Steven Spielberg has made a lot of movies in many genres, but despite the odd cameo he’s never tackled a licensed superhero flick. That’s now set to change following a new DC announcement.

The Ready Player One director has signed on to bring DC character Blackhawk to our screens.

The story revolves around WWII pilots – hey, much like Spielberg’s 1941! Blackhawk commanded a squadron of ace pilots known variously as the Blackhawks or the Blackhawk Squadron. They battled the Axis powers, as well as super-villains and war machines such as the awesome-sounding shark planes. They could fight equally in sea or air – cool, let’s get some Jaws references happening, hey Stevo?

Hopefully we’ll also see some lady Blackhawk action in Spielberg’s take on the Blackhawk universe.

Blackhawk is being written by Spielberg regular David Koepp, who was also behind the first two Jurassic Park movies, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Actually, we probably shouldn’t have mentioned that last one. To make up for that, Koepp also penned Carlito’s Way, the Tom Cruise-starring Mission: Impossible, Panic Room, 2002’s Spider-Man and last year’s The Mumm… uh, let’s stop there.

Says Spielberg of the announcement, “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.”

As we await more info, here’s the trailer for Spielberg’s 1941

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