Geoff Johns has obviously been doing his job. Along with last week's trailer for DC Nation, we have the news that a pilot for a live action TV drama starring everyone's favourite loser jock from the future, Booster Gold.
Booster Gold made his debut in the 1980s and has often been portrayed as a bit of a joke, but has been treated more seriously in the past 5 years or so. If you need some background reading, I recommend his 'redemption' story, DC Comics' 52.
That’s right, our favourite fallen footballer from the future Booster Gold could be the next comicbook creation heading to our TV screens.
SyFy has struck a deal with Andrew Kreisberg (FRINGE) to pen the teleplay, with Berlanti Productions overseeing alongside DC.
Before we get too excited, the commitment remains Pilot only for now, which means the finished product will have to be then given the greenlight based on their myriad of testing procedures, market research, that kind of stuff. Basically it's a long ways off yet.
The character, first introduced in 1986, has gained a huge fanbase over the years. He’s now, or at least was pre-New 52 (won't read it), a major player in the DCU. He’s an interesting hero in that he really kind of fell into the gig - his time-travelling antics were first and foremost a slick ploy to seek fame and fortune in the present after his career faltered in the 25th century. Even when he joined the JLI his primary concern was to use his status to make a quick buck (anybody remember Kooey Kooey Kooey?). That’s not to say he’s incapable of stepping up the plate in times of crisis. With his vast array of future tech (including his one-time robot sidekick Skeets) he can be a formidable hero. When it suits him.
We know this is a little obvious, but Gold's cock-sure character traits suit Nathan Fillion down to the ground, don't you agree? If not, who would you guys like to see in the role? Should SyFy commit to series that is... Hope hope.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.
Bleeding Cool was the first to tell you that Syfy were commissioning a number of TV mini-series based on comic book properties such as Ghost Projekt and The Sixth Gun.
But we didn’t expect one of their new projects to be DC Comics’ Booster Gold. A pilot script for a hour long series has been comissioned, with Greg Berlanti (No Ordinary Family, Green Lantern) as exec producer and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) writing, with an exec producer credit for DC.
The Hollywood Reporter.. reports
“The story will center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time. Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money. But Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile, and that the future doesn’t happen without first protecting the present.”
Booster Gold appeared in Smallville (above) and in a number of DC cartoons over the years, but ths would be quite a jump for a character the mainstream public really hasn’t heard of. But he does have one killer of a high concept…
Syfy has ordered a pilot based on the DC Comics character Booster Gold, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. "Fringe" writer Andrew Kreisberg has been tasked with writing a pilot.
Created by Dan Jurgens in 1986 and featured in his own eponymous series, Booster Gold is the superheroic identity of Michael Jon Carter, a resident of the 25th century who travels back in time to the present day DC Universe. There, he makes use of his futuristic technology to become a hero, at first eschewing traditional heroic notions of justice and nobility and instead signing endorsement deals and shamelessly self-promoting.
Booster Gold was featured in the final season of "Smallville," played by Eric Martsolf. There, he teamed with both Clark Kent and Blue Beetle (another incarnation of which was one of the character's best friends in the comics). There is not yet word on whether this new live-action Booster Gold will have any connection to the "Smallville" appearance.