Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Impending BOOSTER GOLD Rush

Get ready to hear more about The Greatest Hero You've Never Heard Of.

While perusing various comics news sites, I've noticed a certain time-traveling superhero's name popping up more and more in recent weeks.  Nothing big, nothing flashy mind you, but just a few items about one Michael Jon Carter -- a.k.a. Booster Gold -- to make me wonder if it's time to connect a few dots.

Just today, there was a piece on SuperheroHype that provided a brief update on the Booster Gold television series pilot project for Syfy that was first announced way back in November of 2011.  It seems the project still lives and Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is currently working on the script.  The article features a quote from an interview taken from KSiteTV, in which Kreisberg is asked if the Arrow and Booster Gold characters could potentially meet:

"DC has been really good about letting us play with their roster," said Kreisberg.  "We’d never say never to anybody.  Kord Industries actually plays a part in my Booster Gold pilot, so, who knows.  He might be on two different shows, played by two different actors...There’s a line in the Booster Gold pilot where somebody says 'we finally have our own hero. Not like that nut in Starling City with the hood.'  I don’t know if they’re going to let me keep that line over there, if they [Syfy] actually make the pilot, but it sort of makes me smile to think that it’s the same universe."

Now, in a recent interview with Collider, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer (and former Booster Gold writer) Geoff Johns confirmed that Booster Gold is still in development and teased that there may be some DC TV show announcements at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

Of course, the big DC Comics media adaptation this year is Man of Steel, but there's a possible Booster Gold connection here as well.  An article on ScreenRant posted four days ago mentions an Easter Egg hidden in the third Man of Steel trailer that features a billboard for Blaze Comics in the background of downtown Metropolis.  Blaze Comics, as Booster Gold readers know, is the fictional comics company that published Booster Gold comics in the DC Universe, hinting at a possible shared movie/TV universe.

And then there's Booster's recent comics' appearance in All-Star Western to consider.  After disappearing for months following the cancellation of Justice League International, Booster turned up in the 19th Century and crossed paths with Jonah Hex.  It's been hinted that there are significant plans for the character, and with four titles ending in August, it seems highly possible that a new Booster Gold series could replace one of them.  On May 3rd, artist Kevin Maguire posted the following on Twitter, along with a picture of one of his Booster Gold depictions as his profile icon:
So is Maguire working on a new Booster Gold project?  Even if he's not the artist, it seems more than likely there's a new monthly series in the works when you think about all the Booster Gold media currently in play.

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