Green Lantern- Sequel or Reboot?

Mark Strong as Sinestro in Warner Bros. Pictur...

Mark Strong as Sinestro in Warner Bros. Pictures action adventure Green Lantern. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that Marvel have proven a superhero ensembles can be billion dollar franchises, rivals Warner Bros and DC look like they’re finally moving forward with a Justice League movie. While making a Justice League movie work is something I’ll write about a bit later on, for now I will focus on what may be Warner Bros biggest hurdle; fixing the Green Lantern franchise.

Before the original film was released, rumour has it that Warner Bros were planning on fast-tracking a sequel in order to keep actor Ryan Reynolds attached, preventing him from moving over to Marvel to film a Deadpool spin-off from the X-Men franchise. A year later, and it seems Reynolds may be out based on the critical and financial success of the last movie, meaning Warner Bros may either be planning a total reboot, or a drastically different sequel.

Rumour online is that Warner Bros may be planning on bringing in another human Green Lantern, John Stewart, adding some much needed diversity to their cinematic line-up. While I’m in full support of Warner Bros adding some diversity to their superhero films, I just don’t believe John Stewart on his own would be strong enough to carry a film critics will be waiting to scorn way before it’s even released.

If Reynolds is out, Hal Jordan should not be re-cast. It wouldn’t do Warner Bros or DC any favours. Instead, Hal Jordan should be killed off away from screen, leaving the new human recruits with big shoes to fill. We saw the total disregard from other Lanterns towards the human race in the first film, so that should not be recycled. Instead, why not have it that Hal Jordan’s sacrifice has earned the human race a huge amount of respect, leading to the Lantern’s recruiting not one, but three new humans.

John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner should be the new Green Lanterns for the next movie. All three have drastically different personalities, and a movie line-up lead by three main characters will help add gravitas to the film where the previous version lacked. Now there is a reason for humans to be among the other Lanterns. Plus with Hal Jordan’s death, it even gives room for Reynolds to film some flashback scenes if he really wanted.

Should the main villain be Sinestro? Definitely not. Mark Strong‘s portrayal as the leader of the Green Lanterns was just about the only redeeming quality to the previous movie, despite the fact that his character received a butchered attempt at giving Sinestro a side-story where he becomes a Yellow Lantern. The next movie needs to properly flesh out Sinestro’s character, enabling him to act as a villain for a third film, or perhaps even for the Justice League movie similar to what Marvel did with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Since Parallax has already been used (terribly) that rules that out. Many fans feel the Manhunters should be the new villains, but they wouldn’t really be interesting enough on their own. While my Green Lantern knowledge is not as strong as it should be, I feel introducing Amon Sur, the son of the late Abin Sur, would be a great way to introduce a villain with a personal connection to the heroes. For those that don’t know, Amon was jealous that his father had given a power ring to a human, and became a powerful interstellar criminal as a result. He even joined the Sinestro Corps later on so that could even be used for a third film.

So there are my ideas on how to fix the Green Lantern franchise. I for one really hope DC doesn’t let the Green Lantern franchise fall into limbo. There are many great Green Lantern stories out there just waiting to become movies. If it was done correctly, Secret Origin, Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night should have been the trilogy.  Despite my prediction, I hope there’s still hope for that.

Do any of you Green Lantern fans agree? How would you want Warner Bros to bring back the Lanterns? As always leave your comments below!

    • Ryan Sorensen
    • June 11th, 2012

    Totally agree with you on the idea of sinestrl becoming a primary villain in the JL movie. I think it’d be really cool to build on the first movie because there was enough okay stuff there to make a killer second movie. Dont kill off Hal. The second movie could go more into depth on the actual corps and other planets, such as kilowog, tomar re, salakk and sinestros history and motives concerning the injustice on korugar (his home planet). Hal could go with sinestro to save korugar, whilst concurrently Abin Sur’s brother has teamed up with Hank henshaw or the anti monitor to destroy coast city. Hal comes back to his home destroyed and vows revenge, evoking the return of fear and parallax inside him. He could go to take down the corps leading to a giant battle between sinestro and the green lanterns against Hal/Parallax, Hank henshaw and abin surs brother etc. The result of the battle could be Hal/Parallax surviving with Sinestro (who is still seen as a hero), henshaw and abin surs brother being exiled to the antimatter universe. The end of the green lantern 2 movie ends in all hope lost and Hals ring being given to John Stewart or guy gardner.

    This could lead perfectly into the justice league movie, as a team is assembled in order to counter the threat of Hal/parallax and seperate them. The intro of the movie could start with Sinestros confusion and bitter anger at the stupidity of Jordan and the hopelessness of the guardians in helping korugar, being deluded by fear deciding to use it against the universe.

    Once Hal is separated from parallax, it returns to the antimatter universe to break sinestro free and then we get the scene at the end of the first green lantern movie where sinestro is stealing the yellow ring. Sinestro forms his corps (including the anti monitor, superman prime, henshaw, the scarecrow, abin surs brother etc) and they go to destroy earth and oa resulting in an all out Act II war movie between the sinestro corps and the justice league. Vola! (:

    • Wow, some great ideas there! As a fan, I would love to see that, however no movie studio is going to go anywhere near Parallax after how badly it was handled in the last film. It’s identical to what Fox did with the Galactus cloud in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Why run the risk of failure just to reuse a character mainstream audiences aren’t too bothered about anyway.

      I really like the idea of Hal seeking revenge after finding Coast City destroyed (if I’m right it was destroyed by Cyborg Superman in the comics?) but would that create a problem with the two films being radically different in tone? Green Lantern was a slightly light-hearted film, and the most serious it ever really got was when it hinted at Hal’s father issues. For a sequel to be so dramatically different it would need to distance itself from the original, which is why I thought Hal should be killed off.

      Like you said, I want Sinestro as the villain for Justice League, but I feel like they’re going to counter Marvel’s Thanos by placing Darkseid as the main villain.

      As a fan, I love your ideas but I worry it would too much for audiences unfamiliar with the character. After the financial disappointment of the last film, will Warner Bros risk alienating new viewers?

  1. PLEASE PLEASEEEEE, dont mess with Green Lantern!! Make the obvious sequel! Get people excited with an easter egg ending of Hal Falling into the sea after a space fight and being brought back to the surface and boom! You’ve got another movie to set-up for Justice League, as well as added interest in Green Lantern just for a secret reveal.

    Also, Don’t Release it in Spring! It needs to be a Summer Blockbuster!!!

    (As u can tell, I love green lantern, lol. I just dont want them to use the 2nd worst Green Lantern in John “bland as hell” Stewart)

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