Beyond this fall’s Aquaman and 2019’s Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2, a lot about Warner Bros.’ DC Comics-based film slate is up in the air. There are numerous projects in various levels of development or proposal with most seemingly not anywhere near the big screen.
Those films include characters from the Flash to Cyborg to Harley Quinn to Batman and now Blackhawk.
Announced by DC, Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment have reached a deal with Warner Bros. for Spielberg to produce a Blackhawk feature film based upon the Quality Comics & DC Comics World World II era pilot characters known as the Blackhawks. Currently, he’s just set to produce the film, but reportedly Spielberg is hoping to also direct the film that will bring the legendary director into the DC Universe.
“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player Oneto the screen,” Spielberg said. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”
In the world of comics, Blackhawk is a wartime adventure series focusing on the titular Blackhawk, who commanded a squadron of ace pilots also known as the Blackhawks or the Blackhawk Squadron. The squadron would battle the Axis powers, as well as more fantastic super-villains and war machines, such as the memorable shark planes, which could operate in water as well as in the air. While the team debuted in 1941 in the heart of comics’ Golden Age, they’ve also been adapted to the modern era as a part of The New 52 and have spawned a well-known DC heroine, Lady Blackhawk, who joined the series in the late 1950s.
Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp, a frequent Spielberg collaborator, is set to write the Blackhawk screenplay.
“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”
Expect much more on this going forward, but for now, let us know your thoughts on seeing the high-flying Blackhawks on the big screen!