Screenwriter David Koepp confirmed Blackhawks’ details to fans on Instagram.
While DC is back in the news thanks to Snyder’s cut, it’s no secret it hasn’t quite made the same waves as some Marvel films. However, one of DC’s movies has just resurfaced, and we now have a little more clarity on the status of Blackhawk.
Steven Spielberg’s comic book adaptation Blackhawks is confirmed to still be in production, despite very little information surfacing. The front line is currently swamped with Black Adam filming, The Batman spin-offs, and Dave Bautista’s relentless interest in playing Bane, accompanied by a raft of other in-the-works and rumored projects. It’s understandable that an adaptation about a little-known DC character would get buried under the weight of other projects, but according to a post by screenwriter David Koepp, the project is quietly progressing.
Koepp shared an image to Instagram of a rather picturesque working environment, showing a snow-covered landscape outside while Koepp worked next to a warmly lit laptop. The screen presented part of the Blackhawks script, featuring characters such as Sorcha, Smalls, and Johnny, whilst also confirming that the writer was on page 86 of the script. One follower asked how Koepp had accumulated so many pages, and he confirmed that this was down to “two or three years of rewriting”. Another user asked if Spielberg was still attached to the project, which the writer replied to with “Yep!”
Blackhawk is the leader of a team of World War 2-era pilots known as the Blackhawks or the Blackhawk Squadron. Created by Chuck Cuidera and later developed by Bob Powell and Will Eisner, Blackhawk outsold many popular series such as Superman during the brunt of the character’s popularity in the 1940s. The Blackhawks have faced many villains during the comic’s stretch, including King Condor and Killer Shark, performing their battle cry “Hawk-a-a-a!” when attacking in their Grumman XF5F Skyrocket planes. The titular character is known to sport a hawk emblem on his chest, and the only live-action appearance of the character was in the form of Ted Gaynor during the first season of Arrow.
The CW’s show centering around Oliver Queen’s Arrow not only provided our first look at a live-action Blackhawk, but the creator also wanted Queen’s legacy to inspire other, well-known vigilantes. Marc Guggenheim shared his fantasy of Arrow ending with Batman’s appearance, signifying that Queen had provoked Bruce Wayne to begin his life of crime-fighting, but this ending ultimately remained a theory.
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