Editorial: Should Warner Brothers Reboot GREEN LANTERN, Or Just Give It A Sequel?

Editorial: Should Warner Brothers Reboot GREEN LANTERN, Or Just Give It A Sequel?

With the news that came about earlier this month that Warner Brother is trying get a Justice League movie off the ground some rumors started circulating that they might reboot Green Lantern. Click here for my take on whether I think DC should reboot or just do a sequel.

The Green Lantern movie; just talking about it gets some of us fanboys (and girls) in such a rage that we can barely see straight. The movie had its flaws, that much is for certain, but what I also saw in the film was potential. Warner Brothers is shifting in to overdrive trying to get a Justice League movie off the ground, and there have been some rumblings that they are thinking about rebooting Green Lantern since it performed so poorly. To me this is the wrong choice for WB/DC. Continue reading for a few of my thoughts on why they should stick with the Green Lantern they have already established as opposed to rebooting the franchise altogether.

Ryan Reynolds wasn’t a bad Hal Jordan.

I have seen people on both sides of the fence about this, but in my honest opinion Ryan Reynolds was not a bad choice for the role of Hal Jordan. There were moments in the film that got me excited because he embodied what I thought Hal should be on the big screen. What Reynolds lacked in the movie was proper direction. There were times when he ceased to be Hal Jordan and was just……himself. That is where Martian Campbell needed to step in and tell him, “Try it again, only not so much like….you.” With Reynolds you save the hassle of going through the casting process again, and have a familiar face for the audience in a Justice League movie.

There is an awesome villain set up for a sequel.

Part of what bothered me most about Green Lantern was that Parallax and Hector Hammond were both just terribly portrayed. Hammond was a creepy weirdo that seemed to scream more than he talked and with Parallax there is just too much wrong to go into detail. What they do have though, is Mark Strong as Sinestro. Strong gave a brilliant performance in the film as the pink skinned alien from Korugar, and they should capitalize on that in the next film. In the end credits scene we were treated with Sinestro being curious as to what the Yellow Power has to offer and slipping the ring on. He also seems to have been taken over by the Yellow power, leading us to believe that he has no intentions of taking it off. This is what Green Lantern fans want to see, a battle between Hal and his greatest rival, the Yellow Ring powered Sinestro. With a reboot we would have wait even longer to see these two square off.

The major flaws can be fixed.

The major flaws in the first film were the writing and editing. The story just didn’t make sense at times. Throw on top of that the terrible way the film was pieced together and you are in store for one big head ache. For writing the next film, get someone that understands the character and what he is about. Geoff Johns was a special producer on the first film and needed to step in and tell them what was wrong with the script. He knows the character inside and out and just seemed like he didn’t want to step on any toes. Another flaw of the film was directing. Like I said earlier the problems with Reynolds could have been fixed if Campbell would have stepped up to the plate and gave him some proper direction. In his defense the scenes on Oa were great; there just weren’t nearly enough of them.

These are just a few of the ideas I had on this specific topic (unfortunately I don’t think if they go this way they will recast Blake Lively). What I am curious about though, is what do you the readers feel should be done. If you disagree leave me a little blurb in the boxes below and tell me either what you would do differently with a sequel, or whether you think rebooting is the way to go. Either way here is hoping that whether they give us a sequel or reboot it, they do it the proper way that will wash the taste of the previous film out of our mouths.

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PaulRom - 6/27/2012, 2:09 PM
Good write up WayWay. Totally agree (particlarly about Reynolds and Sinestro). You make some very good points.
nitrorn - 6/27/2012, 2:12 PM
Give it a chance with a sequel. It still has potential to be great!
ISleepNow - 6/27/2012, 2:12 PM
Do just like The Wolverine, partial re-boot
Anthrax - 6/27/2012, 2:14 PM
yeah a sequel would be good but they woul dhave to do alot in order to make this good no retard with bug head screaming as if he were a mentally challenged baby who wants breast milk
Himura - 6/27/2012, 2:15 PM
Do what the Incredible Hulk did. Worked well for that franchise.
AnditsOn1 - 6/27/2012, 2:15 PM
No reboot, a sequel!
Xeriath - 6/27/2012, 2:15 PM
There are way too many reboots in Hollywood it's a trend that's gotten very annoying. I say give it one more shot with a sequel. Keep Reynolds, can Campbell and get some solid writers who really know the character.
FrankLeeGitnit - 6/27/2012, 2:15 PM
@IM53 Excellent point...
JatevinM - 6/27/2012, 2:16 PM
I say reboot it with a sequel and a better writer and director. Reynolds wasn't a bad Hal Jordan the writing just needed to b better.
Anthrax - 6/27/2012, 2:16 PM
i double dare watch this and do not laugh you will lose evry time
Minato - 6/27/2012, 2:16 PM
The Problem is RR was bad. I cant picture him being a respectable Hero. RR was not the worst part of the movie though, It was the writing, Directing and limited imagination of WB.
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 6/27/2012, 2:17 PM
they should just sequel it ... if people say the spidey reboot is too soon, imagine how people will react to this lol
JerseyJoker - 6/27/2012, 2:18 PM
Martian Campbell needed to step in and tell him, “Try it again, only not so much like….you.”

