One of the things that Warner Bros. and DC have taken pride in is the darker, edgier tone of their films. There were even rumors last year that the studio had invoked a “no jokes” policy in regards to its movies. The idea has always been for them to distance themselves from their main rival, Marvel, whose films usually have lighter, more comedic moments sprinkled throughout their stories.
It appears that’s about to change however, as The Tracking Board is reporting that the studio is developing a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle team-up film, rumored to be “ a superhero buddy cop movie.” The report states that Greg Berlanti is heavily involved with the production and that he is actually set to not only executive produce the feature, but to direct it as well. (Heroic Hollywood has taken it one step further and indicated that Zak Penn is being courted to write the script).
News about Berlanti’s involvement isn’t all that surprising, given that he’s been trying to get something going in regards to Booster Gold for a number of years now. (He previously wrote a pilot for a Booster Gold TV series that was being courted by SyFy). Rumors began to swirl that the characters would make an appearance on The Flash or DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, although it appears now that there are bigger plans for the two.
For those of you that don’t know, here’s a quick breakdown of the characters and their powers, via DC Wiki:
Michael Jon Carter, aka Booster Gold, is a time-traveling super-hero from the 25th Century who uses high-tech equipment to fight crime, alongside his robotic side-kick Skeets. His best friend and most regular partner is Blue Beetle.
Ted Kord was the second hero to call himself Blue Beetle, successor to Dan Garrett. Garrett was his mentor and he vowed to take up the crime-fighting legacy, although when he found himself unable to activate the Blue Beetle Scarab he turned to science and martial arts instead.
The two often team up and their partnership usually leads to interesting scenarios, mostly of the comedic variety. They have also both previously been members of the Justice League, which is exactly where the DCEU is headed.
This is a big departure for the studio, especially given all of the talk about the more serious and grounded approach they were said to be going for in their universe. As with most projects, whether this works or not is going to hinge on casting and an amazing script. While these particular characters are ripe for a comedic escapade, it remains to be seen how well they will fit in with the overly serious tones already in place in the DCEU. Then again, we’re dealing with super-powered heroes ripped from the pages of comic books. In the grand scheme of things, how serious can they really be?
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