Continuing the quest for a follow-up to Smallville, Booster Gold is the latest DC superhero to get a TV development deal, this time at the SyFy channel, under Greg Berlanti’s production banner. The script is being written by Andrew Kreisberg, formerly of Fringe.
Booster Gold appeared on the final season of Smallville, so he isn’t a complete TV virgin.
The story will center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time. Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money. But Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile, and that the future doesn’t happen without first protecting the present.
Booster Gold’s co-creator Dan Jurgens was reached by ComicBook.com and had some thoughts on the move, although he isn’t involved:
DJ: Yeah, though at least Booster on Smallville was a definite thing. This is still in the development stage and may, or may not, happen. At the same time, it’s cool because Booster is standing on his own. Frankly, I think the concept can support it.
There have been many recent (post-Heroes) live-action attempts at getting superheroes on the small screen, but none of them have really stuck — The Cape, No Ordinary Family, the failed Wonder Woman pilot, and so on. But there is a ton of raw material and producers are going to keep trying hurling both Marvel and DC characters into the fray.
Other DC characters currently under TV development include Deadman and The Spectre. Of course, the best DC TV pilot was Fables, which never actually made it but instead got ripped off for two successful shows now airing as part of the current “fairy tale” boom.
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