See update at the end of this post.
That’s right comic fans, right on the heels of the news about The Flash and Green Lantern 2 movie news [read Warner Brothers Signs Writers for “˜Green Lantern 2′ and “˜The Flash’] we get three Twitter updates from Geoff Johns announcing another project in development.
In contrast to the previous news this isn’t a top tier character and this is also not going on the big screen but instead on the small screen. Let’s get to the point, Johns said that DC Entertainment has plans for a Blue Beetle live-action television show.
Below are his three tweets in order that were posted at around noon on Sunday June 13th:
-BLUE BEETLE NEWS from DCE!! We have a live-action test of Jaime Reyes’ scarab activating his suit. It. Is. Awesome.
-Blue Beetle’s going to appear in most of the Brave and the Bold’s this year and we’re hoping to develop a live-action show. Fingers crossed!
-If I can break it out of the vault, I’ll bring it to SDCC. LIVE ACTION BLUE BEETLE!!
That’s right, not only do we have a possible live-action Blue Beetle show in the works, but we might actually see something at San Diego Comic Con this year! This is very exciting news especially since it has been so long since we have seen a new attempt at live-action super hero since the failed attempts at an Aquaman show and the Birds of Prey show. Is this possibly in reaction to the final season of Smallville quickly approaching? This definitely seems to be the case, especially considering Johns’ involvement in two episodes of the show. Well I definitely will not complain either way considering I will soon need a show to fill my Smallville gap once the 10th and final season is over.
There are quite a few questions brought up by this. The first and most basic question being, which Blue Beetle will be the focus of the story? It is very doubtful that the show would follow Dan Garret, the first Blue Beetle, considering how long it has been since the world has been in the spotlight. The most likely choices would be Ted Kord, which would be exciting especially if they could find a way to tie in Booster Gold, or Jaime Reyes the current Beetle. I really believe that the strongest choice would be Reyes because of his age and the fact that everyone loves a coming of age story; plus, Johns mentioned that they did a live-action test of Reyes’ scarab activating his suit. Saying that though, I would prefer a Kord show.
Another interesting query is where would DC try to sell the show? The first answer that jumps to mind is Smallville‘s home network The CW, but it would be very interesting to see if this could possibly be on a larger network like ABC, NBC, CBS, or even Fox. The final thing to think about is how would they pull of the special effects for a show like this? I mean how big of a budget the show will have will probably greatly effect the answer to that question, but I would be curious how much CGI would be involved in the process.
Overall I think this is great news and shows that DC is serious about putting out a lot more content and it is not limited only to the big screen. I definitely hope that we get to see some footage at Comic Con.
UPDATE: Johns sent another Twitter update on June 14 to say that the test footage will be shown at SDCC!
FYI to Jaime Reyes fans: Got the okay to show the Blue Beetle test in San Diego!! :) Again, not a sure thing but a work in progress.