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If you're a movie fan in any form or fashion, then not only are you familiar with Steven Spielberg, you probably enjoy at least a few of his cinematic contributions. In fact, if it wasn't for Jaws, then we wouldn't have the modern blockbuster. But in recent years, as the superhero movie genre has soared in popularity, occasionally the question has risen if Spielberg would direct such a movie, and now it looks like the answer is a resounding yes. This is not a joke: Spielberg has been tapped to make a Blackhawk movie for DC.
Through his production company Amblin Entertainment, Steven Spielberg is already confirmed to produce Blackhawk, but as THR reports, the movie is being developed as a "directing vehicle" for him. David Koepp, who previously worked with Spielberg on the first two Jurassic Park movies, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is writing the script. However, before you get too excited, don't expect Blackhawk to be Spielberg's next movie. The director already has Indiana Jones 5 lined up, and after that, he's planning on tackling the West Side Story remake, so it'll be a while before Blackhawk gets off the ground.
In case you're not familiar with Blackhawk, it was one of the earliest properties that would make up what would eventually comprise the DC Comics universe. Introduced in 1941's Military Comics #1, Blackhawk was a mysterious pilot known only by that moniker, and leading a squadron of pilots known collectively as the Blackhawks, they battled Nazi forces in the skies during World War II. The Blackhawk characters are primarily associated with this time period, although during the New 52 reboot, the team was operating in the modern day as an elite covert military unit tasked with battling a terrorist group called Mother Machine. Outside of the comics, Blackhawk was a 15-part film serial in the early 1950s, and the characters also popped up in the animated Justice League series. Both Arrow and The Flash have also featured a company called Blackhawk Security.
Steven Spielberg has directed a variety of blockbusters over the decades, but this marks his first venture into comic book-related cinematic territory. However, rather than go the traditional superhero movie route, Blackhawk feels more in line with Spielberg's body of work, as he's previously directed World War II-set movies 1941, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, not to mention similarly adventurous fare like the Indiana Jones movies. It's unclear if the Blackhawk movie will be set in the DC Extended Universe or if it will be self-contained, like Todd Phillips' Joker movie. If it does take place in the DCEU, like last year's Wonder Woman, it would provide an interesting peek into what this version of Earth was like long before superheroes stepped into the spotlight.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news on how Blackhawk is progressing, but in the meantime, you can learn what other DC Comics movie are in the works with our handy guide.