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I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.

But didn't you go in screaming "It can't be worse than the other one, it can't be worse than the other one..."

Green Lantern isn't a well known character so I get the feeling that DC may just copy what Marvel did with Iron Man.

Whatever the hell that was.

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Green Lantern isn't a well known character so I get the feeling that DC may just copy what Marvel did with Iron Man.

Whatever the hell that was.

That would be writing a solid script that was filled with great characterization. Oh, and hiring the right actors helped, too.

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Warner Bros. is negotiating with Martin Campbell to direct "Green Lantern," the live-action film based on the DC Comics hero.

Campbell last directed "Casino Royale" and recently wrapped the Mel Gibson starrer "Edge of Darkness," based on the 1985 BBC miniseries that Campbell helmed.

The emergence of Campbell, who also helmed two "Zorro" films and the 007 film "GoldenEye," puts "Green Lantern" at the top of DC properties being set for movie treatment by WB. While the studio is hoping director Chris Nolan will follow its 2008 smash "The Dark Knight" with another Batfilm, DC projects such as Superman and "Justice League" were expected to happen quickly, but have stalled.

Instead, the hot DC titles are "Green Lantern" and "Jonah Hex," the latter of which has Josh Brolin set to play a disfigured gunslinger in a film that begins production in April, directed by Jimmy Heyward ("Horton Hears a Who").

Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.

Donald DeLine will produce with Berlanti.

Berlanti had once been considered to direct. Instead, WB has attached him to direct "This Is Where I Leave You," the upcoming Jonathan Tropper novel which will be adapted by the author.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111799958...yid=13&cs=1

This is the problem with WB. They don't know what to do next. They have no big DC movies coming for at least 2 years because they start and stop projects constantly. They haven't learned anything from Marvel's success.

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I think the effects are there but I doubt the imagination of most directors to fulfill the potential of the character. This could be DC's big new franchise if treated right.

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We'll agree to disagree there. I don't think we have the tech right now to make a character bathed in green light and a green bubble for most of the film look anything but cheesy.

Or a director for that matter. Who?

Someone like Cameron or Spielberg is probably well-suited for it but they won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

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My vote for GL casting goes to Scott Porter:

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He played Rex Racer in Speed Racer, and is apparently a huge GL fan that really wants to play Hal Jordan. If they're going for the origin story for Hal, it makes sense to cast a 29-year-old "youngster" rather than follow the new trend of 35/40-year-old heroes like Stark and Wayne.

I think that he's got just the right amount of depth and hot-shot attitude that defines Hal, especially in his origin. Furthermore, he can play the "young man that's grown up and learned from the hotshot actions of his youth" extremely well.

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Meh, Hal will forever be forty years old to me. He's the most senior of the Earth GL's and Stewart, Gardner and ESPECIALLY Rayner should seem younger. (I'm not counting Alan Scott, because, you know, not really a Green Lantern, he's just a guy who called himself Green Lantern.)

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Meh, Hal will forever be forty years old to me. He's the most senior of the Earth GL's and Stewart, Gardner and ESPECIALLY Rayner should seem younger. (I'm not counting Alan Scott, because, you know, not really a Green Lantern, he's just a guy who called himself Green Lantern.)

But this new film is Hal's origin, when he's still a young guy.

Hey, maybe after a few films they can start to have new GL replacements, but still keep Hal around. By that point, Porter will be about the right age for the "older Hal" anyhow, and it would follow his character development nicely.

I don't see the point in having Kyle in the first few films at all when you've still got Hal. I mean, Kyle was really there in the comics to appeal to the "younger" crowd of readers anyway, since Hal was older then. But since Hal is younger in the film, wouldn't it make a lot of not-sense to have Kyle there?

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I wouldn't mind an older Hal in the movie. It would be nice to have a hero starting out older than everyone else does. We all know they will cast a "pretty boy" barely out of high school though.

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Kyle is completely different sort of GL, though. I think he lends himself better to film, but not making the GL film about Hal is impossible.

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Kyle is completely different sort of GL, though. I think he lends himself better to film...

Really? Do you think he's better for film than New Frontier or Secret Origins-style Hal?

I think that they could practically just adapt the new Secret Origins comic arc for the film. Blackest Night could actually be a rising subplot in the first three films (much as it was retroactively introduced into the comics' history last year).

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I think they are most likely to try and turn Sinestro into a villain straight away but I really hope they concentrate on building the character this time around and leave that as a hook for the second film. They ruined Harry Osbourne's turn from friend to foe in the Spider-man films, what they can do here is actually plan the trilogy around Sinestro turning on the corps and Hal, that way their battles will actually mean something.

What should do is turn Sinestro at the end of the first film, have the green vs yellow war in the second and then blackest night in the third. And no Parrallax or Ion! I don't need some bizarre green dolphin or yellow lizard in my sci-fi.

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I still vote for David Boreanaz he did an excellent job as Hal in New Frontier and think he'd be great as a live action GL:

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I think Boreanaz would look like a fatass in tights.

Rayner lends himself more to film? An early twenties comic book artist or a mid thirties fighter pilot? Hmmm...I don't know but if I'm going to see an action movie, I'd prefer to see one with jets versus one with pencils.

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"Wah I found my girlfriend stuffed in a fridge wah" is not personality.

They can add new cast members as the franchise expands. You know that Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner would be great additions for the second film, it would turn it into a superhero team film in its own right. Hal is the right place to start this with, lets not ruin the chance for expansion by messing with the order of the mythology too much.

I love Angel, its a great show, but Boreanaz isn't good enough to be the lead in this sort of film. You need someone to carry this with personality, like RDJ did Iron Man.

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I think we're overlooking the fact that Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale, those recent Zorro movies) is directing this. That should be a tad encouraging.

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I think we're overlooking the fact that Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale, those recent Zorro movies) is directing this. That should be a tad encouraging.

I'm not. There's nothing in his resume to suggest that he can pull off an epic sci fi film.

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I think we're overlooking the fact that Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale, those recent Zorro movies) is directing this. That should be a tad encouraging.

I'm not. There's nothing in his resume to suggest that he can pull off an epic sci fi film.

There is nothing in anyone's resume to suggest they could pull this off. Crazy green light constructs and a guy flying through space in a weird green suit? The reason GL is so challenging is that its new territory, even for comic book films.

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