates for DC movies until 2021. There are multiple other new projects in development at this time, so Booster Gold existing outside the DCEU could mean fans could see it sooner. If it does become part of the DCEU down the line, it’s hard to imagine the studio pushing this ahead of The Batman, Man of Steel 2, Dark Universe or potential sequels and/or spinoffs from Suicide Squad.
Still, the idea of Booster Gold existing in the DCEU would seem to be a hit. Berlanti has proven his ability to create fun environments on TV, and Booster Gold (a wannabe superhero traveling through time) sounds like the change of pace that could help add different genre elements to this universe. Ezra Miller’s portrayal of Flash has already indicated the DCEU will embrace his comedic side, and Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man have proven that there is interest in funnier superhero movies. Including Booster Gold in the DCEU would not only make it easier for casual fans to understand why Superman or Batman are not around in this DC movie, but also give fans of the character the chance to see him fully realized on screen.
Booster Gold is currently without a release date.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.