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FEB2ARY: Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in DC’s Extended Universe

Written by Robert Porter

By now everyone may be somewhat familiar with DC’s plans for their cinematic universe, or “Extended Universe,” as they seem to be calling it. In fact, it might be safe to say that if you aren’t familiar or “hip” to said plans, then it is quite possible that you have been living under a rock. If you are, that’s totally okay, and I am fully aware that some types of rocks can actually be very cozy. Anyhoo, today we will be taking a look at one of the projects that is rumored to be in the works for DC’s Extended Universe, and it’s a little left of that serious and dark center that DC has been going for with their recent and upcoming films. Let’s begin.

Our heroes.

Our heroes.

That’s right kids, it’s Booster Gold and Blue Beetle! Whispers from the rumor mill (actual location) state that DC is hoping to go the whole “buddy cop” route with our two favorite misfits from the Justice League International! Personally, I really like the sound of that since I am a fan of Booster Gold (and to a slightly lesser extent Ted Kord), specifically from the pre-New 52 Geoff Johns run. During that run, Booster Gold and his trusty sidekick Skeets travel through time with Rip Hunter in order to try and reverse the series of events that led to Ted Kord’s death. What makes this run so great is that each issue features a little moment from DC Comics’ history. For example, in one issue Booster Gold attempts to prevent the Joker from paralyzing Barbara Gordon, which was an event that took place during The Killing Joke. Pretty neat stuff, and if you haven’t read this particular run I advise you to do so.

But enough about the comics! It was somewhat odd to me that when DC announced Legends of Tomorrow and that it would feature the character of Rip Hunter, but Booster Gold was missing from the cast. Perhaps this lends further credence to the rumor of a live-action film in the works? As you may know, DC has decided to keep their television and cinematic universes separate, in contrast to what Marvel has done with shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This isn’t necessarily a bad move by DC, but only time will tell if the two separate live action universes will lead to confused viewership over time. When you’ve got one Flash on the small screen and another Flash on the big screen that are being played by different actors and under different directors, things might start to get a little screwy; separate toy lines and other merchandising might only serve to further complicate matters (or increase profits). Ah yes, but that is a story for another day. Back to Booster Gold and Blue Beetle!

What could we expect from a live-action version of these two buffoons? For starters, DC could decide to go the whole “time travel” route, which of course might also mean yet another version of Rip Hunter (see above rant). By the time this film is released (if it is made), DC will have already established a fairly solid cinematic universe. The time-travel aspect could potentially work if Booster Gold were to travel to different events and interact with other characters from the DC Extended (cinematic) Universe, and it could also be an opportunity for DC to flesh out characters that may not have had a lot of screen time up until that point. Of course, there would need to be some motive for all this time travel, and Ted Kord’s death might not work unless he is first introduced in an earlier film.

While we’re talking about Ted Kord, I would like to add that in order for the “buddy cop” thing to work, DC must, must be using the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle. I mean no disrespect to Jaime Reyes, but it seems to me that DC has this little habit of ignoring Ted Kord’s existence. It would be a mistake for DC to swap Kord for Reyes in a live-action “buddy cop” style movie with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle; what makes that pair work so well are their interactions with one another. Do you hear me DC?!

Now this is all very speculative, but there is something that has been bugging me about this little rumor. Will DC decide to introduce the Justice League International, or will Booster Gold and Ted Kord simply be members of the Extended (cinematic) Universe’ Justice League? Let’s face it, none of the actors that are portraying Batman, Superman, and so on and so forth are getting any younger, and in order for DC to bring about an entirely new Justice League team, it could take many years worth of films. I think it would be fun to see comedic characters like Booster Gold and Kord bouncing off of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman on the big screen, but at the same time I think DC should avoid all the “in-jokes” that Marvel tries to pack into their Avengers films (I’m looking at you, Age of Ultron); it’s only funny until it’s no longer funny, if you catch my drift.

With that, let the speculation begin. Who will play Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)? Will DC follow a tried and true storyline; and if so, who will be the villain? How will these characters tie into the newly created Extended Universe? How many more questions will there be in this paragraph? All in due time, my friends.

What do you think about a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle film? Will a shift in tone work for DC’s Extended Universe, or will it be a colossal mistake? Let us know in the comments section and on our Twitter page!

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Robert Porter