You'd be a horrible director.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/27/2012, 2:18 PM
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 6/27/2012, 2:19 PM
@anthrax ... i didnt laugh
RorMachine - 6/27/2012, 2:19 PM
Agree. RR was a decent (not great though) Hal he was just hindered by a woeful script and some [frick]ing ludicrous decisions in the edit. New writers, new director, new direction - I'd give a sequel a chance.
HarrisonBergeron - 6/27/2012, 2:19 PM
Do a partial reboot like the GI Joe movie, ditch the commercial nonsense, stupid costumes, and stuff no one liked, keep what's left. It is salvageable.
Darkknight2149 - 6/27/2012, 2:19 PM
Agree. I did a poll on this on this at the fansite dcmarvelrelatedfilms. Those who agree should vote.
Optimus83 - 6/27/2012, 2:20 PM
a sequel I think the most logical choice, although the film was not of my liking, but there is still much material with which Green Lantern can make a good story, and more with Sinestro and Sinestro Corps as main villains of the film, while taking advantage of linking it to the Flash movie and then make the Justice League. ...

I would give a second chance for a sequel, a story only if they offer up to The Dark Knight to amend the mistakes of the first

because they choose the Reboot immediately

una secuela me parece la opción más lógica, a pesar de que la película no fue de todo mi agrado, sin embargo todavía hay mucho material de Green Lantern con el cual se puede hacer una buena historia, y más con Sinestro y Sinestro Corps como los villanos principales de la película, además de aprovechar de enlazarla con la película de Flash para después hacer la Justice League. ...

yo le daría una segunda oportunidad a una secuela, solo si ofrecen una historia a la altura de The Dark Knight para enmendar los errores de la primera

porque sino que opten por el Reboot de inmediato
dopemaster - 6/27/2012, 2:20 PM
AlexdoxA - 6/27/2012, 2:20 PM
I was not a fan of Reynolds as Jordan... but I could live with it... unlike Lively's character and Campbell's direction. They really should go
SuperSomething616 - 6/27/2012, 2:20 PM
Exactly what i was thinking...they cannot and should not reboot so damn soon after the first outing...if they do they are simply exposing themselves as the tight arsed money grabbing corporate studio that people don't like...

Yes granted Sony have rebooted Spider-man only a certain amount of years after the Raimi films but lest we forget there were 3 films that predated the reboot and the studio had already made it's money...so it's clear the reboot was chosen to rejuvenate the franchise and take it in a new direction so it didn't grow stale...(and also so they wouldn't lose the rights)

If they reboot they might as well give a giant middle finger to all the fans and movie goers out there...

Get this right and it could and can be the perfect way to kick of the larger DC movie universe because with Green Lantern you've already established there are aliens in the universe so it is not difficult to explain other species like kryptonians, martians, thanagaarians etc. etc.

WB need to take a serious look at their character prospects...because they are sitting on a literal gold mine!!! All they need is the right B rated DC character movie to kick start it all...(Superman and Batman are already well established)

This is exactly how Marvel Studios started their dominance with Iron Man...all i'll say is WB swallow your pride and learn your sodding lesson!!!

Good article!!! Well said ;)
ironknight - 6/27/2012, 2:22 PM
Keep Reynolds. Lose Campbell.
shiverman20 - 6/27/2012, 2:22 PM
They should have made it all about Hal and Sinestro and left out Hector Hammond/Parallax... I'd be all in for another shot at getting this right as a sequel. And Oa was done pretty damn well, as well as the rest of the Corps, shame they didn't play a part later in the movie.

