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CBMB: Steven Spielberg to Lead ‘Blackhawk’ Picture for Warners and DC

By Muuka Muyumba

Legendary, Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg is moving from the virtual-reality world of Ready Player One to the gritty World War II action-adventure hero Blackhawk. In very surprising news, Spielberg will finally get to produce, and hopefully direct, a ‘superhero’ title in Blackhawk, a character from the Silver Age of comics.

Spielberg, along with his Amblin Entertainment, will produce with Kristie Macosko Krieger, along with former studio executive Sue Kroll will executive produce under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

Frequent Spielberg collaborator, David Koepp (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is writing the script that centers on an international squadron of heroic pilots led by a man named Blackhawk who fought the Nazis and the Axis in World War II.

The series debuted in 1941’s Military Comics No. 1,published originally by Quality Comics before DC acquired the property in 1956. Co-created by comic book legend Will Eisner, along with Bob Powell and Chuck Cuidera, the comic was one of the biggest sellers in the 1940s.

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“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

This would be the DC universe of films’ first foray into the World War II era. Some early rumors about Wonder Woman suggested that some of its characters could have a connection to the world of Blackhawk. Some going as far as suggesting that Said Taghmoaui’s Sameer was actually a version Andre Blanc-Dumont, but that was before we found out the movie was set in World War I.

Although this is extremely exciting news, movie news reporter Justin Kroll acknowledged that Spielberg isn’t likely to tackle Blackhawk until after a fifth Indiana Jones movie, and a West Side Story remake.

Source: DCComics.com