Rose & Thorn Will Be First HBO Max Movie Pulled from DC Universe: Rumor

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BY February 12, 2020

A new rumor suggests that HBO Max may finally have found their first DC Comics property for a movie with Rose & Thorn. It’s unclear if the movie will be one of the first productions undertaken by the newly formed Warner Max. The characters of Rose and Thorn date back to the very beginnings of the DC Universe. However, the story as described in the rumor sounds like the perfect mid-budget fare for the streaming service. It also does not appear that it’s connected to the DC Extended Universe. Instead it seems like the movie will occupy its own space like Lucifer on Netflix or Stargirl coming to DC Universe. Also unclear is if this is from DC series powerhouse Greg Berlanti, who will develop a new slate of DC series for HBO Max as part of his new Warner Bros. overall deal.

Rose & Thorn are based on two characters who first menaced the Flash in 1947, created by Josh Broome and Carmine Infantino. She has a split personality. Rose is her “normal,” genial human persona. Thorn is a vengeful metahuman with enhanced strength and the ability to control plant life. She eventually marries the first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, and gives birth to DC heroes Jade and Obsidian. This version of the character is not the Rose & Thorn who will appear in the first DC and HBO Max movie. Rather, they seem to be adapting a version of her New 52 one-shot storyline. (Which, itself is a reimagining of Gail Simone’s 2004 limited series Rose and Thorn.)

What We Know About the Rose & Thorn Movie for HBO Max

Rose & Thorn HBO Max DC Movie Panel Grab Image via screengrab

Rose Canton is a teenage girl released from an institution after a mental break following the death of her father. The story follows her reintegration into school. Complicating matters, she develops an alternate personality, Thorn. Thorn is everything Rose is not, violent, romantically aggressive, and determined to solve her father’s murder. The two sides of Rose and Thorn are in conflict, but they work together to avenger their father’s murder.

This rumor comes from, likely via Daniel Richtman who hinted at the news on Twitter. None of the industry trades are reporting on it. So, take the news with a grain of salt. Rose & Thorn may be the first DC property used for an exclusive HBO Max movie. It’s likely not a finalized deal. It does make sense, however. The New 52 version of Thorn didn’t have any superpowers. Thus, this is just an alter-ego movie set in a high school setting. Again, the perfect sort of mid-budget fare that can appeal to fans of the comics and fans of teen action dramas alike. So, it may not pan out, but this rumor feels like it could be accurate.

What do you think? Should Rose & Thorn be the first DC property made into a movie for HBO Max? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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