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Steven Spielberg to make a DC movie! Blackhawk is coming

April 18th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Woah! Steven Spielberg is set to make his mark on the DC Cinematic landscape!

On the heels of last night’s announcement that the Birds of Prey movie has a director, it seems that DC/Warners are moving forward positively as Spielberg’s been announced (below) as producing a Blackhawk movie, based on the WWII comic character from the pages of DC’s Comics with the possibility being he may direct it too.

The movie will focus on the Blackhawk Squadron, headed by Blackhawk and who fought all sorts of Nazis, war machines and villains and, while we’ve no word so far on wether or not it’ll be connected to the DCCU with Man of Steel, BvS etc, we can see many opportunities here to Feature Wonder Woman, The Justice Society of America or Vandal Savage. In fact, given that it’s a period set adventure – hopefully in the spirit of Indiana Jones – we’d settle just for subtle name dropping.

Interestingly, Saïd Taghmaoui – who played Sameer in Wonder Woman last year – dropped this tweet last May:

So it seems the movie has been in the background for a while… could this be a nod to a connection to Wonder Woman or perhaps the total opposite? Time will tell.

Anyway, it’s exciting to have Spielberg on board… and we really hope it will be connected to the wider cinematic universe.

Fresh on the heels of Ready Player One (which features cameo appearances by Batman, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and more), Steven Spielberg is ready to dive into the DC Universe proper with Blackhawk, a just-announced feature film from Spielberg, Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures based on the classic DC series about a squadron of WWII-era pilots. Blackhawk, which Spielberg is hoping to direct, will be his first featured centered around characters from the DC Universe.

In announcing the film, Warner Bros. Pictures Group 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.”

The screenplay for Blackhawk is being written by frequent Spielberg collaborator David Koepp, who was the screenwriter on Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worldsand Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Spielberg will produce the film together with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

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.

Spielberg noted, “It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player Oneto 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.”

Source: DC Comics

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….