EDITORIAL: Does GREEN LANTERN Actually Deserve Another Movie?

Green Lantern was mostly negatively received among critics and fans alike. So, does the character of Hal Jordan - or any of the other human Lantens - deserve to be brought back to the big screen or are they destined for little more than a supporting role in Justice League? Here's my take.

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By Josh Wilding - 9/14/2013

Green Lantern should have been a great movie. On the surface, it certainly seemed to have all the right ingredients to be a hit, especially with the director who made James Bond cool again at the helm. Throw in an impressive cast which included Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong and Michael Clarke Duncan, and we should have been looking at the start of a new franchise. Sadly, that was not the case. Without going over all of its problems AGAIN, they’re not exactly hard to figure out. In case you need reminding though, the main issues were of course the fact that Green Lantern was full of horrendous performances and had an abysmal script. Some creative decisions – an all CGI costume for the titular character and a surprisingly bland looking Oa for a movie which cost over $200 million – were also baffling, and not even an after-credits scene catered specifically to fans would make the movie any less reviled among them.

Considering that Warner Bros. seemingly looked towards Geoff Johns’ critically acclaimed relaunched Green Lantern comic book for inspiration, it’s crazy that it ended up the way It did. Why did Parallax look like a big brown cloud instead of the terrifying monster from the comics? This is just one of many questions which plague the movie, and it seems unlikely that we will ever learn who exactly was responsible for it all going so wrong. It’s also pretty damn depressing to mull over the fact that had it been a hit (Green Lantern earned a paltry worldwide total of $219 million), this year would have more than likely seen the release of a sequel alongside Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and it’s impossible to imagine that the two wouldn’t have crossed over somehow. Talk about a missed opportunity!

The question now is whether or not Green Lantern deserves another movie. It’s not hard to imagine that Warner Bros. are extremely reluctant to move ahead with either a sequel or a reboot, while audiences would surely have little to no desire to see the character return to the big screen. Right?! Well, Spider-Man 3 was terrible, but people still flocked to see The Amazing Spider-Man last year, even if it was the least successful instalment of Sony’s franchise yet (and it still did well enough for the studio to give the green light to three more movies). However, that’s like comparing apples and oranges and it would be fair to argue that Spidey is just one of those characters - like Batman and Superman - who will always be successful due to the fact they are so very recognisable. So, where does that leave Green Lantern? Even if a Hal Jordan was forgotten and a new Lantern such as Simon Baz or John Stewart was chosen as the lead for a new film, it’s still extremely difficult to imagine that Warner Bros. would feel confident enough in even the greatest of writers or directors to make another movie a success.

It’s hard to imagine that one version of the character won’t be included in the planned Justice League movie, and it’s from here that Warner Bros. have the opportunity to give Green Lantern his own movie. Regardless of which version they go for, if a new actor manages to gain enough popularity in that superhero ensemble, it at least opens the door to them then getting their own spin-off alongside characters like Aquaman and Wonder Woman. It still seems unlikely though! While any Green Lantern has a ton of potential, another movie seems like too much of a gamble. Even after the Hulk’s newfound popularity in The Avengers, Marvel Studios haven’t rushed ahead to producer another solo movie for the Green Goliath (and The Incredible Hulk was far from a flop).

Unfortunately, as much as Hal Jordan – or any of the other human Lanterns – deserve the chance to have the big screen glory we all know they’re capable of achieving, that may have to be left for the Justice League franchise. Alternatively, the character could be brought to the small screen, but there are obvious budgetary issues there which make that extremely unlikely. The fact remains that 2011’s Green Lantern proved to be a failed experiment for Warner Bros. and could be blamed for the fact that none of the huge library of DC superheroes they hold the rights to have been brought to the big screen since (they are instead once again relying solely on the popularity of Superman and Batman). It may now be time to give THEM a chance, and as much as I want to see The Sinestro Corps War or a version of Blackest Night brought to life in live action, we may be forced to ultimately accept that Green Lantern will be little more than a supporting player for the foreseeable future. However, we can only hope that he gets another chance at some point down the line...

What do you guys think?
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ruadh - 9/14/2013, 12:03 PM
I think this editorial said a lot, without saying much.
bluedude - 9/14/2013, 12:05 PM
No he doesnt NO ONE was saying he did
Greengo - 9/14/2013, 12:05 PM
Hal Jordan doesn't. Guy Gardner does.
heitish - 9/14/2013, 12:09 PM
Slow news day...
NBAfanaddict - 9/14/2013, 12:09 PM
Josh has been putting in work!

