Time-traveling (and usually egotistical) DC Comics superhero Michael Jon Carter – better known by his alias Booster Gold – is a character that Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl TV show co-creator Greg Berlanti has attempted to bring to the small screen too (since as far back as 2011). Over the past year, some fans have speculated that Booster Gold is a likely candidate to show up on the Arrow/Flash TV show spinoff Legends of Tomorrow (also co-created by Berlanti), all the more so because the character worked alongside Legends co-protagonist Rip Hunter in such comic book storylines as the post-Infinity Crisis 52 limited series published in 2006 (among other DC Comics narrative arcs).
More recently, however, it came to light that Berlanti may be involved with development of a Booster Gold movie for the DC Extended Universe, with X-Men: First Class and Thor co-writer Zack Stentz having been recruited to put the script together. Berlanti has now confirmed as much to be true and said that he would even like to direct the feature, should it eventually receive a green light from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Booster Gold movie confirmation from Berlanti arrived as part of a much larger (and more in-depth) interview between the Flash/Arrow TV series co-showrunner and THR. Berlanti was asked how he would feel if WB asked him to act as the “creative mastermind” for the DCEU, similar to what the Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige does for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (on the film side, anyway). He confirmed the Booster Gold news during the course of his answer (see below):
It’s never even really come up. Peter [Roth, president of Warner Bros. TV] knows how much I love the characters, and I like being part of this universe in any way that they’ll all allow and are interested in me being a part. That’s the truth. 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.
A Booster Gold movie written by Stentz and potentially directed by Berlanti should fall more on the more playful and quirkier side of the superhero movie genre, perhaps resembling an action/comedy more in the vein of The Flash TV show than director Zack Snyder’s brooding first two installments in the DCEU (Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice). It’s worth noting that a Shazam film – starring Dwayne Johson as the DC Comics super-villain Black Adam – is already officially part of the DCEU’s slate on through to 2020, so it’s not as though there isn’t a precedent for another “comedic” superhero flick like Booster Gold to be added to the lineup too (should WB/DC ultimately deem it fit).
Some fans has fairly expressed concerns that the DCEU is general is going to embrace a more comedic tone (or, rather, be “dumbed down”) moving forward, in response to the criticisms lobbied against Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. However, this doesn’t necessarily look to be the case right now; after all, next year’s Wonder Woman solo movie has been described as “pretty dark” by star Gal Gadot. Meanwhile, such in-development DCEU installments as David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder’s Justice League Part One and James Wan’s Aquaman alike are looking to balance out their darker thematic element with more joyful (read: “fun”) superhero-based spectacle and interactions.
That is to say: there appears to be room for upcoming DCEU films to embrace a range of tones, including something more light-hearted in the case of a Booster Gold movie potentially directed by Berlanti. Let us know in the comments if you agree/disagree, of course.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two 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.
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