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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Booster Gold & Blue Beetle Coming to the Big Screen


For those out there in this great big wide world that are getting tired of superhero movies, too bad! If I were truly speaking this instead of writing, there would be an F-bomb in between "too" and "bad"!

As Henry Cavill recently implied in a recent interview that superhero movies aren't going away anytime soon, it seems that his statement is quite true, and it seems that Warner Bros. is set to play another card in their cinematic universe.

Fans have been speculating that Blue Beetle or Booster Gold would be leaping off the comic pages onto either the big or small screen for quite a while now, and it looks like they finally get to crack open a few beers and a bottle of vino to celebrate.

That's right, folks, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are set to star in a team up flick. Right now reports are saying that the film is going to be like a buddy-cop movie but with super heroes.

Furthermore, this new addition to Warner's super-hero movie line up will deviate from the darker tones of their upcoming blockbusters like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or the Suicide Squad. The plan for these odd-ball comic characters will see a lighter and more comedic tone to kick them off in Hollyweird's starlight. 

The mastermind behind the Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow known as Greg Berlanti is set to direct the feature. Nothing's officially confirmed just yet, but  Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Phil Klemmer did say that Booster Gold wasn't going to be on the show because there were bigger things in store for the character.


Created by Dan Jurgens, Booster Gold is Michael Jon Carter, a narcissistic and disgraced former sports star from the future who traveled back in time to become a superhero. He was born poor and from the famous city of Gotham.

With the help of a robot named Skeets, Michael was able to steal a Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring and Brainiac 5's force field belt and then use Rip Hunter's time machine to travel from the 25th century to the 20th century. The character of Booster Gold and Skeets both debuted in the Copper Age of comics in Booster Gold #1 back in February of 1986 shortly after the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series.


Blue Beetle was actually a character that first appeared in the Golden Age in Mystery Men Comics #1. This version of the Blue Beetle was Dan Garret, son of a slain police officer.

Garret had no superpowers and the character was very much in the vein of Green Hornet. After the Golden Age and during the Silver Age, the original Blue Beetle was revamped by Charlton Comics and given superpowers.


Before Blue Beetle was obtained by DC Comics, the character of Blue Beetle became Ted Kord and was created by Steve Ditko for Charlton Comics. The Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle made his first ever comic appearance in Captain Atom #83 in 1966 before DC Comics got a hold of both Captain Atom and Blue Beetle in later years.

A genius inventor and like Batman, Blue Beetle uses quite a bit of gadgetry to fight crime. Much like the original Blue Beetle during the Golden Age, Ted Kord has no super powers except for his insanely high intellect if that even counts. 


Ted Kord as Blue Beetle made his first appearance in DC Comics continuity in Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which I've mentioned a lot of times on this site. It's usually just noted as 1st appearance of Blue Beetle in DC Comics to keep it short.

There should be no question as to whether Kord's version of the Blue Beetle is in mind for the movie since both characters are best friends in the DC Comics Universe and often is led into "get rich quick" schemes with his buddy Booster Gold, but they could go with the Jamie Reyes version also. 

So a Booster Gold & Blue Beetle team-up movie is in development, and since Blue Beetle is a member of the Justice League, speculation is already in gear that Blue Beetle will drop in on a future Justice League movie.


One more win for comic fans, and another loss for those already complaining about too many comic book movies out there. Well, at least, for now.

20 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thanks for the quick information! I immediately found myself a nice copy of Booster Gold 1 for 30 bucks. Not cheap of course, but with these news out, I bet this comic can soon rise up to 100 $ in decent grades. Definitely look forward to the movie. We need more fun on the silver screen, if we want to gain more fans for our hobby!

    Ace

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  2. Excuse me Mr. Sir Ace,
    have to correct that. Booster Gold 1 has allready an average value of 211 $ in 9,8 on go collect. This has definitely been a good investment in the past because of the popularity of the character. Rumors of a tv series didn' t hurt either. So, 30 $ is definitely a good snag, even if your copy turns out a 9,2 or below.

