Whether Marvel or DC is home to the coolest superheroes has been an ongoing argument since time immemorial, but when it comes to supervillains, there's no contest: DC wins, hands down. They've got the Joker, Lex Luthor, Two-Face, the Scarecrow ... basically Batman's entire Rogues Gallery, plus a few extra lesser-known ones like Deathstroke, Sinestro, and Crazy Quilt.
Don't forget to save room on those "Best Of" lists for Calendar Man.
Imagine all those legendary supervillains getting locked up in the same prison (not hard to imagine, considering there are like two prisons in the DC Comics universe). Now imagine all of them trying to break out.
That's what Green Arrow: Super Max was going to be about.
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Yeah, Green Arrow was in it too, for some reason.
Before the world's second-most-famous arrow-shooting superhero became a CW sensation, he was going to get his own movie based on an original script by David S. Goyer, who you might recognize as the dude who co-wrote both The Dark Knight and Man Of Steel (and to a lesser extent, Kickboxer 2: The Road Back). In the film, Green Arrow was going to be convicted of a crime he didn't commit and get locked up with that Dream Team of fanciful murderers we just rattled off. Many of those supervillains were sent to the big house by Arrow himself, so he's understandably desperate to clear his name before his fellow inmates begin sharpening toothbrushes to exact horrible vengeance for being thrown in prison by a man who dresses like Robin Hood and shoots arrows with giant boxing gloves attached to them.
In fairness, you would never forget this shit.
When the appeals process fails him, Arrow decides to recruit some of the villains and break the hell out of there. The problem is that the prison itself has superpowers, since it's designed to hold guys who can punch the moon in half and, uh, tell super difficult riddles. Green Arrow: Super Max is essentially The Great Escape starring the A-list villains of DC Comics.
... Or rather, it would have been, if Warner Bros. hadn't stalled the project indefinitely. Now that Green Arrow has his own TV show, Lex Luthor is set to appear in Batman v. Superman, and the Joker and a bunch of other villains will be showing up in a completely unrelated movie called Suicide Squad, it seems like Super Max is never going to happen. Which is a shame, because it would have been an interesting way to introduce all of those characters. Maybe Goyer will take his idea to Marvel, and we'll get to see a reimagining of The Dirty Dozen or Ocean's Eleven starring all the Marvel villains that haven't been blown up by Tony Stark yet.
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