I May Have Been Wrong About Green Lantern
I had Green lantern more or less written off as soon as I saw the film’s first trailer back in November. It looked average, generic and more like Ryan Reynolds as Van Wilder in space than the intergalactic spectacle the character deserved. It seemed the trailers poor response from audiences lead to Warner Bros upping their game, and now Green lantern looks like it can definitely hold it’s own with the rest of this year’s comic book movies.
Will it be the best CBM this year? Probably not, but Green Lantern at least shows promise that now Warner Bros have learnt from their mistakes, and if the movie does well at the box office this year, I’m sure we’ll see a revolutionary sequel in the future. So why the change of heart? It’s because the film is really starting to look like the start of a whole new terrific franchise. Martin Campbell seems to be building a trilogy, with a consistent storyline overlapping over the tree films. . The first film deals with Hal‘s origin, the second (spoiler) will apparently showcase the Sinestro Corps War, arguably one of the best comic book storylines in modern times, and I’m guessing the third will either follow The Blackest Night storyline or something new entirely. Warner Bros clearly have a plan and it will be nice to have a comic book trilogy with consistency for once, without the need for retconning or continuity mishaps.
I was also very pessimistic about the film being in converted 3-D. It seems 3-D is the latest craze in Hollywood these days, but arguably not for the better. Since the incredible success of Avatar, films are now cheaply converted to 3-D which only really pays off in one or two scenes whilst audiences struggle to watch the rest of the films through tinted 3-D glasses. Some early reviews have however suggested the 3-D works fantastically in Green Lantern, which already puts it ahead of this years comic book movies such as Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in the visuals department, as Marvel Studios should stay away from cheap 3-D conversions in the future.
I was also pretty amazed at this recent footage , which shows Hal Jordan facing off against the giant fear entity Parallax. Whilst it may not match X-Men: First Class‘s drama and emotion, it certainly packs a punch in the action department as that was one of the most impressive set pieces I’ve ever seen from a comic book movie. I now can’t wait to see what imaginative constructs Campbell and the team have come up with, as Green Lantern could potentially be the most imaginative comic book movie ever made.
It certainly won’t be the best CBM this year; Blake Lively still looks unconvincing as Hal’s love interest Carol Ferris, whilst some of the comedy moments look cringy at best. As long as Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong are on show stealing form as Hal and Sinestro, I’m sure Green Lantern will earn enough to warrant a sequel I personally can’t wait to see.
In Brightest Day.