Out of all the recent comic book movies to be released I’d say Green Lantern is the worst. The script clearly needed some work. It had unfocused direction with some shoddy CGI and just a general lack of anything interesting. Hal would be in space for 5 minutes declining a job as a Green Lantern and then he would be sitting around on Earth moping about responsibilities. Ryan Reynolds did okay and the rest of the cast was fine, but nothing really struck as something special. It felt like a big mess that all started with the script and continued to fumble as production went on.
To cap it all off it didn’t even do well at the box office, yet Warner Bros. is hard at work on a sequel and president Jeff Robinov mentioned a few things that they plan on working on to improve the sequel.
Robinov tells Hero Complex:
“We had a decent opening* so we learned there is an audience. To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action… And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”
Great, just because other comic book movies like The Dark Knight managed to work really well with a darker and more edgy tone doesn’t mean that’s what Green Lantern needs, but Warner Brothers is just trying to learn from other success that they have had. I would be fine if Green Lantern played off more on the silly side as the character is a bit silly, a guy that wears a green suit that can form anything with his mind? I don’t know how dark and edgy you can make that. Thor worked wonders for both Marvel and Paramount Pictures because it found that perfect balance of fantasy, action and comedy. Even though I’d say Thor spent a little too much time in the world of Asgard than it did on Earth. Green Lantern spent absolutely no time in Oa and when it was on Earth it didn’t do much of anything.
So again, like everyone has been saying, in order for Green Lantern to work properly, Warner Bros. is going to need a strong script, which isn’t looking too good since they rehired the guys who penned the first one. If they don’t change up the writing then it will fail, just like the first film.
What are your thoughts on matter? Do you think a darker Green Lantern is just what we need or should they step back and take a moment to work out the writing kinks?