Geoff Johns Hopes Green Lantern Is More Than A Trilogy

Warner Brothers Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, sat down for an interview to discuss Green Lantern and wanting the franchise to be more then a trilogy.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 6/17/2011
Geoff Johns recently sat down with Fast Company where he talked about a wide variety of whats going on with Warner Brothers/DC at the moment. In the interview Johns reveals that he wants more than just three movies for Green Lantern, talks about his his duties as Chief Creative Officer, and talks a little bit about the DC relaunch.



On what his duties as the Producer of Green Lantern were:

I was there as a Green Lantern guru. I've been writing Green Lantern stories for seven years, so when they started talking about the film (in 2008), they brought me in to tap into what I was doing with the books and make sure we were celebrating everything that was Green Lantern. A lot of the heavy lifting for me was when Michael Goldenberg was writing a draft of the script. We worked a lot on the mythology, making sure that its foundation, which is about overcoming fear, and the core characters were represented. But it was a really collaborative effort. I wasn't a cop. It wasn't like, "Make his boots shorter!" That's useless. It was more about, "Why is Hal Jordan a compelling character? What is Sinestro's real motivation? Why is he so driven? What are the attributes of the Green Lantern Corps' and Guardians (of the Universe) that you want to accentuate?"


On what how much is taken from his new story lines:

It borrows a lot from the recent changes that were made to the mythology, Green Lantern: Secret Origin, which is a book I wrote a few years ago that retells the origin of Hal Jordan. But the film also takes things from all decades of Green Lantern stories.


On a planned Green Lantern trilogy:

There are definitely plans for more Green Lantern films. I would hope it's more than a trilogy. I think Green Lantern has a lot of movies in it, a lot of stories to tell. The Flash, which I wrote the treatment for, is also in development, but I can't say much more than that.


On what his duties as Chief Creative Officer are:

You know, I just never get used to the title! As CCO, I oversee the creative development of film, television, animation, interactive, and licensing with the other Warner Bros. divisions. My team and I go through the libraries of DC and Vertigo, which is the more mature brand, sort of like the HBO of comics. We pick out things we think could be live-action shows, films, animated series, or direct-to-video. Then we brainstorm with various Warner Bros. and Franchise Management divisions. That's essentially what we do all day.



On if he focuses on revitalized stories for other media or if he will use older stuff as well:

There are stories throughout the decades that work really well. There are also really great characters. For instance, there's a character called Hourman. He's been around for 60 years, but has never had his own series. So we develop him in house a little bit more, and then we talk to the people at Warner Television about what their take could be. Raven, who is part of the Teen Titans, is another character we've explored. Raven's very well-known and loved, but she's always been part of a team. You've seen Rosemary's Baby? Picture that kid grown up. So it's a really interesting mythology to delve into. Vertigo has a comic, 100 Bullets, which is a great story if you like crime comics, and it's going to be a great TV show. Vertigo comics tend to create their own worlds, so we can see clearly what each story line is, and consider them for television or film.


On the DC relaunch:

The new stories won't take precedence over the older ones, because they're different entities. Publishing is run by Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, the co-publishers, and Bob Harras, the editor-in-chief, and they've laid out a publishing plan for September. The editors and creators are doing a whole lot of new takes on characters.


On his and Jim Lee's Justice League book:

The one thing I'm trying to do with Justice League is to really make it accessible, so that anybody can pick up that first issue and understand it. Anybody. These characters are icons, and so the public sees them a certain way, but behind the masks, they are people. They make mistakes, they have egos. Batman and Green Lantern are the focus of the first issue, and they're exact opposite characters. Batman hides in the shadows, uses fear as a weapon, and is really grounded, while Green Lantern is this big, glowing green guy who can overcome fear and doesn't hide himself. They shouldn't work together. That's the point of the book. [Johns reveals a page of Lee's beautifully rendered pencil layouts of a glowing Green Lantern descending upon an annoyed Batman looking up from the pavement.] This is the first time they ever meet. The public might see them as symbols, but behind the icons are people with problems, viewpoints, and good and bad traits. That's what I want to explore. There's also more humor in it than we've previously had.


For the full interview click the source link below.

What do you guys think, with the negative reviews that are coming in will we even see a second Green Lantern? Will the reviews cause The Flash never to see the light of day? As usual leave your comments in the section below.

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Source: Fast Company
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canvilella - 6/17/2011, 5:53 AM
well, I hope the movie makes a lot of money so that we can get those sequels... Hopefully people won't listen to the critics and go see for themselves.
Corpse - 6/17/2011, 6:11 AM
He wrote Flash!!!! YES!
Checkmate - 6/17/2011, 6:18 AM
I'm excited, I hope there'll be more GL movies, he's one of my favorite superheroes.

@Intruder It's not a reboot. The first arc of the new Justice League is a flashback and focuses on the origin of the Justice League. The arc after will take place in the present.
Checkmate - 6/17/2011, 6:31 AM
@TheGODDAMNSUPERGUY



I don't think you can get much worse than this. ;P
nordberg - 6/17/2011, 6:57 AM
I hate to be the resident English Nazi but letting mistakes like this go on just perpetuates the problem, so...

Then vs. Than

Then is used as a time expression.

Examples:

I'll see you then.
I'll be at the party. We can speak then.

Note: It is not used in the form "different than" which is used for comparisons.

Than is used for comparisons.

Examples:

He's lived here longer than I have.
His skills are very different than mine.
WOLVERINEDECADE - 6/17/2011, 6:59 AM
LMAO! @ Dane
thesymbiote - 6/17/2011, 7:02 AM
If they are doing so, they better get their shit straight with GL first. Saw the movie, did NOT like it whatsoever.

