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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!

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Why Nova Is The Best Character Marvel Have Right Now

Why sometimes taking a chance on an unknown character can do wonders for the comic book fan…

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I really didn’t know much about Nova until late last year. To me, he just seemed like a Marvel rip-off of Green Lantern. Cocky superhero, check. Intergalactic police force. Check. There comes a time though when it gets boring seeing characters like Wolverine and Spider-Man dominating the market. A change was needed, and for me it was Richard Rider.

Nova (Richard Rider) is a superhero in the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. Upon becoming a member of the galaxy’s Nova Corps (an intergalactic police force), Rider gained enhanced strength, flight, injury resistance, energy projection and a specialized uniform with life support.

I decided to take a gamble and bought a Nova trade (Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning) as it had received some rave reviews on Amazon. Taking it with an open mind however, I still didn’t know if it was going to be for me. To my delight, Nova instantly struck me as a fantastic hero. What I liked was that he was just an ordinary guy thrust into the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. The character had some amazing powers and lot of weight and responsibility on his shoulders. Not to mention his fantastic dynamic with his inbuilt super-intelligent Worldmind computer. His first arc, post Marvel’s Annihilation event stands as the best comic book I’ve read in over a year. Better yet, Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso promises we will see more of Nova in 2012 as Avengers Vs X-Men heats up. Whether or not it’s Richard Rider remains to be seen

What originally inspired me to do this post is how Sony are willing to give Ghost Rider a mediocre sequel, yet no studio has yet to capitalise on giving Nova a feature film. The character rights for Nova are owned by Marvel Studio, so using him would be a great way to development their cosmic universe for future movies. With Green Lantern failing to impress, now is a great opportunity to stake a claim in cosmic superheroes. Providing the casting was solid, Richard Rider would be a more relatable character for viewers. He’s more of a likeable character than Hal Jordan, but still maintains a charismatic edge. The dynamic between him and his computer Worldmind would provide humour with a great dynamic, similar to what was done with JARVIS and Tony Stark in the Iron Man films. If there were any doubts over whether or not Nova would be a viable movie franchise, Marvel still has the opinion of incorporating him into a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

He’s not having the best of luck in comics right now, but I urge any comic book readers to pick up the Nova trades. They have everything you could want in a comic book, space battles, high-octane action, comedy and even a lot of drama. I would love to see Marvel create a movie for Nova. It can’t be any worse than Green Lantern…

DC Characters We Will Never See As Movies

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The summer comic book movie season started off with a hammering bang. Thor was superb, offering cinema audiences a slightly different superhero movie to what they’re used too, but still managing to be dramatic, compelling and fun. X-Men: First Class was dramatic, intelligent, and filled with youthful energy. The pressure was on for DC’s Martin Campbell‘s directed Green Lantern, and did it deliver? No. The movie was universally panned by critics and now faces a struggle to avoid becoming a box office disaster. With Warner Bros putting such high hopes on Green lantern for it to instantly fail, the ramifications will undoubtedly halt future DC movies for B-List characters. But which ones?

The Flash

The adventures of DC’s Scarlett Speedster would undoubtedly have been DC’s next superhero film in line. With a huge comic book fan base, The Flash could have easily translated well to the big screen. Whether the film followed the origin of the always late Barry Allen, or the story of his nephew Wally West, it was a certainty that the film would be announced after the success of Green Lantern. With Hal Jordan not causing much of a storm at the box office, the film starring the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong struggling will undoubtedly have Warner Bros pushing the panic button on their smaller franchises, meaning we probably won’t see a Flash movie any time soon. It is however the most likely character to avoid the fall out of the Green Lantern movie.

Wonder Woman

This will undoubtedly be the certain casualty of the fall out of Green Lantern’s failure. With Joss Whedon the only likely candidate to successfully helm the Wonder Woman film and get results busy on Avengers business, the Amazon Princess will likely stay in development hell for the mean time.

Aquaman

Lampooned by comic book fans as the ‘useless’ hero who talks to sea animals, the cinematic potential for Aquaman likes much deeper. Aquaman could have been an underwater epic, to rival the likes of Avatar. The story could have followed a young Arthur Curry as his human father raised him in the under water city of Atlantis, where Curry develops healing powers along with other powers suited to his aquatic surroundings. What also makes this film standout is that of all the superhero movies getting the 3-D treatment, this was probably the film that could have benefited from it most. If Green Lantern can’t strike cinematic gold, there’s no chance of seeing Aquaman on cinema screens, unless a director such as James Cameron or Steven Spielberg gets behind it.

So these are the main DC films that will probably never see the light of day. There are tons of other DC properties that could have benefited from films, such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Atom and Hawkman, but these certainly won’t be made if the big three I mentioned can’t escape development hell. Also to take into account, is that Warner Bros are behind the upcoming DC comics reboot, as they wish to start turning a profit on comics books, meaning money saving now seems to be on their agenda.

They do certainly not seem like the type of company to give us a Martian Manhunter film anyway.

Are Comic Book Movies Dying Instead of Thriving?

