What Happened To DC Prison Film “Super Max”?

Almost a decade ago, and a good few years before “Arrow” was on the air, Warners was developing a project entitled “Super Max” which was co-written by “Batman Begins” scribe David S. Goyer and newcomer Justin Marks.

Described as a blending of Green Arrow and Suicide Squad, the story had Green Arrow getting framed for murder and sent to a prison filled with DC Comics villains. There he plans an escape, in the process coming across baddies ranging from Lex Luthor to The Joker and more.

It was hot stuff for a few months, and then in 2009 it just went away. Marks was then hired to pen a “Suicide Squad” film, but his version of that also vanished soon after it was commissioned. In a new interview with Den of Geek, Goyer has spoken a bit more about the project, why it was scrapped and how it would have differed from the upcoming “Suicide Squad”:

“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 [Super Max] 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 executive on it was really visionary, 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 confirms he has no plans to direct any of the upcoming DC Comics movies that are being developed at Warner Bros. Pictures. Goyer’s lavish period fantasy series “Da Vinci’s Demons” is scheduled to be released in full through Starz Play on October 24th.