If you’re expecting David Goyer’s Green Arrow behind bars movie “Super Max” to land in theaters by 2010, think again. The film doesn’t sound like it’s anywhere close to being put into production, and things doesn’t look like they’re about to change anytime soon. According to Goyer himself, the film is still in “development”, and what’s more, they’re bringing in a new writer to hack away at the script.
Previously, Hollywood wunderkind Justin Marks had been given the scripting assignments, but whatever he turned in apparently didn’t please a whole lot of people. Or maybe people just saw the work he did on “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li” and realized Marks can’t write to save his life.
Either way, here’s what Goyer told MTV:
“We’re working on [Super Max]. We’re about to bring on another writer. Obviously, Warner Bros. is now heavily into mining all of the various DC properties. We came up with the idea and thought it could work in either the Marvel or the DC universe. It needed that type of character and there are analogues in both universes. Green Arrow seemed to make the most amount of sense.”
That last two sentence is kind of odd. Is Goyer hinting that he’s ready to take his idea for “Super Max” over to Marvel Studios if Warner Bros. ends up dumping the movie? Could be, could be. Then again, I could be reading way too much into it.
To be honest with you, I’m not sure why Goyer thinks Green Arrow would make a great hero for the kind of prison story he’s trying to tell. Arrow was never really what you would call a “down and gritty superhero”. I mean, he wears a neon green costume, sports ridiculous facial hair (isn’t that, like, a dead giveaway ala his secret identity, or does he just paste that on when he fights crime?) and goes around shooting criminals with a bow and tricked out arrows, for God’s sake. That’s just plain silly.
Look at how they’ve had to change up the look of the Smallville version of Green Arrow (below). They gave him shades and a hoody, and made his bow into a high-tech crossbow, and he still looks like a dork.