I think Green Lantern can work. The biggest problem with he first movie was that it didn't know what it wanted to be. It was split between being a more light-hearted Iron Man-esque flick, and a DC style-more serious one. If they stuck with a tone, I think they would be better.
ALmight - 9/14/2013, 12:09 PM
I think Reynolds would have made good kyle Rayner, but this movie killed GL at least until WB develops a Justice League movie.
ALegendaryPanda - 9/14/2013, 12:10 PM
If the 2003 Hulk can get a reboot, then so should this pile of shit.
MJPETTY7 - 9/14/2013, 12:12 PM
Based off of how amazing Geoff Johns' Green Lantern was, how great the GL animated films are, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series as a whole, yes I do think he deserves another movie. Especially since I didn't think GL was a bad movie, it just needed more.
MJPETTY7 - 9/14/2013, 12:13 PM
@bluman Actually I did.
MrEko - 9/14/2013, 12:14 PM
No.

And I hope to goodness, Hal never shows up again. Dude is bland as [frick]. Give me a GL Corps movie with hotheads Baz & Gardner, and I'll be there opening night. Those two have more personality than the rest of the GL Corps put together.
Dunejedi - 9/14/2013, 12:14 PM
I think it'll be awhile. I don't think they need another GL flick to do JL. He's still 'fresh' enough in people's minds ( unfortunately ). If they did, though, I think a requel would be sufficient than just starting over. There's plenty from the first one to work with.
fishybashi - 9/14/2013, 12:15 PM
Yes he deserves another shot -- at a reboot. WB needs to decide how to handle their properties and stick with a formula that works. GL needs to have the serious feel of a Star Wars. The 2011 movie felt like Daredevil all over again. It was campy.
YoungThanos - 9/14/2013, 12:15 PM
Do we deserve all these lame editorials????
Equivocal - 9/14/2013, 12:16 PM
better for a supporting role in the upcoming JLA...

anyway WB/DC are too lazy to take risks and they always stay stuck to what they know...

- how many movies are with superman ??
- how many movies are with batman ??

most likely that they WON'T venture into new things, they already tried with GL, let alone Wonder Woman, Aquaman or Martian Hunter, etc ....
McNyagano - 9/14/2013, 12:17 PM
Problem is,WB/DC tried making GL like a Marvel movie, that's why it failed -__-
Kevwebsz - 9/14/2013, 12:17 PM
the real question is does this movie deserve to be apart of the DCCU
marvel72 - 9/14/2013, 12:18 PM
no to a sequel....

REBOOT THIS MOTHER F*CKER!
TonyChu - 9/14/2013, 12:19 PM
Indeed he does. Before the New 52, Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern was one of the best runs DC had for years and one of the best period. He was brought from being a B list hero in the comic book community to an A lister. He even has under his belt one of the best comic book arcs involving Parallax.
Hellboy6666 - 9/14/2013, 12:20 PM
Editorial: Does Superman need a more ninja inspired origin story
Editorial: Does wonder woman have to be a woman?
Editorial: How my personal opinion about how a batman film should be made is greater than those of everybody else's.
Editorial: Can DC AND Marvel fans stop acting like they know how films should be made?
Editorial: F&@$ Editorials
ALegendaryPanda - 9/14/2013, 12:22 PM
The tone of the movie should be more like Star Trek(2009) instead of that super campy bullshit we got.
Mrsinister - 9/14/2013, 12:23 PM
I actually loved the movie. I hope we get a sequel some day
TheWolverine08 - 9/14/2013, 12:26 PM
I literally know next to nothing about the Lanterns do I can't say if they deserve another movie.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/14/2013, 12:28 PM
Green lantern is [frick]ing awesome. The movie is [frick]ing shit. Green Lantern IS the Star Wars of comics. A lot of things are similar to star wars. Think about it:

A pilot named Hal Jordan (Luke Skywalker, who later becomes a pilot) is looking for something more in life. He meets a man named Abin Sur (Ben Kenobi) who is part of a group of peace keepers called Green Lanterns (Jedi). Chosen because of his strong Will Power (The force), Hal Jordan is given a special Ring (Lightsaber) to uphold peace and justice in the galaxy.

