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Exclusive: Warner Brothers Developing Starman Film

By TK Burton | Industry | April 28, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | April 28, 2010 |

*Update*: A spokesperson from Warner Brothers has denied this story.

Starman is one of those DC properties that’s gone through several iterations in its 70-year history. He’s been a helmeted dude with a “gravity rod,” a blue-skinned alien with flying shoes (sort of), an alien mutant prince (also notable for being one of the few — possibly only — bisexual superheroes), a being of pure energy, and I believe a couple of others. The current incarnation of Starman is as a member of the Justice League from the future. Or something. DC Comics can be pretty goddamn confusing sometimes.

In any event, according to an inside source, Warner Brother, in partnership with Lin Productions and DC Comics, is bringing Starman to the big screen. Which version is sort of unknown — he’ll wield a gravity rod, have energy powers, and likely be able to fly. One of the more recent Starman characters could also manipulate mass, but not word on whether that power will be present. It’s being produced by Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes — yay!, Terminator Salvation — hmm…) and Gregory Noveck (Jonah Hex — jury’s still out). No writer or director is attached yet, as the film is in very early development.

Depending on which route they go, it could be a pretty interesting character — the idea of a true intergalactic superhero hasn’t been explored (although next year’s Green Lantern will likely be the first), and it will likely need to be a special effects-heavy production to make it viable. Whether or not this would pave the way to an eventual Justice League movie is unknown, but I’d guess unlikely, unless they scrapped the involvement of the Big Three — Superman (practically dead in the water), Batman (too grounded in Nolan’s gritty real-world universe), and Wonder Woman (trapped in development hell). That isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of other good characters to use, and given the current work on Green Lantern, who knows.

As long as there’s no Aquaman. That guy’s a douche.

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