EXCLUSIVE: Greg Berlanti's Storyboard Pitch For GREEN LANTERN

<font color=red>EXCLUSIVE:</font> Greg Berlanti's Storyboard Pitch For GREEN LANTERN

Conceptual illustrator and storyboard artist, Tim Burgard, sent me a sample of Green Lantern storyboards that were used by Greg Berlanti that helped him land the directing gig. He would later be replaced by Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale"). Hit the jump to check them out.

Back in 2007, Greg Berlanti (creator of "Everwood"), signed on to co-write and direct a live-action version of Green Lantern for Warner Bros., but reports state that he stepped down and was replaced by Martin Campbell ("Goldeneye"). In 2010, Berlanti explained to LA Times' Hero Complex how he initially ended up in the director's chair for WB's Green Lantern.

"I used my TV experience to try to develop multiple stories for it. I worked with an artist, and we drew out 20 or 30 images. I went in and pitched Warner Bros. and said, “This is what I think the three movies could be.” In my mind, Green Lantern was always the thing that succeeded the most at mythology. There was this whole space-opera element. There were all these additional characters, the guardians of the universe who the Green Lantern Corps sort of work for. … It seemed to me that this character was an avenue, in a way, of getting to those other stories and characters. As a storyteller, there was a wealth of opportunities. I tried to winnow it down to as cohesive a story as possible and went in and told it to them, and they were incredibly responsive. Greg Silverman, who was my executive on the movie there at the time, sent me off without an outline or anything. He was willing to take a shot on someone who hadn’t done this kind of feature before. I enlisted the help of two of my friends whom I’d worked with a bunch in TV who were also big comic-book fans [Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green] so we could generate the script even faster and use some of our television methodology in terms of generating something they could see the value in."

That artist Berlanti mentions above is none other than, Tim Burgard. Tim was kind enough to send comicbookmovie.com those very images Berlanti used for his pitch with Warner Bros..

Storyboards Created by Tim Burgard

How different would've things have turned out if Berlanti directed instead of Martin Campbell? Nobody knows. In the end, Berlanti did earn a writing and producing credit on the film, so some of his ideas, I assume, made it into the film.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax...he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

GREEN LANTERN was directed by Martin Campbell, from a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael J. Green, and Michael Goldenberg. The film starred: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi, Temuera Morrison, and Angela Bassett.

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TonyChu - 2/6/2013, 2:09 PM
I would love to see JJ Abrams direct a Green Lantern movie but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
InfiniteMonkey - 2/6/2013, 2:11 PM
Don't know the full story here about the director change but, I wish we could see Martin Campbell's pitch after they opted not to let Tim Burgard do it.

In hindsight clearly a James Bond director does not make a good Green Lantern one.

