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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!


Can Green Lantern really be the next Star Wars?

Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in Green Lantern.

Image via Wikipedia

After reading the article over at, I was left wondering if Green Lantern really could be the next Star Wars? After thinking it through, my conclusion was:

Intergalactic spectacle? Check. Aliens? Check. Love story? Check.

The recipe was there but sadly Green Lantern has already lost the potential to be the next Star Wars.

If Green Lantern was ever going to stand a chance of becoming the next Star Wars it would have needed to have been strongly marketed months ago. So far all we’ve received is a very average looking trailer, and four minutes of Wonder-Con footage. If Warner Bros. had just resisted releasing that first trailer so soon then maybe the movie wouldn’t be fighting an uphill battle with over a month left before its release.

At least the WonderCon footage showed some promise from Reynold’s performance. But what of the other characters?  We’ve only seen a glimpse of Mark Strong’s portrayal as leader of the Green Lantern Corps Sinestro. I’m convinced Blake Lively is going to be the Jar Jar Blinks of the franchise already as her portrayal as Carol Ferris in the trailer was extremely dull and wooden. Heck, I was more one over by Geoffrey Rush’s voice over as alien Tomar-Re then I was for any of the other characters.

I have nothing against the Green Lantern character. I am actually a big fan of the comic books, and I truly believe this film had so much potential. But the studio just isn’t doing enough to generate enough hype for the movie to be as big as Star Wars.

A big method of generating hype would have been to release Green Lantern merchandise months in advance. I remember seeing Star Wars toys from The Phantom Menace hit shelves before I even knew that the film was coming out. This meant the public (children) could familiarize themselves with the characters in advance, as Green Lantern is not a strong enough character for the move to sell itself. Whilst the tie-in video game Rise Of The Man Hunters does look promising, its release date is too close to the film for it to really pay off. If you look at what Marvel has done with Thor, they’ve already released two excellent trailers, several TV spots, video-game footage, posters and a toy line. Thor doesn’t even come out for another three weeks.

Your average non Green Lantern fan probably doesn’t know Hal Jordan from Guy Gardner; therefore the characters need effective merchandise marketing, for the film to generate enough hype.

Whilst I really do hope the folks at Warner Bros. turn it around and make Green Lantern into the spectacle it should be (footage from Kapow comic-con suggests it might), I sadly feel when it comes to being the next Star Wars, they’ve already dug their own grave.