GREEN LANTERN EXCLUSIVE: Writer Marc Guggenheim on director Martin Campbell's Influence

As far as Green Lantern co-screenwriter Marc Guggenheim is concerned, the influence that director Martin Campbell had on the project was "huge," due largely to the fact that unlike Guggenheim and co-writers Greg Berlanti and Michael Green, Campbell was NOT a comic book fan.

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By EdGross - 6/14/2011
"We did two drafts of the script with Martin," says Guggenheim, "and I think a lot of what he brings to it is a visceral nature. He understands comic book movies because he did The Mask of Zorro, but he's not a comic book guy. And I say that in the best way, because between me, Greg and Michael there are enough comic book guys. We needed a director who was able to bring a different perspective, and what Martin brings is pure testosterone. He brings this testosterone infused adrenaline to the project, and a scope.

"Martin was a very quick study; he really immersed himself in Lantern lore and really understood it quickly. To the point where he was telling us about the comic book history," Guggenheim adds. "He was quoting members of the Green Lantern Corps from memory; really understanding it and pushing everyone to adopt a visual style that was very unique. I think the way Oa looks is a testament to the art department and the designer, but it started with Martin. For instance, he had some really bold ideas for the way Abin Sur's ship should look. I mean, when you see that ship in the movie you'll be pretty amazed at the cool design that you haven't seen in a movie before. That's because Martin was pushign eveyrone to reinvent the look of things so that it's something unique and original at every step, and that's what the movie needed to be. It's not enough to just combine a space opera with superheroes -- you've got to do it in a way that re-invents both genres, or at least contributes something new to them.

"Martin becomes a student of what he's directing,and he really did immerse himself in all things Green Lantern so that you get the best of both worlds -- you've got someone who is able to come to it with a perspective that meant he wasn't precious about the comic book-ness of it, but at the same time with a respect for the character and the medium, and a love for both."
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cman555 - 6/14/2011, 5:36 AM
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VictorHugo - 6/14/2011, 6:31 AM
and we all know that "radio sports shows" aren´t supposed to like anything else but sports, they are the jock stereotypes and comics are nerdy stuff.
CBMfan001 - 6/14/2011, 6:57 AM
i have great faith in him purely base on Zorro,golden eye and casino royale.all great films made in different tones to suit the lead actor and to be entertaining :)

that is why i have faith in this movie,the director martin campbell
BarneyStinson - 6/14/2011, 7:07 AM
How does being a sports fan null your opinion of a comic book movie? I'm a die hard hockey and baseball fan / player and I love comics and comic book movies.

Maybe it's just Romes opinion or maybe the movie just really is awful........ Regardless I already got my tickets and will be the first one lined up to see this movie.
KALel3412 - 6/14/2011, 7:17 AM
Jim Rome is such a tool, and hates on everything. I bet he doesn't even like his mother. His radio, and tv shows are boring and straight crap. I wouldn't take anything that comes out of his mouth serious
NoleLantern - 6/14/2011, 7:24 AM
Although there is a "review embargo" in place, there have been other opinions on this film that have been leaked, and they have been positive. I like Jim Rome a lot, but I am not swayed by his GL hate. GREEN LANTERN will have a lot of CGI, because there are a lot of aliens, and there are a lot of energy constructs from the ring. It HAS to have it. I can see that this won't be everybody's cup of green tea, but I expect to be blown away by a magnificent film.
profamagoole - 6/14/2011, 7:37 AM
@SuperArgo

Agree completely. Boom or bust all the way. I'm hoping boom but I just don't see it happening. I think Flash may have been a more fun, cheaper summer movie to start with for DC.
naterator - 6/14/2011, 9:48 AM
green lantern is going to own this summers ratings. im very excited to see what DC can spawn from this. it will have as much cgi as starwars had....
superdog - 6/14/2011, 9:57 AM
Martin campbell has never made a bad film IMO. casino royale was the best bond film ever as far as im concerned. with him directing, johns producing, and these guys writing i just dont see how it could be bad. but you never know it could be, but i think itll be great and ill be there opening day for sure.
thewolfx - 6/14/2011, 10:49 AM
@intruder

im pretty sure if he said the amazing spiderman looked like a red and blue figure skater pile of shit

im sure you would have a bitch fit


please leave your fanboyism.
luckylu - 6/14/2011, 11:24 AM
a jock didnt like a comic book movie?!?!?! not surprising....
sonofsamadams - 6/14/2011, 12:03 PM
@intruder

Oh i forgot. Everyone else's opinion doesnt matter in your eyes. If it was up to you we'd be a communist country- thinking all alike under your bitch ass. If feel sorry for your 'fiance' if she even exists...
GreenLanternMike - 6/14/2011, 12:24 PM
God please let this movie be good, I have been waiting for years for this. P.S my first post!
jf11mm - 6/14/2011, 2:45 PM
@SuperArgo, Intruder when did sports talk get paid to become movie critics.He is a moron anyway. Do you even understand anything about the charter. There has to be some cgi to bring there charter to life hello.You guys sounds like marvel fans, are you worried it might be a hit.

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