Syfy Orders Pilot For DC Comics' Superhero Booster Gold
Author: Jesse Carp
published: 2011-11-22 19:58:15
This summer saw more than its fair share of superheroes hit the cinemas and next year won't be any different with three of the biggest franchises set to return or debut - DC's Batman and Superman as well as Marvel's The Avengers. However, superheroes don't always fly with the fans or critics and there have certainly been as many failures as successes with one of the former being this summer's Green Lantern, a DC property co-written by Greg Berlanti. But, like any decent superhero, these two aren't going to let one super failure stop them as they now look to adapt Booster Gold for television.
According to THR, Syfy has ordered a pilot script for Booster Gold, who is probably one of the lesser known DC properties even though his character has been around for 25 years, is a member of the Justice League (sometimes) and appeared in the final season of CW's Smallville. Originally created by Dan Jurgens, Booster Gold - or Michael Jon Carter - is a gifted but washed up athlete from the future who travels back in time to use their advanced technology and his knowledge of the past to become a rich and famous superhero. Yes, he begins his journey as kind of, well, a glory seeking asshole but after acting like a hero so many times he ends up becoming one.
To be fair, superheroes haven't fared well on TV since the departure of the The Man of Steel from CW. Actually, Berlanti's last stab at the medium was with No Ordinary Family, a show that revolved around a family who developed superpowers and only lasted 20 episodes. However, the fact that Fringe regular Andrew Kreisberg will write the one-hour pilot script gives me some confidence because I think it's one of the best genre shows currently on the small screen (and in some time). Kreisberg also worked with Berlanti on the quickly cancelled, yet really enjoyable, Eli Stone. So, I guess I'd say I'm cautiously optimistic about this Syfy, an NBCUniversal cable network, pickup of a Greg Berlanti Productions', in association with Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, series. Okay, maybe not so much.
However, and finally, this news is somewhat interesting because his character is often paired with the Blue Beetle, another superhero that DC's creative head Geoff Johns has been trying to develop for television. Perhaps we might see the Beetle on Booster? We'll have to wait and see if the show is picked up first.
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