And no it did not copy Star Wars. GL came out a good 20 years before it.
SuperPhil - 9/14/2013, 12:28 PM
Not a complete reboot. They should make a sequel with some changes, like Hulk/The incredible Hulk. Not another origin story in the movie. But YES, I definitely do want more movies with Green Lantern.
chrispunk28 - 9/14/2013, 12:28 PM
Yeah get a new director, new cast, and forget the first one ever happen!
charlie2094 - 9/14/2013, 12:28 PM
Yes it absolutely does. A reboot with Hal Jordan is necessary. Maybe save reintroducing him for Justice League, then spin him out. Green Lantern didn't make much less than The Incredible Hulk and many want a new Hulk film given Avengers. Do the same here

John's run is incredible and Hal Jordan is an amazing character. The whole lore of Green Lantern, Hal and Sinestro's relationship, the Sinestro Corps War, villains like Black Hand, the emotional spectrum, Carol Ferris, taken over by Parralax etc has so much to offer. It's such a rich franchise it absolutely deserves a great film series.
HAILHYDRA - 9/14/2013, 12:29 PM
I say yes. I know Zack Snyder can't direct every movie, but he would really make an awesome GL movie.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 9/14/2013, 12:29 PM
We should have a poll on if we want editorials weekly. I think the poll would be 95% Hell No, 5% yes but not so many. Editorials about trash ass movies don't generate interest. Do one about real potential movies. Slow news day indeed.
thatguyandrew - 9/14/2013, 12:29 PM
I seriously am baffled with how poorly that movie ended up being handled... I don't even get the tone they went for! I mean, why would they make it all silly and nonsensical? Why would they cast Ryan Reynolds? Why would they cast Blake Lively? And why the [frick] would they use Hector Hammond as one of the main villains in a live-action movie? Hammond is almost too silly even for the COMICS; did they really think ol' big head was going to attract mainstream audiences?

We need a reboot that uses the tone of Man of Steel, uses a bunch of practical effects for the aliens, and casts a real actor instead of Ryan Reynolds. Also, lets get a director who actually knows his way around sci-fi and comics; Martin Campbell made two good Bond movies, but he was, in hindsight, a terrible choice for something like Green Lantern.
thatguyandrew - 9/14/2013, 12:31 PM
@LEVITIKUZ I'm not even a big fan of John Stewart, but THAT would be amazing. I'm on board.
HAILHYDRA - 9/14/2013, 12:31 PM
I also think Hal Jordan needs to be part of the MOS universe. Just not the Ryan Reynolds version.
KamenRiderJ - 9/14/2013, 12:32 PM
Screw Bat's!!

anthonyEstark - 9/14/2013, 12:33 PM
@LEVI I haven't seen The Wolverine yet, but I'm sure it's much better. Also, I want Idris Elba as John Stewart. Green Lantern shouldn't get another film yet, but Ryan Reynolds I suppose I could give another chance for JL or something.
charlie2094 - 9/14/2013, 12:35 PM
@Levi

I'd be on board for Stewart, but only for a sequel. All the things that have the potential to make Green Lantern a great series, and what makes the comic series so rich in the first place, stems from Hal Jordan. Maybe have Elba (or whatever actor) cameo in the first film, maybe second too, just as a regular person before later becoming a Green Lantern. Really not much reason to use Stewart as is, doesn't bring anywhere near as much to the table as Hal does.

For a first Justice League, need the classics. Bruce Wayne as Batman, Clark Kent as Superman, Hal Jordan as Green Lantern etc. Stewart's A Green Lantern for sure, but definitely not 'THE'
supermarioworldE - 9/14/2013, 12:39 PM
The potential has always been there for a good Green Lantern movie. As always it just needs a good script/cast/director.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 9/14/2013, 12:39 PM
Watching college football on ABC and there was a commercial for the debut for iron man 2 on the channel and a inside look at iron man 3 dvd/blu ray. They also are going to show a sneak peek at Thor: The Dark World. ABC and Disney know how to capitalize on success. Oh also a commercial for S.H.I.E.L.D. followed all of that. That's news that should be talked about. ;)
Dmon - 9/14/2013, 12:39 PM
Yeah I think Hal Jordan deserves another shot, I really blame the director of the last film for its failure.
charlie2094 - 9/14/2013, 12:40 PM
@BlackLantern

Definitely agree!

The whole Sinestro and Hal relationship that John's developed so well, is what made me such a huge fan of the series. To see their relationship central to a new series would be incredible and to have the Sinestro Corps War as the payoff would be fantastic, very action packed and emotional.

Could maybe have Hal overcome by Parallax, as a way of introducing the other human Lanterns. Have to imagine Stewart will be first in line, but I like all the human lanterns, even Baz
WaltWoodpeckerWay - 9/14/2013, 12:42 PM
If Ghost Rider gets another chance so should Green Lantern
TheRealRemyLebeau - 9/14/2013, 12:43 PM
Levitipuss your ideas are not new, but stolen from others. And The Amazing Spiderman book of complaining you did was ass. @AC1 crushed every coochie period complaint you had.
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