With "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" arriving next year, the film version of the DC Comics universe is just now forming. Things would have been very different, however, if Warner Bros. had followed through on one film they set in motion back in 2008 -- "Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max," a film written by David S. Goyer and Justin Marks.
In an interview with Den of Geek, Goyer (whose DC writing credits include all three "Dark Knight" films and "Man of Steel") talked about the scrapped project, which saw the archer trying to escape from a super villain-stuffed prison after being framed for murder. Considering the villain-centric route DC's rapidly forming film universe is taking with next year's "Suicide Squad," Goyer was asked if he thought that the unproduced "Super Max" was ahead of its time.
"I think it absolutely was", he told us. "I think if that script had come over the transom a couple of years later... It was completely ahead of its time".
That's not to knock "Suicide Squad," though, as Goyer was quick to point out. "By the way, everything I see about 'Suicide Squad' looks fantastic and it's a different story," said Goyer. "But ['Super Max'] was absolutely ahead of its time. You know, Marvel was considering doing the Sinister Six and at the time, God, I think this was eight or nine years ago that we wrote a couple of drafts, but it certainly was like this oddball project at Warner Bros at the time, they were like -- even though the script was good -- 'Why would we make a movie about a bunch of villains? That makes no sense.'"
Goyer also took the opportunity to clarify that he will not be directing any of the films in Warner Bros.' slate of DC titles. His next DC work is "Batman v Superman," a film that he wrote the initial draft of. "Batman v Superman" opens on March 25, 2016.