Its not un-fixable. Make a compelling sequel, and then we'll see from there. Otherwise the launch of an expanded DC universe is dead on arrival.

I feel like GL showed exactly what I didn't want. It assumed that it'll have a sequel, so it felt like this entire movie was just taken for granted. It had no heart and soul or passion for the source material.
Areajerm - 6/17/2011, 7:07 AM
Haha, good luck with that
WaylonJones - 6/17/2011, 7:07 AM
Nordberg @ caught that and changed it just hasn't updated yet thanks for letting me know :D
marvel72 - 6/17/2011, 7:07 AM
it'll only be a trilogy if it does well at the box office.

geoff johns peaked with the sinestro corp war,ed brubaker is the best writer in comics.
billthebutcher - 6/17/2011, 7:19 AM
YOU FAILED US ALL YOU IDIOT
95 - 6/17/2011, 7:45 AM
@billthebutcher

lmfao. I truly laughed when I read that.

@Geoff Johns

More than a trilogy? A trilogy for Hal Jordan, a trilogy for Guy Gardner, a trilogy of John Stewart, a trilogy for Kyle Rayner?
GUNSMITH - 6/17/2011, 7:56 AM
EarOne - 6/17/2011, 8:39 AM
first of all, lemme agree to the ones who pointed out Geoff's way overrated talent. ever since he's written GL: Rebirth, i've been thinkin who did this guy do to get to where he is???

now knowing he's got a lot of say on the GL movie, no wonder the movie's been getting a lot of negative reviews. cuz, MAINLY, the idea of making PARALLAX an evil being "behind" Hal's fall from grace, who's been around supposedly from the beginning of GLC's lore, is just ridiculous. and to make it to look like the giant cloud-thingy like FF: RotSS's Galactus is just BEYOND stoopid.

seriously, someone's gotta clean house over at dc/wb and just change the current regime of Johns, Winnick and the other young hotshots. with the current direction dc's going, it's heading to disaster.
JULEZ13 - 6/17/2011, 9:14 AM
So, another relaunched Justice League book that excludes the most important and powerful character in their universe by just tossing him to the back burner. Really? Way to go Geoff Johns and Jim Lee - way to go. -_-

Can't wait til these guys get demoted. They're not where they belong.

And did he just say we were gonna get a 100 Bullets TV Show??

"Vertigo has a comic, 100 Bullets, which is a great story if you like crime comics, and it's going to be a great TV show."
PolManning - 6/17/2011, 9:22 AM
So what if they wrote/drew stories that **you** don't personally like. But if the audience didn't like these...they'd stop getting hired.

And certainly, they'd stop getting promotion after promotion.

So maybe...just maybe...you should stop wishing they'd get fired simply because YOU don't like their work. I don't like Johns stuff from post-2008 myself...but that doesn't mean I want to see people lose their jobs. I try to demonstrate class, when/if I can.
Draximos - 6/17/2011, 10:03 AM
Jeez jeez jeez, why all the hate on Johns??? So much of all the great things in the DC Universe have happened because of him in the last decade. And have you guys really seen the GL film yet? Because don't let the critics influence you, I honestly don't get why they're so negative - this film so doesn't deserve it. It was VERY accurate for the most part and really enjoyable. If you want to diss on something for straying from source material - talk about First Class. Goodness.
n1ghtw1ng2832 - 6/17/2011, 10:23 AM
ANYBODY THAT DIDNT LIKE THIS MOVIE IS AN IDIOT AND SHOULD NEVER CALL THEMSELVES A GREEN LANTERN FAN AGAIN. THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME. AS FOR ALL U BITCHY LITTLE FANBOYS UR NOT HAPPY UNLESS U HAVE SOMETHING TO BITCH ABOUT. WHY DONT ALL OF U GROW THE [frick] UP!
Giourkas1 - 6/17/2011, 1:37 PM
Just saw GL and I loved it! I really don't understand what ppl didn't like. CGI was generally very good, Reynolds was perfect, so was Mark Strong, and the constructs were fantastic! The story was very good, not Dark Knight good, but if that's what you're expecting, of course you're gonna be disappointed. Sure, it could have been even better (more kilowog!, more on Oa) but it was still great. At least it wasn't like Thor, where he spends half the movie without his powers. I put it at the same level as Iron Man 1. Maybe i'm just a conspiracy theorist but i really believe marvel has a few critics on their payroll to try to hurt GL's rep. Maybe they even have some of you, too!!
Checkmate - 6/17/2011, 5:23 PM
@SinisterUrge I am in agreement.
haljordan2814 - 6/26/2011, 10:28 AM
@n1ghtw1ng2832 ---WAY TO GO MAN! I LOVE SEEING POSTS LIKE THAT AGAINST ALL THESE JERKS TRYING TO BRING GL DOWN!!

The movie was awesome. Sure, with it being the MOST ANTICIPATED movie of the year, and with having so much hate from anti-DC peeps, it probably didn't live up to critic's expectations. I guess they wanted to go into the theaters, experience a mental orgasm comparable to a (heroin/cocaine/ecstacy etc) high and then come out of the theaters and suddenly know the all the mysteries of the universe through an epiphany....well, you're not gonna get that from ANY movie.

Well, that may be slightly overstating, but I had to bring it up to the level of hate I've seen. That being said, I'm glad there are many out there who enjoy the movie for what it is: A truly heroic origin story of one of the greatest heroes in the comic book universe. And with awesome special effects too!

Btw, I've still boycotted this site because of all the JERKS, I just happened to find this while searching for Geoff Johns interviews.

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