Booster Gold and Blue Beetle Comic Books Optioned

September 17, 2015

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are developing a feature film centering on the popular DC Comics duo of Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle, according to The Tracking Board — and helming the project as director and executive producer is one of the studio’s television juggernauts: Greg Berlanti of “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl” fame.

The fan-favorite heroes, affectionately known as Blue and Gold, tend to skew toward more comedic adventures, with their fun friendship and bromance the driving force behind their chemistry and appeal. Despite earlier rumors of the cinematic DC Universe’s “no-humor” policy, the report claims the upcoming film will, in fact, retain this comedic take, calling the pitch “a superhero buddy cop movie.”

Booster Gold, created by Dan Jurgens, is a time-traveler from the future who journeyed to our present to gain fame and fortune as a superhero. He first appeared in 1986 and saw increased prominence in the DCU following the best-selling “Death of Superman” storyline in the ’90s, gaining even more popularity through his appearances in “Justice League” (where his friendship with Blue Beetle Ted Kord began) and the “Booster Gold” series that ran from 2007-2011.

Although the famous Blue and Gold team-up follows Booster and the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle, the reports indicates that the movie will feature Jaime Reyes version of the character. Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner, Reyes became the bearer of the Blue Beetle legacy during DC’s “Infinite Crisis” and later starred in his own series. Unlike Kord, who utilizes his intellect and technology to fight crime, Reyes actually possesses a suit of armor and extraordinary powers that both stem from an artifact known as The Scarab.

A writer, director and producer, Berlanti not only works on “Arrow,” “Flash” and the upcoming “Supergirl” on CBS, but previously produced a pilot script for a potential Booster Gold television series targeted for SyFy alongside fellow DC TV vet Andrew Kreisberg. Outside of his DC projects, he is producing Archie’s live-action “Riverdale” series for The CW, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The movie would mark Berlanti’s return to features following 2010’s “Life As We Know It.”

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