Steven Spielberg to helm 'Blackhawk' film adaptation

Director and producer Steven Spielberg attends the European Premiere of "Ready Player One" in London March 19, 2018.

"It was wonderful working with the team at Warner bring Ready Player One to the screen", Spielberg said.

In a bit of a shocker, it looks as though Steven Spielberg is the next director to be attached to the DC Extended Universe. That role goes to Crystal Skull and Jurassic Park screenwriter and frequent Spielberg collaborator David Koepp. The story is drawn from a comic first published by Quality Comics in 1941, and later published by DC Comics. For those unfamiliar with Blackhawk, or the Blackhawk Squadron, they were initially created as a group of pilots from all over the world who fought against the Nazis during World War II, using their own planes. Which in turn sparked DC to revive and modernize the Blackhawk squadron. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. Well, more specifically Marvel films because Wonder Woman and Nolan's Batman trilogy aside, the DC films tend to land up quite underwhelming.

WB, Spielberg and Amblin recently teamed on the feature adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One which has amassed $476M at the worldwide box office. The wartime aspect has been periodically embraced and discarded through several remakes of the comics property over the ensuing decades at DC Comics, but it has always been known that Spielberg was interested in the air aces. Though a bit jarring at first the film opens up with one of, if not the most, insane drag races in cinematic history. In case you didn't remember, between Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg knows a thing or two about period films set in World War II. Spielberg will be bankrolling the film through his production house Amblin Entertainment, along with Warner Bros, and he is also expected to direct it.

Spielberg, whose estimated net worth sits at $3.6 billion, according to Forbes, is also working on high-profile projects such as another installment in the Indiana Jones series, and a remake of West Side Story.

  • Kyle Peterson