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Steven Spielberg to produce first DC Comics movie, hoping to direct

Focusing on the World War II-era pilot Blackhawk

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Steven Spielberg is jumping into the world of DC Comics, and hopefully directing a movie about a World War II fighter pilot squadron called the Blackhawks, Warner Bros. and DC announced today.

Blackhawk follows a group of pilots during the second World War who are tasked with hunting down Nazis and other Axis enemies. The group is led by a man named Blackhawk, whom the movie is based on, a relic of DC’s past in the classic era of World War II military hero comics. Traditionally, each member of Blackhawk Squadron was from a different Allied country, or a country occupied by Axis forces. As such, the Blackhawks are heavier on military action than traditional DC Comics superheroes.

A press release from Warner Bros. states:

In the world of comics, Blackhawk is a wartime adventure series focusing on the titular Blackhawk, who commanded a squadron of ace pilots also known as the Blackhawks or the Blackhawk Squadron. The squadron would battle the Axis powers, as well as more fantastic super-villains and war machines, such as the memorable shark planes, which could operate in water as well as in the air. While the team debuted in 1941 in the heart of comics’ Golden Age, they’ve also been adapted to the modern era as a part of The New 52 and have spawned a well-known DC heroine, Lady Blackhawk, who joined the series in the late 1950s.

Spielberg is just coming off his other Warner Bros. success, Ready Player One. Blackhawk continues his relationship with the studio.

“We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a press release.

There is no release window for Blackhawk, but longtime Spielberg collaborator David Koepp (Jurassic Park) will write the script. It is not clear if Blackhawk will exist as part of the greater DC Universe at Warner Bros.

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