Martin Campbell Talks About Green Lantern and the Superhero Movie Craze
In a brief interview, the popular director discusses what attracted him to helm Green Lantern, why comic book movies have become hot commodities and his future with James Bond
News from the Green Lantern movie set has been at an all-time low this past month; most likely due to the continuously leaked set pictures and film details that have been hitting the net since mid-March. Green Lantern fans need not worry, though; with San Diego Comic Con around the corner, it's only a matter of time before a plethora of official media reaches our eyes and ears. Until then, we'll have to make due with the tidbits of information that get disseminated.
In a recent interview with the Hindustan Times, the film's director, Martin Campbell, discussed his attraction to Green Lantern, why it's different to other superhero films and his feeling that the Hollywood comic book movie obsession is merely a coincidence:
How different [is theGreen Lantern film] from the comic book series?
"..I'd never done a superhero movie before. His powers are psychological. They're to do with 'will' and the enemy is the 'fear', as opposed to Superman who sort of runs into a phone box, gets the old spandex on and off he goes.
"This is going to be different from other comic book series because we have made a very different and an original story out of the character rather than just taking it from the comic book."
Do you think Hollywood is on a comic book adaptation spree?
"Yes, a lot of people are making superhero movies, but I'm very excited about my first superhero movie. If I am not wrong, superhero movies have always had a wide audience. Maybe it's just a coincidence that a lot of these movies are being made at the same time."
Campbell also directed two successful, and separate, re-launches of the James Bond movie series; GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan, and Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig. Fans of the long-running film series shouldn't hold their breath that Campbell will return for another one, though:
"First of all it was a delight to work on both the Bond movies and quite an experience to work with both Pierce and Daniel. As of now I have no plan to direct a Bond film. I think I am done with it for now. But then never say never, one doesn't know what one does in future."
While the next James Bond movie installment seems to be locked in developmental hell, Green Lantern is already 2/3 through their production schedule and has a tentative theatrical release date of June 17th, 2011.
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