Legendary director Steven Spielberg has finally found his comic book movie project.
In an announcement from Warner Bros. Pictures and Spielberg, the filmmaker announced he will produce a film based on DC Comics’ Blackhawk. Created by Chuck Cuidera with assistance from Bob Powell and Will Eisner, the singular Blackhawk debuted in Military Comics #1 in 1941. The mysterious character led a group of aviators known as the Blackhawk Squadron. Originally published by Quality Comics, the eventual Blackhawk title continued on when DC comics licensed the characters and, eventually, bought the concept outright.
The characters have featured in a number of revamps over the years — including one in the early ’80s precipitated by rumors that Spielberg was interested in making the film even then — but they are still best known for their 1940s war stories and weird adventures in the 1950s.
“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”
Provided that the film will take place in the 40s or 50s, Blackhawk is prime Spielberg material. It can be an exciting action-adventure picture in the tone of Indiana Jones with the added touchstones of aviation Spielberg employed in films like Always and Empire of the Sun. In fact, it may even be the best fit in DC’s roster for the E.T. director.
It is unclear when the film might start production as Spielberg is committed to a number of projects, like the fifth Indiana Jones film. Because of this, Spielberg’s involvement with Blackhawk is currently as a producer with the possibility that he will come on to direct it himself.
Between this and today’s earlier news about Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey film, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment finally seem to be making smart moves with their properties. Whether or not they all reside in the same universe, both projects have the potential to be very interesting films.