Another oscar-award winning director has recently announced to step up and save the DC cinematic universe from its foreseeing doom.

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Fresh from the success of Ready Player One (which features cameos from DC characters Harley Quinn and The Joker), Steven Spielberg has been confirmed by Warner Brothers chairman, Toby Emmerich, to direct a new DC Comics film based off the classic World War II superheroBlackhawk’.

Steven Spielberg (pictured at the 2018 Oscars) will direct a film based on the Second World War comics
Steven Spielberg (pictured at the 2018 Oscars) will direct a film based on the Second World War comics

“We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide” Emmerich said on Spielberg’s Blackhawk’ according to Variety.

Though Spielberg has directed films based on comic book characters before, such as his 2011 film ‘The Adventures of Tintin’, this will be the first film that the director will make that will centre on characters from DC Comics.

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‘Blackhawk’ originally was introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics, before DC acquired the comic’s property in 1957. The comics surround a group of elite pilots fighting in the Second World War, with Blackhawk’ serving as the leader of the Blackhawk Squadron.

Though Spielberg is currently working on his fifth Indiana Jones film and following it’s production, plans to direct West Side Story, the Oscar-winning directer is greatly “excited to reunite with [Warner Bros] on ‘Blackhawk'” in the near future.

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Theatrical release poster for Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ (2018)

This film. which if Spielberg chooses to follow the narrative structure and general synopsis of the comics, will be set in World War II and most likely be an interesting and refreshing take on the superhero genre.

With the recent critical flops like Justice League’ from DC and Warner Bros’, the comic franchise are in dire need of directors and producers to create prestigious and well-renowned films if they are to ever catch up to their counterpart Marvel Studios.

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It’s far too early for the announcement of casting roles and release dates for this upcoming film. However, Spielberg’s frequent collaborator David Koepp, (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will write the screenplay along with the film being produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger.

 

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