Rumor has it that Warner Bros. is considering a Blue Beetle/Booster Gold buddy comedy. Does a superhero buddy comedy sound ridiculous? Oh, it gets better.
Meet the Duo
Booster Gold first appeared in a February 1986 comic book. Once a member of the Justice League, the character was initially depicted as “a glory-seeking showboat from the future, using knowledge of historical events and futuristic technology to stage high-publicity heroics.” Booster also had a robot sidekick, Skeets, a former security robot, who helped hims steal from museum displays.
Over the course of publication history and through personal tragedy (it gets pretty grim), Booster became a true hero, weighed down by the reputation he created for himself.
Blue Beetle is actually a name that many different comic book characters have taken on. The first, Dan Garrett, appeared in 1939. Perhaps the most famous is Ted Kord, “a genius inventor” who takes on the role after the death of Dan. Neither Dan or Ted had any special abilities. Instead, they relied on the bulletproof blue suit. In addition, he would sometimes drink weird concoctions to get superhuman strength or other powers.
Both men end up in the Justice League, where they became “Super Buddies.” This is their real title. This is not a joke. While they might sound like supporting characters who would provide comic relief, they’re here to save the world.
Embracing the Ridiculous
Though the characters may sound silly, audiences seem okay with that. Superhero flicks that poke fun at themselves like Ant-Man, which offered a contrast between dramatic scenes at a macro level and their scaled back counterparts, are succeeding at the box office. The same can be said for the absurdity of the upcoming Deadpool film.
This sounds like a huge difference from the dismal look of the 2015 Fantastic 4 film. It’s a welcome one, really.
This new film promises to be obscure in other ways too, compared to the hero films we’ve been seeing at the theater. This is one of the first times in a while that writers aren’t focusing on the hero that every kid had an action figure of growing up. This isn’t the hero, this is one of his teammates.
But, according to this article, the same could have been said of any of the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy prior to the film’s release. Even Thor was less widely known once. Soon, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold will be coveted action figures (barring the film tanking). Batman is great, so are the Avengers, but some new blood will be a nice reprieve from the theme of multiple sequels with the same star.
We won’t know details for a while, though. No release date has been set. However, we do know that Greg Berlanti, the man behind the successful DC comics TV series Arrow and The Flash, is set to direct the film.