David Goyer is a name that has become synonymous with the superhero genre. Through his work on the Blade trilogy, through to Man of Steel, he has been a figure that has shaped the genre for many years.
However, there is one script that he had written that was lost in development hell for years, that there has been quite a bit of fan interest around. This script was Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max.
The general outline of the film saw Green Arrow framed for a crime he did not commit and thrown into the prison for super-humans, Super Max. The film would have focused on his escape, while fighting a variety of super-villains from the DC Universe.
With Suicide Squad beginning to get a lot of attention, many have begun to ask Goyer about Super Max again, as both projects focused around villains. Specifically, people want to know why it was cancelled.
In a recent interview, Goyer stated that: “The executive on it was really visionary, but the higher-ups, none of whom are at Warner Bros any more, just thought at the time, you know, we just want to make Batman and Superman movies. We don’t want to make any other characters. But this is before Marvel had really taken off, before more obscure projects like Guardians Of The Galaxy or Ant-Man or things like that had huge success, before the current gold rush I guess, if you will. It’s natural that eventually someone was going to make a villain movie, so that’s just what happened!”
I have to admit; it is disappointing to think of what might have been. I have followed this script for a number of years, and the premise always fascinated me. Hopefully Suicide Squad will live up to the hype, and gives us a movie going experience, as good as Super Max sounds.