Just yesterday news hit that David Goyer was trying to put together an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman for Warner Bros. Now, according to BleedingCool the studio wants Goyer help get more films into production. They say that David could get involved in other DC film productions such as Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7. BC doesn’t go into detail but gives the impression that Goyer would end up producing all those titles.
I’m not too familiar with the other film projects mentioned by BleedingCool. Yet, I do know a bit about the development history of the Suicide Squad movie. A team made of villains that were tasked to complete suicide missions. The lineups have changed over the years but included Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Count Vertigo, and Bronze Tiger. Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) wrote a script with producer Dan Lin (Watchmen, Gangster Squad, Sherlock Holmes, Lego Movie, Terminator Salvation) attached. Lin confirmed to Collider that the studio was putting the film on hold until Justice League was made. Which he was also producing at the time. We know that JL was later put on hold itself to make way for Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman. A Justice League script was written by Gangster Squad’s Will Becall but ultimately was rejected by Warner Bros. I could see Goyer given the task to overhaul the entire project.
[Suicide Squad] has a script from Justin Marks, but that is on a hold right now. I think Warner Brothers wants to finish their A-list stories first and then we’ll talk about stories like Suicide Squad.
Oddly enough, this report from BC fails to mention a couple of other DC films that have been in the works for years. Along with one that’s been in development for decades. Those titles are Lobo and Sgt. Rock. The latter had been in works, since the 80’s and once had Arnold Schwarzenegger attached for the role of Rock. More recently it was announced that Rock would see it’s WWII era switched for a futuristic setting instead. Online speculation that Men In Black franchise director Barry Sonnenfeld was talking about Sgt. Rock. When he mentioned talking to Warner Bros. about making a comic book film.
“You know, I’m talking to Warner Bros. about doing a franchise based on a comic that hasn’t been around since the 60s. But it’s too early to talk about it. But possibly, yes.”
LatinoReview a few years back released a script review for Lobo which featured the space bounty hunter headed to Earth. The script was written by Thor’s Don Payne (The Simpsons), who recently passed. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) even did a successful screen-test that impressed producers. More recently Brad Peyton (Journey 2) was hired to direct and write an updated script for Lobo. There was even some teases that Dwayne Johnson (Fast And Furious 7, Hercules) could take the role. I’m not sure if Goyer would be brought on to those projects. As mega-producer, Joel Silver was working on them at the time. They were like bunch of others, was eventually tossed in development limbo by DC Entertainment.
What could this mean if Goyer is indeed putting together a string of DC movies for Warner Bros.? If true, it sounds like David Goyer could be the studio’s next Joss Whedon or Kevin Feige. Depending on much creative control he’ll have. Goyer has an extensive background putting together comic book films. Being a key element to the success of both Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot with Man of Steel. He’s currently writing Batman Vs Superman and possibly Justice League in the future as well. David could be a great choice. To put together the DC film universe for Warner Bros. Since it sounds like Nolan is busy directing and producing original films. Like his next directorial effect Interstellar and producing Wally Pfister’s directing debut Transcendence. The studio will likely have to move forward without the help of Christopher and David seems like a decent successor. Going forward, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Goyer also being heavily involved in the new Batman franchise and other possible films leading up to the Justice League (Green Arrow/Supermax, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman).