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Warner Bros has put the future of their DC franchise in the hands of screenwriter David Goyer, who not only penned Man of Steel but also is writing its sequel Batman vs. Superman and supposedly the eventual Justice League movie. But that's not all! Bleeding Cool reports Goyer is being given producing power at Warner Bros, which will bring forth a string of lower budget DC-inspired movies like an adaptation of the Suicide Squad books.
While Suicide Squad has taken a couple of forms, it's expected the version getting the movie treatment will be the antihero one crewed by collared super villains like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and King Shark. This seems a smart pick for a lower stakes $20-40 million superhero adventure as Harley alone has been a major fan favorite since her debut on Batman: The Animated Series back in the 1990s. For a rundown on how this kooky villainess has developed, check out this short and informative rundown:
News of Goyer's expanded role at Warner Bros dovetails with a couple of recently reported developments over at Warner Bros. Late last month, Goyer was said to be teaming up with lauded comic crafter Geoff Johns to resurrect a long-dead adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic. Bleeding Cool linked this proposition to a string of others for adaptations of Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7, noting that all those producers who hoped to get these going were effectively being told to talk to Goyer. It seems that where Fox has Mark Millar as their consultant for all things comic book related, Warner Bros has Goyer.
Notably, Goyer has contributed to the screenplays for such comic-inspired movies as The Crow: City of Angels, the Blade and Dark Knight trilogies, and Man of Steel. Plus, he's executive produced Blade II, Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. So on paper he's a perfect pick to head up a slate of smaller budget superhero actioners. Of course, not all of his creative calls are popular, but it seems DC fans have reason to celebrate as the future of the DC movie brand has been given its leader. But is Goyer the hero DC fans deserve or just the one they need right now?
Is Goyer the guy you want running DC's movie playbook?