Green Lantern 2 – Depressingly Dark?

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Warner Bros. must be in a very good mood or very desperate. WB film group president Jeffrey Robinov has spoken of plans to push ahead with a sequel to The Green Lantern. This comes as a bit of a surprise as the Ryan Reynolds-fronted film faced critical apathy and cost near $200 million to make and has only clawed back $154 million in worldwide box office.

So, what’s Robinov’s dastardly plan to turn the franchise around? “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”

Edgier, darker, and more emphasis on action? Sigh. My problem with The Green Lantern was that it was workmanlike. In every way. There was no ambition, no imagination, no will power to take it from the ordinary to the extraordinary. I don’t think a galactic space cop with a magic ring needs to be darker or more edgy. What it needs is a director with a genuine love for the character or the vision to take it where it needs to go. It was Raimi’s love of Spider-Man that helped bring him to life in two wonderful movies (*cough* We’ll forget about Spidey 3 *cough*) and it was Nolan’s vision that has brought us the amazing Dark Knight pictures.

Marvel Studios recent picks have been inspired too, with Thor’s Kenneth Branagh, Iron Man 3’s Shane Black, and fan-favourite Joss Whedon on Marvel’s Avengers. Heck, even Fox have shown a willingness to learn from their mistakes with Matthew Vaughan’s X-Men First Class and briefly signing up Darren Aronofsky for Wolverine.

So, DC/Warner Bros., get the guy or gal behind the camera right and The Green Lantern may just have his brightest day instead of his darkest night.

5 Responses to “Green Lantern 2 – Depressingly Dark?”

  1. Do you think DC might be going after Marvel’s record for ‘all-round fastest reboot of comicbook movie franchises’?

    • Bjorn Grainger Says:

      What’s the record? Ang Lee’s The Hulk in 2003 and The Incredible Hulk in 2008? Five years. Yeah, I think they’re gunning for it.

  2. I really hope the sequel has less Earth bits. I fucking hate all the Earth bits. The Lantern is only interesting on Earth when he’s arguing with Ollie Queen. Without Queen he’s just a weepy twat. At least in the movie anyway.

    • Bjorn Grainger Says:

      I agree. Let’s have more flying about space, show us the wonders of the universe. Let’s not have a sulking Lantern in a dull grey city.

      • Also the secret base stuff was terrible. Everything about it was wrong. It just looked like a movie set. I hate that complaint usually but this time it was so hard not to see it like that.

        I’ll stop complaining now. I did enjoy the movie. The stuff on Oa was fantastic.

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