WWII Adventure Comic, BLACKHAWK, Opens The Door For Spielberg’s Premiere DC Adaptation At Warner Bros.

Ready Player One helmer Steven Spielberg is preparing to full-on enter comic book movie territory as of Tuesday. DC is announcing Blackhawk, partnering Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment for a live-action adaptation of the 1941 Quality Comics publication from creators Will Eisner, along with Bob Powell and Chuck Cuidera.

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.

DC eventually acquired the comic series in 1956.

In announcing the film, Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich said, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure.  We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”

Spielberg, who is still poised to film a fifth Indiana Jones installment next Spring ahead of a 2020 release, is partnering once more with screenwriter David Koepp for Blackhawk. Koepp is best known as a frequent Spielberg collaborator having penned Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Spielberg is producing with Kristie Macosko Krieger at Amblin with Sue Kroll serving as executive producer under the newly-established Kroll & Co. Entertainment.

Spielberg noted, “It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen.  They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre.  I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”