Spielberg Joins DC Comics For World War 2 Action
On Tuesday, DC Comics made a thrilling announcement. Steven Spielberg, fresh off his success with Ready Player One, will produce and direct a DC Comics film. The famed Jaws director will be directing a film based on the Blackhawks comic. The comic is about a group of refugee World War 2 pilots who fight the Nazis with advanced weaponry. Spielberg supposedly has been trying to make this project a reality for years.
In a press release, WB Chairman Toby Emmerich said “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. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”
Spielberg’s frequent collaborator David Koepp will write the script, and Warner Brothers will partner with Amblin Entertainment to make the film. Sue Kroll will also be producing the film. In the press release, the renowned director stated “It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen. 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.”
More News From Around The DC Movie Universe
That is the latest news to come from the DC film franchise this week. Earlier in the week, James Wan responded to some nasty twitter comments. Gossip columnist Grace Randolph had made a snarky comment about Aquaman going into reshoots, and the addition of a new character. Wan decided to fight fire with fire on Twitter:
Hiya Grace! Love your stuff, so I’ll speak up. I didn’t add a new character now, Dr Shin was in the script since day one. I had cast Randall a year ago in Aust (I’m a big fan of his/love FOTB), but I didn’t shoot his stuff till now. Hence, it’s literally “pickups” w him. Cheers. https://t.co/VOnXKW0zJV
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) April 17, 2018
In additional news, Deathstroke actor Joe Manganiello has completed a screen treatment for a film for that character. In an interview with Chris Hardwick, Manganiello said: “I spent six months prior to all those phone calls writing a backstory that was turned into sixteen pages, which were turned into a treatment which went into my Skype call with Gareth [Edwards, the director].”
Birds Of Prey To Delay Suicide Squad 2
The biggest news before the Spielberg announcement this week was filled with girl power. For the Harley Quinn led Birds of Prey film, WB has tapped Cathy Yan. The film has already been scripted by Christina Hodson, who has also written the Batgirl movie. The film, produced by Margot Robbie, will feature Harley Quinn, Batgirl, and several rumored heroines and villains. Robbie’s duties on this film will likely delay filming on Suicide Squad 2 unless her Harley is just a quick cameo.
It seems that Spielberg will be joining a reinvigorated DC Comics film franchise, which is still recovering from the fallout from Justice League‘s less than stellar (and in this writer’s opinion, undeserved) reception.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on all these movies and developments.