Booster Gold and Blue Beetle may be get their own film, and it could be awesome
DC and Warner Bros. are reportedly adding another live-action film to their superhero line-up, this one starring Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. That means DC and WB are either expanding into a more light-hearted direction, or they have lost their minds.
According to The Tracking Board, WB is looking to snag screenwriter Zak Penn, who recently turned in his Ready Player One script after working with Marvel on the story for The Avengers and X-Men: The Last Stand. The report also states that the film will be produced and directed by Greg Berlanti, one of the people responsible for DC’s recent success on TV with Arrow and The Flash, as well as the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.
Both Booster Gold and Blue Beetle have their own individual stories, but together they have what is arguably DC’s greatest bromance.
The pair have appeared together in several comics, but their most famous stint was during the Giffen and DeMatteis run on Justice League that began in 1987. The team at the time was nothing like its current iterations where gods in costumes defend the universe from the threat of whatever wants to kill us this month. Instead, it was more of an outright comedy where Batman knocked out Guy Gardner in one punch, Captain Marvel said “golly” a bunch, and the Martian Manhunter revealed a love of Oreoes that bordered on addiction.
Throughout the run, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle were the comic relief in a comedic series. They joked, they schemed, they opened a resort called “Club JLI” on the island of KooeyKooeyKooey. It was weird, but it worked for the time.
The film – which is still very much unconfirmed beyond unnamed sources – is said to be under development as a buddy cop-style comedy, which would stand in stark contrast to the ultra-gritty look of Zack Snyder’s films, and the hardcore brutality of Suicide Squad.
There’s something very fitting in that. The Justice League run that focused on Booster Gold and Blue Beetle was itself a reaction to the darker tone of comics in the 80s spearheaded by stories like The Dark Knight Returns and the various X-titles that focused on humans killing mutants.
It isn’t known how the characters will be depicted, but they will probably need an overhaul.
There have been a few Blue Beetles, but the one that is typically connected to Booster Gold is Ted Kord. Depending on who wrote him, Kord was either a successful inventor and industrialist, or a loveable but hapless loser always looking for the next get-rich-quick scheme. Later Blue Beetles would gain super powers, but Kord was an average human with exceptional physical skills and cool gadgets.
Booster Gold, on the other hand, is a time traveller from the 25th century. In the future, he is a former football player turned night watchman who steals a Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring, and a heads back in time to become famous. In our present, he is as much a celebrity entertainer as a hero, but occasionally finds his way to doing the right thing.
Both characters have been considered for the small screen treatment, but never this high profile. Booster Gold was in an episode of Smallville, and a Blue Beetle series was considered as a replacement for that show before Birds of Prey briefly killed the genre.
Again, this is all unconfirmed. If it happens, it likely wouldn’t be for a few years at least – unless WB decides to push multiple DC films each year and not just two. That will probably depend on how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad do at the box office.