A movie we’ve not heard about for a very long time is breathing some life again. Super Max, the DC comics-based film which would center around the character of Green Arrow stuck in a prison made for supervillains for a crime he did not commit, is still a work in progress with a new writer about to come aboard to help on the screenplay.
Over two years ago now, David Goyer described his unique superhero movie idea titled Super Max by saying the following:
“It’s like ‘Alcatraz,’ and he has to team up with, in some cases, some of the very same villains he is responsible for incarcerating in order to get out and clear his name. Of course, tons of people try to kill him while he’s in there. We’ve populated the prison with all sorts of B and C villains from the DC Universe. For the fans, there will be all sorts of characters the hardcore comic book junkies will know, but they’re all going to be there under their human names and no one is wearing a costume, but there will be a lot of characters with powers and things like that.”
Screen Rant master Vic made the point that the movie may be a tough sell since the Green Arrow is not known amongst mainstream moviegoers nor will the B and C-level villains be. On top of that, it would be difficult for the audience to gain an interest in the superhero character who would be without his costume and weapons that help make him the character he is. It would just turn into an action movie of sorts that combines the television shows Prison Break and Heroes.
Unfortunately, other than some positive buzz about a draft of the script, there have literally been no updates on this project for over a year. Breaking that silence, David Goyer spoke with MTV briefly about Super Max and it’s current status.
"We're working on that. We're about to bring on another writer… Obviously, Warner Bros. is now heavily into mining all of the various DC properties."
It’s great timing for Warner Brothers to be getting to work on this film with the many recent confirmations on their Green Lantern movie, and speculation surrounding other projects including The Flash, a reboot of the Superman franchise and Batman 3.
Their big competitor, Marvel Studios, is presenting all of their biggest characters (that they own the film rights) to and to compete against them, DC will need to showcase more of their superhero lineup.
However, with the other big budget DC films in development, they could do some work to tie them in together, at least partially. We’ve heard speculation for a while now that the Green Lantern film would feature a cameo by the new Clark Kent – which is very plausible now since the Superman reboot is being fast-tracked.
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It’d be cool and good for the fans and marketing to have another hero from one of those films appear in Super Max, perhaps at the end after he breaks free… or even helping to break him out?
It’s such a shame that Heath Ledger passed away - A cameo by him in prison here would be beyond epic and that by itself could have been the key selling point of the movie.
So, it sounds like people are still at work on Super Max and Goyer can only say that "It's definitely something we're developing." With his new show, Flash Forward, on its way and his full plate of upcoming projects (including X-Men Origins: Magneto), he'll be a busy man. We don’t have a timetable yet on Super Max, but it could be a while.
Are you excited for a Super Max film and who would you like to see appear in it?