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June has marked the release of one of the year’s most critically panned movie. No I’m not talking about the mediocre movie The Hangover Part II. I’m not talking about the brilliant X-Men: First Class. As much as it pains me to say it, Martin Campbell‘s Green Lantern may become the worst disaster for comic book movies since the likes of The Fantastic 4 hit cinemas. And it was all going so well this year…

As I’ve mentioned before about the likes of Thor and X-Men: First Class, comic book movies have needed to drastically improve in order to survive at the box office. Throwing a special effects extravaganza at audiences just doesn’t cut it anymore. Movies need to develop interesting characters, and generate a good story before worrying about spectacular special effects. That’s where comic book movies are struggling. With so much choice now for comic book movies, the films can’t afford to be lazy. Thor told a great father-son story, First Class added some historical gravitas to a superhero story whilst Green Lantern fails on just about every level…

Terrible plot holes, bad pacing, boring characters (unlike the comic book versions) and a bland story keeps Green Lantern’s feet firmly on the ground. It’s also an example of how a generic ‘popcorn’ superhero movie just doesn’t cut it with critics and fans alike. If Green Lantern bombs, DC will probably shy away from moving forward with projects such as The Flash and Wonder Woman. This could cause serious ramifications for comic book movies because; Marvel’s on screen catalogue of comic book characters will eventually run dry. With no alternative to go to, fans will inevitably get bored of Marvel throwing every B-List character under the sun at them. The same goes for DC’s Batman and Superman franchises. They will eventually run dry and DC will have nothing left to offer.

That’s what’s most disappointing about the Green Lantern movie. There was so much riding on it, and despite having Green Lantern wiz Geoff Johns behind the scenes; the movie has killed off all momentum for DC. Yes they have The Dark Knight Rises coming next year, but considering that’s up against Marvel’s Avengers, don’t expect it to reach the heights of The Dark Knight.

If the genre is dying, every upcoming comic book movie needs to be unique. The initial awesomeness of seeing Marvel’s finest united on screen will undoubtedly hold off bad reviews, but other projects such as Spider-Man, Wolverine and Superman might not be so fortunate unless they give the characters and the story proper attention. It’s time studios take these movies seriously. From the moment the initial GL trailer hit the net and viewers were treated to a classic Ryan Reynolds ‘I KNOW RIGHT’ scene, it was clear Warner Bros weren’t treating GL seriously. And that’s why the genre is struggling. It needs more X-Men: First Class, less Van Wilder in space.

2012 will be make or break for the comic book movie genre…

No More Justice League Movie?

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Comic book movies are at an all time high. Every Marvel Comics character from Luke Cage to Daredevil seems to have their own cinematic franchise, or at least have a movie in development. DC has so far lagged behind Marvel when it comes to making their characters come to life on screen.

Whilst Marvel have been whopping out properties such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and The X-Men in recent summers, DC have rarely ventured beyond the likes of Superman and Batman. Whilst these two properties usually equal cinematic gold, DC’s lesser-known properties such as Jonah Hex, Swamp Thing and Catwoman have all been met with universal panning. Will DC’s cinematic slump change forever when one of their most popular B-list characters, the Green Lantern, hits cinemas in just two days time?

If early reviews are to go by then The Green Lantern is set to be the summer’s first major blockbuster casualty. Major outlets such as Empire Online, Total Film and Digital Spy have all given the film negative reviews. With major critical panning only two days before release, and only a 31% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, things aren’t looking good for Hal Jordan and The Corps. What will the repercussions be though if Green Lantern bombs this summer?

1) No More Sequels.

If audiences don’t flock and see a film that cost an estimated $150,000,000 to make, chances are Warner Bros will drop their losses and not risk producing another mega budget box office flop. Especially since Harry Potter is set to break box office records this summer, whilst safe-card properties such as The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: Man of Steel hit screens next year. It will be a great shame if Green Lantern flops, as rumour suggests the film was heavily setting up a sequel, which may now never see the light of day.

2) No DC cinematic universe

Considering how high the budget was for this film, I don’t expect DC to venture into other B-list properties if Green Lantern flops. What also suggests DC might just stick to the likes of Superman and Batman, is the recent cancellation of the Wonder Woman television series. Whilst I’m happy to see more Batman and Superman films, I can’t help but wish for the likes of The Flash, Green Arrow and Aquaman to one day hit cinema screens.

Do you think Green Lantern is doomed? Are you bothered that we may never see The Flash or Wonder Woman in film? Please leave your comments below and let me know what properties you’re hoping to see after Green Lantern.

I May Have Been Wrong About Green Lantern

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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.

I’m thinking: It’s a case of goodbye Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool

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It seems things are finally moving now that Tim Miller has signed on to direct the 2014 R rated comic book movie, Deadpool. There’s been hype over this movie since we first got a glimpse of Reynolds as the merc with a mouth (or barackapool as he is now known) in the 2009 summer disappointment, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The Deadpool movie has been stuck in development hell for the past two years. Robert Rodriguez was close to helming the project but walked away to make a film that equals The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in zero demand, Spy Kids 4. Deadpool’s delay in production has also lead to Warner Bros snapping up one of their biggest assets Ryan Reynolds for a Green Lantern trilogy. Whilst Reynolds has openly stated he is still up for the role of Wade Wilson, it seems unlikely he’ll be able to fit the merc with a mouth and Hal Jordan together in the next two years.

Whilst I think Reynolds is a perfect choice for Wade Wilson, having him play Hal Jordan in the GL sequel and Wade Wilson so close together might alienate some viewers. It’s the same case for what’s happened with Chris Evans as Captain America. Evans was such a good Human Torch in Fantastic 4, it’s going to be interesting to see if he can play a completely different character in July.

If Reynolds does drop out of the project and Fox decide to still push on, I’d recommend Sean William Scott for the role of Deadpool. Sure he’s got his issues, but if he can overcome then he’d make a great fourth wall busting mercenary. Plus, as I said before, it’s time masked comic book characters actually keep their masks on. Reynolds is emerging into one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and I doubt he’d have his face appear disfigured or wear a mask for the entire film.

To me Deadpool is beginning to smell like a straight to DVD release. It remains to be seen if the movie finally does go ahead, but as long as we get something different from the silent barackpool we got in Wolverine, I’ll be happy.