We live in a golden age of super-hero media, where it seems that literally anything is possible. Had you told the average comic book reader a decade ago that their weekly television viewing schedule would include Gotham, Supergirl, Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, you would have been laughed out of the comic shop. The roster expands even further when you factor in independent and out-of-the-mainstream properties such as The Walking Dead, iZombie, Lucifer, or the upcoming Outcast. Comic book-based television shows occupy key time-slots for five different networks with more on the way every season.
With that understood, is it any surprise that the undisputed kings of super-hero TV may soon get their fondest wish granted?
When Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) spoke with Kevin Smith on the Fatman on Batman podcast, he explained how the project which is nearest and dearest to his heart is one which has been trapped in various stages of development hell for nearly a decade: Booster Gold.
The character created by Dan Jurgens as a part of the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths relaunch has long been one which Kreisberg has wanted to bring to screen. There have been attempts at a movie and a failed attempt to launch a pilot for a series at SyFy. Now it appears that Booster features heavily in DC Entertainment’s designs moving forward.
At a red carpet event for the premiere of Batman v Superman, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told ComicBook.com that they have plans for Booster.
“You’ll see [Booster Gold] very soon, and there’s talks about…there’s actually a lot of plans for Booster Gold, one of my favorite characters. But yeah, Booster Gold fans, you will definitely be happy with what we’ve got coming up in the years ahead.”
The most likely avenue for a live-action take on Booster is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series. The CW, which airs the show, has discussed the possibility of the show taking on an anthology format, with a shifting roster from season to season. That leaves the door open for a new team to include Booster Gold. Furthermore, the show’s primary protagonist, Rip Hunter, has strong ties to Booster. Without spoiling what could become a plot point in future episodes, suffice to say that Rip is deeply invested in ensuring that Booster’s place in history (or lack thereof) is well-protected.
While there has been no official announcement of anything regarding Booster in the immediate future, the presence of Hunter as the lead in Legends certainly raises the chances of Booster making his way to TV sooner rather than later.
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