The Chicago Wizard World Comic Con has been running all weekend and the news and rumors continue to fly. The celebrity guests include Stephen Amell, William Shatner, and fan favorite Nathan Fillion, former star of the short-lived science fiction show Firefly and current star of ABC’s crime drama Castle.
The idea of lobbying for a superhero gig is far from rare these days, especially since big budget superhero films are where all the money and attention are in Hollywood at the moment. Vin Diesel, who already voices Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, has an ongoing campaign to gather fan support for a potential role in Inhumans. Meanwhile, Tyrese Gibson seems to have made some headway with his goal of playing Green Lantern. Now Fillion has expressed interest in playing the role of another DC Comics hero during this weekend’s convention.
An audience member at the Wizard World Chicago Firefly panel Q&A asked Fillion which hero from the DC Comics or Marvel universes he would most like to portray. As recorded by ComicBook.com, this was his characteristically witty reply:
“I think I could take a pretty good crack at Booster Gold. That’s kind of my niche: show-offy, vain… I think I could handle that. Not too bright. I think Ambush Bug – you like that? A little bit off his rocker, you’d never see my face. But I think Greatest American Hero is due for a reboot.”
Booster Gold is one of those superheroes that has gone unnoticed by the mainstream until this point, making his most notable appearances on animated shows like Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Brave and the Bold and Legion of Super-Heroes. The character was created by comic book legend Dan Jergens, who would go on for his memorable work in the epic Death of Superman story arc. Booster, whose real name is Michael Jon Carter, was born far into the future in 25th century Gotham City. He later moved to 20th century Metropolis and began his career as a world famous superhero, complete with endorsement deals and movie contracts. He is a blonde, shiny example of everything that most superheroes strive not to be.
He has made only one live action appearance in a small cameo on one episode of Smallville. Prior to their work on Arrow and The Flash for the CW Network, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were commissioned by the SyFy network to develop a Booster Gold standalone series. Needless to say, that series never ended up seeing the light of day, but a name like Fillion’s could really put the star power and charisma behind a character like Booster Gold and make the hero a household name.
Fillion also mentioned DC Comics character Ambush Bug and The Greatest American Hero. Ambush Bug is a pretty over the top concept, but it would certainly fit in his wheelhouse. The mentally ill hero, known by his supposedly real name of Irwin Schwab, would be a role that probably only Fillion could make work. The Greatest American Hero is known to hardcore geeks as a slightly bumbling superhero that enjoyed a three season series in the early 1980s. His cult status and the comedic situations that arise while he tries to figure out how to use his alien given superpowers would also be perfect for Fillion. These are both great ideas, but Booster Gold is probably the most marketable route, if any.
Fillion has a nerd pass to do pretty much anything he wants and fans will get behind it. The Booster Gold character certainly fits his persona – and imagine if they could cast Bruce Campell as the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle, who is often found pairing with Gold. It could very well be the best buddy flick of all time. We’ll have to wait and see if Hollywood comes knocking.