If it hasn't been clear for the past 5 or 6 years, surely it's clear now that people will actually clamour for a really well made comic book movie, so hopefully DC will now be more conscious of that and stop releasing sloppy let downs
Anthrax - 6/27/2012, 2:22 PM
@spidermoe da [frick] i crack up everytime i see him kicked by hal thats the only thing worth watching about this movie but yeah once again i beleive it can be done right with ryan reynolds hope we can get news on deadpool soon
JABBAtheAmerican - 6/27/2012, 2:23 PM
Stewart all the way for the 2nd film, have sinestro kill or banish Jordan and have John Stewart become the new green lantern of Earth
JDUKE25 - 6/27/2012, 2:25 PM
Reynolds was sh**.
Parallax and Hector were flat out dumb.
Sinestro was great.
Director was crap.

Move on with the sequel, and replace Reynolds and Campbell.

Not many watched the first origin story. Why would people want to watch it again?

Sequel with the Sinestro Corps would be amazing if done right and would make at least $350-450 million I would think. They just gotta market Green Lantern more and shed more "light" on the character to get him known more. AND MAKE THE MOVIE 90% AWAY FROM EARTH.
TheGodOfMischief - 6/27/2012, 2:26 PM
What im looking for in a GL movie is Star Wars meets Training Day.I love GL which is why I think we need a reboot. I wanted to see more Hal and Sinestro.Just do make a live action First Flight and All Will Be Well!
CaptainDC - 6/27/2012, 2:26 PM
Great article! Loved the first, and i hope they make a sequel
joe384 - 6/27/2012, 2:26 PM
If the studios gave a sequel/reboot with a different actor but same storie for the Hulk, than of course it can be done with Green Lantern. Plus they made sequels to Fantastic Four, Hellboy, and Ghost Rider, why on earth would we think a sequel would not happen. My only issue is now that Ryan Reynolds has signed on to be the new Highlander, would he want to come back for another shot at playing Hal. I think the only way a sequel will not happen is if, Ryan, and Mark do not return. Than were looking at a reboot, but after the JLA movie.
Knightrider - 6/27/2012, 2:26 PM
Reboot, but in the way The Incredible Hulk did it. No origin, and start maybe half through the Sinestro Corps war, then go back to how it all started.
JDUKE25 - 6/27/2012, 2:27 PM
And yeah, introduce John Stewart in the sequel and have him in the Justice League movie.
Superheromoviefan - 6/27/2012, 2:27 PM
Yes, if ghost ridert and transformers get sequel than this movie deserve one
Gigacrusher45 - 6/27/2012, 2:28 PM
Very good article and totally agree. Keep the same continuity and just fix the problems in the sequel. It already took WB and Dc long enough to make a Green Lantern movie let alone someone who wasn't Superman or Batman so they should stick with what they already have established just make it better.
Knightrider - 6/27/2012, 2:29 PM
@Jduke25 Exactly I remember watching the first 10mins of GL thinking amazing, then the Earth stuff I was like "This is awful" then we were on Oa, which was great, then Earth again...Pants.

He never once looked at the other planets in his sector, the relationship between Sinestro and Hal was never explored how he was his mentor, it should have been like Obi Wan and Anakin, but only better and without the terrible acting or lucas CGI.
CeltiC527 - 6/27/2012, 2:29 PM
Sequel! Nuff said...
JDUKE25 - 6/27/2012, 2:29 PM
As for the suit...I thought it was alright. I wouldn't mind seeing a real suit for the actor to wear instead of the CG one though.
Anthrax - 6/27/2012, 2:29 PM
@wesley i remember the theatre i went to was empty i was with a friend when he started screaming i lost it i was drinking soda so it was good nobody was around or else i would have gotten kicked out
raygonzales4 - 6/27/2012, 2:31 PM
Reynolds was OK, but I agree he needed better direction. The sequel needs a better script. You could introduce another Lantern, but Hal Jordan needs to be the focus. DC/WB need to let those that know the character so well write the script. Geoff Johna, or at least Bruce Timm need to be more invloved.
Knightrider - 6/27/2012, 2:31 PM
Sadly I think they need to replace the actors, as the first has left a bad taste in peoples mouths, and they can't associate with the first film anyway, despite Mark Strong being awesome.

I would even go as far to call the sequel something along the lines of "Emerald Knights: The Green Lantern Saga / The Sinestro Wars"
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