The current title is "Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max"
and in it Oliver Queen is unjustly locked up in a federal penitentiary for meta-humans and forced to rely on a whole bevy of villains to make his escape — villains like Lex Luthor
and even the Joker
In a recent interview with MTV
, screenwriter, Justin Marks
, had plenty to say about his upcoming Green Arrow
"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 Super Max they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we've ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!"
"What we wanted to do, and I think we'll continue to do as the studio continues to push the movie forward, is to be able to [put Queen] in the center of a much bigger universe,"
Marks said. "In the same way that Marvel is starting to do, when you're in the [filmed] DC Universe [where] this world and this world and this world — they all exist in an interrelated web. It's the kind of thing that I think absolutely is about spelling out a couple different roads for a couple different characters."
That means Queen won't get a traditional origin story along the lines of Bruce Wayne
or Peter Parker
. But you wouldn't really want that anyway, Marks asserted.
"By the time a movie like this comes out, we will all understand origin stories. And mainstream audiences now are willing to suspend their disbelief to the point that we can believe that a world exists where superpowers exist and people dress up in costumes. So now what? Now what do we do? And I call this Superhero 2.0,"
Marks said. "We do deal with his origin — he's got a very interesting origin with a desert island and everything else — but we get to the core of Green Arrow not by showing where he starts but by pushing him into a key moment in his life where everything he has is lost, and he's got to earn it all back. I think for audiences it's going to be a great way to get to know a new character."
Queen himself is the "perfect hero" for this sort of reinvention, Marks said, as he's a B-level super without all the heavy baggage of Batman or Superman. More important, though, he's also a real guy, a mortal without any meta-human skills or weapons, a vigilante who gets by on nothing more than his preternatural intellect and guile. That already makes him less like the silly Golden Age caricatures and more like the reinventions so many writers deem necessary these days.
"I see him as the Jason Bourne of superheroes, a guy who exists with his own sort of set of tricks. And I think the difference between Ollie Queen and a guy like Bruce Wayne — they're both rich. They both have their things. But Batman is about his equipment and is about his theatricality and about his detective skills. And Green Arrow is a guy who's really just the sort of MacGyver type,"
Marks said. "In his hand, anything can be a weapon."
Yeah, but what about his hot wife
, the Black Canary?
As yet, there are no plans
for the Black Canary — Oliver Queen’s super-heroine wife — to make an appearance in the film, Marks said, although he remains hopeful that she will eventually be written in.
“I mean, right now he’s in prison. It’s the kind of thing where I know there’s talk of working with her, and she’s obviously a huge part of Ollie’s life and now that they’re married especially,” Marks said. “[But] I don’t know. I don’t know how they’re kind of planning on doing it.”
While Marks is super excited about his new take on Oliver Queen, it’s Black Canary, actually, who ends up losing out the most, he said, given that there’s really very little place for her in the flick even though she’s a wildly important character in the comics.
“I think that’s another unique side to his character - that unlike Bruce Wayne he’s not really the playboy. He’s the guy who has the steady girl who hates his guts and they come in and out of each other’s lives all the time,”
Marks said. “There’s a real cool dynamic to having a superhero couple.”
Guess we’ll just have to wait for “Green Arrow 2.”