    Max Rebo

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  3. sweet. i knew that 1st Ted Kord beetle would be worth something one day

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  4. nice job Mayhem!!!, was wondering if you could do a," Rogue" key list. I know its kinda complicated, but a lota goodness tied with that character! Thanx

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    1. Heya Wayne, how goes it? Been a while and hope all is well with you an your fam. Sure, I can do a Rogue's key issue list, but it might be a while. I've actually had one started, but I'm waiting on a email from Chris Claremont about Rogue's 2nd appearance.

      I hope he answers and can clear up this question.

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  5. Continuing on with requests, it would be great to see a "Dr. Fate" key list. Thanks for all your hard work and info!

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  6. I love booster and I am glad that it looks like we get the ted kord version of the beetle.

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  7. I just got a cgc 9.8 of Infinite crisis #1 Good investment? I intend on hanging on to this for 5 plus years minimum.

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    1. Could be. It depends on which version they use for the movie. Jamie Reyes or Ted Kord. I'm hoping they use Kord as this is the version fans have been making a fuss about seeing live action.

      Then again, just because they use Ted Kord or Jamie Reyes for the movie, does not mean they can't use the other for the Legends, Supergirl, Flash, or Arrow TV show since their universes are obviously not connected to each other.

      My real question is how they're going to work around the Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring. Will the Legion minus Superboy be lurking around in the future of DC's cinematic universe, or will they completely disregard the flight ring and have something else he stole from the future to give him the ability to fly.

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  8. Most of what I read indicates BB will be Jaime Reyes, which makes sense since he is Hispanic. Infinite Crisis 3 and 5 should be considered.

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  9. Blue Beetle Vol. 1 Nr. 1 from 1986 should also be considered. The series lasted only for 24 issues - but it could gain steam like for instance the Rocket Racoon mini series did.

    Speculation Jones

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    1. Blue Beetle Ted Kord also had a solo series in 1967 published by Charlton.

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  10. Anyone know where I can find the first team up of those two? Would be nice to have. Mister Miracle Vol. 2 Nr. 7 features both on the cover, but I bet it' s not their first cover appearance together.

    Ace

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    1. The Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold's first published team up was in the pages of Justice League International (then simply known as Justice League) #4, in which Booster Gold joins the team also. I think they first meet in the previous issue of JLI. In terms of a solo team up outside the JLI, I'd like to know that myself.

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    2. Adventures in the DC Universe 8 from 1997 has a solo Booster-Beetle team up outside of the JLI. That' s all I could dig up.

      Max Rebo

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  11. I picked up booster gold 1 10$ and infinite crisis 3 & 5 also the sketch variants at cover price few years ago. In would like to knew which blue beetle their using in the movies. I've seen captain atom 83 going for 200$. I wish I had bought a copy of captain atom 83 at LCS for 90$. DAMN!!! THANK YOU'OP.

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    1. LOL Oraldo, you and me both, but the Blue Beetle speculation has been going on for quite a while my friend. Most people were expecting him to appear in the Legends or Arrow/Flash TV show as well as Booster Gold.

      Let's be honest here, this movie announcement is quite a bit of a surprise. You should do well with the Booster Gold #1 and Infinite Crisis #3 and #5.

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  12. The postman just delivered my Booster Gold numero uno - I' m totally pumped! It' s a 9,4 at least! Had to dig up Booster Gold 2 immediately - after all it' s his 2nd appearance! I think this is still a great investment. Everyone is buying up number 1 and number 2 can still be found for 3 bucks.

    Ace

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  13. Just grabbed high grade Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 for $4.50 and JSI #4 for $5. Couple low risk investments... as well as VF/NM Blue Beetle (1986) #1. hoping to find a Booster Gold #1 before it gets too hot.

    Doug

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