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Super Max – Green Arrow still heading for prison

Posted by LiveFor on August 24, 2009

green-arrowGreen Arrow, or rather Ollie Queen, is a great character in the DC Universe and he does deserve a shot at the big screen.

It has been a long time since there has been any mention of his movie debut in David Goyer’s (The Dark Knight) prison film, Super Max. This is the one where Green Arrow is wrongly imprisoned in a high tech prison alongside many of the super villains he put inside.

Past updates have included the juicy rumours that bad guys such as Lex Luthor, The Riddler and The Joker would cameo. Although the Joker would be seen in name only – “His name is a throwaway. He’s on a cell,” Goyer said. “You don’t actually see him, just his name on a cell. It’s a real Easter Egg. That’s one cross-pollination we would stay away from [doing more with].”

Recently MTV spoke to Goyer about many things and the topic of Super Max was raised.

“We’re working on that. We’re about to bring on another writer,” Goyer told MTV News. “Obviously, Warner Bros. is now heavily into mining all of the various DC properties.”

Justin Marks was last mentioned with regards having a crack at the script. Plus Goyer is busy at work on his TV show Fast Forward so it is not clear how much time he will be able to spend on Super Max, but he did have some interesting words to say about how the story developed. Looks as if the prison came first.

“We came up with the idea and thought it could work in either the Marvel or the DC universe,” he explained. “It needed that type of character and there are analogues in both universes. Green Arrow seemed to make the most amount of sense.” As for whether “Super Max” is making any forward progress these days, Goyer simply said, “It’s definitely something we’re developing.”

Previously Goyer had said that the prison itself was a major character, “It’s a very, very awesome prison. I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For ‘Super Max,’ designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself,” Marks said. “We’re in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who’s really big, you’re trying to contain a guy who can — in the case of Icicle — who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Supermax they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we’ve ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!”

Which side character is Goyer’s favourite? “The Tattoo Man is in there which seemed like a no brainer if you’re doing a movie about a super prison — having a character with super tattoos,” Goyer said. “Amanda Waller’s in there as well from the Suicide Squad. Those are probably the two I like the most, after Green Arrow.”

I really hope that this does eventually see the light of day as I think it would be a great film. Who doesn’t love an escape movie.

Okay, now what super villains would you like to see held in the Super Max and, more importantly, who could play Green Arrow?

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