Or is it SuperMax? Or Prison Break: Season 3? Or Green Arrow in: Oops, I Dropped the Soap? Either way, it appears the "cool" thing these days is for filmmakers to show up on their MySpace pages to help give fans more info on their highly-anticipated upcoming projects. Rob Zombie has used MySpace to promote the hell out of his re-imagining of Halloween (due out this summer), and Jon Favreau has provided a few updates from the set of Iron Man over on his space. Now, writer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) is throwing his name into the mix. In case you missed it, Goyer has been hired to write a Green Arrow film (based on the popular character from DC Comics) ... with a pretty big twist.
Instead of it being a straight-up superhero flick, pic will follow Green Arrow after he's framed for a crime, stripped of his identity and thrown in a Super Max prison. Not just any prison -- this is a prison filled with DC supervillains. Now, in order to win back his freedom, the Green Arrow must team up with some of the same monsters he helped put away in order to plan an escape. It's an idea I personally love (because, for once, we're getting something different!), but apparently the majority of you aren't fans of Goyer's concept. Well, the man himself talked more about the film and its origins on his MySpace page; based on what he said, perhaps you'll change your mind. Or not.
According to Goyer, "The basic concept actually came about through Justin Marks, a terrific young writer my wife Jessika (a producer) had previously worked with. They thought the idea of a prison-break story set in a jail designed exclusively for super-villains was a cool one. And I heartily agreed. After some discussion, we decided it would be fun to frame a super-hero and toss him into the meta-human mix." Really, and here I thought it was because Super Max sounded better than Death Warrant 2. Goyer then goes on to talk about why they chose the Green Arrow, saying it was because of his "hard-hitting, moralistic tendencies." I guess I'll remain in the minority here thinking this is one of the finest superhero-themed ideas to emerge during a time when our movie theaters are being bombarded by masks, capes and super powers. And who's to say a film like this won't help launch a Green Arrow franchise, with a second film giving the fans what they really want -- to see Green Arrow as Green Arrow? And who's to say they won't get that in this film? If there's any advice I can give, it would be to trust David Goyer. The man is one helluva writer, and I'm sure he'll deliver a quality flick.