Things are looking pretty golden for DC Comics time traveling football player turned superhero turned celebrity. Despite being in the works for a few years, Warner Bros. Booster Gold film hasn’t really had all that much movement, but that looks to be changing.
Speaking with The Warp, prolific writer/director/producer Greg Berlanti, one of the men behind most of The CW’s current crop of comic book related series as well as numerous other projects across the television landscape, shed some light on where the adaptation currently stands in the development process.
“It’s still in development with DC,” Berlanti said. “They’re trying to figure out both the distance that we still have to travel and how we want to execute it.”
Berlanti did not stop there. After having previously told The Vulture in 2016 that Booster Gold would not be part of the current shared DC universe, the tune has now changed as he told The Wrap that WB is trying to figure out “how it’s going to fit into their greater landscape” of their still shifting DC Films slate (in flux since the less than stellar receptions for three of their last four films).
“That’s really on them, they’re still kind of determining their order of business on that end,” Berlanti said.
Created by Dan Jurgens for 1986’s Booster Gold #1, Michael Jon Carter, Booster’s real name, was a rising star quarterback in the far future who lost it all after cheating and gambling that led to him becoming a security guard at a history museum to make ends meet. Studying 20th-century heroes and villains, Carter and the security robot Skeets went to the 20th century and used futuristic technology & knowledge of historical events to stage high-publicity heroics to make Carter a hero and a celebrity.
Along the way, Booster joined the Justice League, became a true hero tasked with protecting all of time itself and became best buddies with Ted Kord the Blue Beetle.
An unorthodox hero like Booster with his humorous and lighter subject matter could be a boon to the struggling DC Film universe alongside the upcoming lighter Shazam!, the Game of Thrones like Aquaman and the anticipated Wonder Woman sequel.
Whether the film will follow that original comic plot or not, Berlanti did note that a writer he likes, reported to be Zack Stentz who has worked on numerous superhero-related projects including Berlanti’s The Flash, has completed a first draft. As for if Berlanti might direct the film, it’s a possibility that he’s open to.
“If the studio is excited — it’s obviously their determination. We finished all the work we need to do on the draft, I would love to do something in that space,” Berlanti said. “I’m still a little clueless on how movies come together. I show up to work every day and make the work as good as I can but then they call me and say, ‘We’re making it!’”
Booster Gold now joins the likes of Green Lantern Corps, Batgirl, Nightwing, The Flash, The Batman and others that are in stages of development but are not potentially close to actually hitting the big screen before possibly 2020 or beyond.