David Goyer Talks Green Arrow, Won't Direct DC Movie

News Louisa Mellor
10/15/2015 at 8:47AM

Exclusive: David Goyer on why Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max never came to be.

Had history taken a different turn, then writer/producer David Goyer may have pre-empted the current trend in crossing over superheroes and - more pertinently - villains with Green Arrow: Escape From Super MaxWe've looked in detail at the project here. Goyer penned a screenplay for the project back in the later 2000s along with Justin Marks, and it would have seen Green Arrow framed for murder, and sent to prison. The film would have followed his attempt to escape.

But the film would also have been packed with villains, in the same way that next year's Suicide Squad is going to be. Cameos from the likes of Lex Luthor, The Riddler and The Joker were being talked about.

We had a chance to chat to David Goyer, and asked him if, in the light of Suicide Squad getting the green light, his Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max project was ahead of its time?

"I think it absolutely was", he told us. "I think if that script had come over the transom a couple of years later… It was completely ahead of its time".

"By the way, everything I see about Suicide Squad looks fantastic and it’s a different story. But it was absolutely ahead of its time. You know, Marvel was considering doing the Sinister Six and at the time, God, I think this was eight or nine years ago that we wrote a couple of drafts, but it certainly was like this oddball project at Warner Bros at the time, they were like - even though the script was good - ‘why would we make a movie about a bunch of villains? That makes no sense’."

The idea for the project would die in development hell.

"The executive on it was really visionary," Goyer recalls, "but the higher-ups, none of whom are at Warner Bros any more, just thought at the time, you know, we just want to make Batman and Superman movies. We don’t want to make any other characters. But this is before Marvel had really taken off, before more obscure projects like Guardians Of The Galaxy or Ant-Man or things like that had huge success, before the current gold rush I guess, if you will. It’s natural that eventually someone was going to make a villain movie, so that’s just what happened!"

Goyer also confirmed to us that he definitely won't be directing one of the upcoming movies in the DC movie universe.