Pity that...might have been different.
Kong - 2/6/2013, 2:12 PM
This seems like it would be cool
TonyChu - 2/6/2013, 2:12 PM
@HeroicHughes I agree Reynolds should get another go at the character. Like I said it was the bad script, editing, visuals, and direction that made the movie bad.
xXkryptoniteXx - 2/6/2013, 2:12 PM
I think the movie did great for its special effects and the costume for green lantern was great for a live action film. The only thing that sucked was it wasn't as serious tone as it could have been. The story sucked so bad and it was set in earth rather than in spaces. So many potential but the director was not the perfect choice. He could have done green arrow better but for a green lantern he picked the wrong character with green in his name.
CaptainObvious - 2/6/2013, 2:12 PM
Here is the link to the original script:
Howardad - 2/6/2013, 2:15 PM
The only part of the movie that really sucked was Ryan Reynolds!!!!
Jollem - 2/6/2013, 2:17 PM
clean and quality storyboard work
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/6/2013, 2:19 PM
Reboot this shit movie. I wanted a space epic. Got nothing but cheesy dialogue, terrible cgi, Oa looked like the most boring planet of all time, shit action, shit story, shit characters, shit constructs, etc.
TonyChu - 2/6/2013, 2:19 PM
@LEVITIKUZ In the instance that they were going to reboot with another actor, I would not mind seeing Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, or Jensen Ackeles as Hal Jordan.
hush - 2/6/2013, 2:23 PM
Ryan Reynolds truly sucked. I think TonyChu has thrown a few names out that are better choices.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/6/2013, 2:24 PM
Reynolds does not deserve a second change because that means there would have to be a sequel to this piece of shit. I don't want a sequel to it, I want a new epic green lantern movie. Even if they made a second one that was good, you can't put a cherry on poop and say that everything's better now.
Don't want to sound so harsh but Green Lantern has so much brilliant lore to his comics and such an expanded sci fi story world and the fans didn't even get 1/8 of what they deserved. Get the writers from Mass Effect to write a story, script. Have JJ Abrams direct - ultimate Green Lantern movie.
kevberg - 2/6/2013, 2:25 PM
I Like Ryan Reynolds but i honestly think Adrian Pasdar should be Hal. He looks just like him and is a solid actor.
TonyChu - 2/6/2013, 2:25 PM
I like the idea of Idris Elba, Columbus Short, or the guy from Arrow as John Stewart.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/6/2013, 2:26 PM
second chance*
Zordan - 2/6/2013, 2:29 PM
RR should be back and I like the CGI suit.
TonyChu - 2/6/2013, 2:30 PM
Basically pull a Incredible Hulk like what Marvel did with the Ang Lee Hulk and the Ed Norton one.
Tony93 - 2/6/2013, 2:32 PM
I say keep him, saves time and money, but if they do recast...

Idris Elba = John Stewart

Tony93 - 2/6/2013, 2:35 PM
If you think about it,

Iron Man = Man of Steel

The Incredible Hulk = Green Lantern Sequel

So if they continue and just make a good flash and wonder woman film, thats all they will need. Hopefully better than how Cap and Thor were, they werent bad but werent great at all...

DarkGrifter - 2/6/2013, 2:39 PM
Get someone who actually wants to play Hal Jordan. In a lot of interviews you can tell he's just not interested in reprising his role, especially after all the reviews came out. At this point he would probably rather distance himself from the film as much as possible.
DRMidNite - 2/6/2013, 2:41 PM
This movie shite...on so MANY levels.
Jollem - 2/6/2013, 2:41 PM
"I don't know why so many of you defend Ryan Reynolds, he played Hal as himself, Ryan Reynolds, and not as the character, Hal Jordan."

and it's the exact same for robert downey junior/iron man
CavEl - 2/6/2013, 2:43 PM
Gusto's favorite superhero character is so lame...

Jollem - 2/6/2013, 2:45 PM
Jollem - 2/6/2013, 2:47 PM
Paragon79 - 2/6/2013, 2:51 PM
Ryan Reynolds deserve no second chance. The next Hal Jordon should be Ryan Gosling.
Super12 - 2/6/2013, 2:53 PM
Everyone's gonna hate on RR cause its the cool thing to do. However he is not the problem with that movie. Give it a good script and better directing and keep the cast and you can have an epic film on your hands. You know what, I'm gonna go back and watch it again. The more I do the better it gets.
McGribble - 2/6/2013, 2:54 PM
My only problem with the way he looked in the movie was the mask. For the life of me I can not figure out why they changed the shape so much. it looked really odd...
PapaEmeritus - 2/6/2013, 2:58 PM
@nail, RR plays himself in every goddamn movie!
superbigguy32 - 2/6/2013, 3:02 PM
I actually like the CGI costume. It makes sense that the suit is a construct. And I liked Ryan Reynolds for Hal Jordan. Yes the movie and the writing could've been better. But the movie is still okay, IT'S WASN'T TERRIBLE! But if they would recast for Hal Jordan I always thought Eddie Cibrian would be a good choice.
schneider625 - 2/6/2013, 3:05 PM
Why do people still think RR deserves a second run? If they make JL he will be too old.
DumbledoreCalrissian - 2/6/2013, 3:05 PM
They should go a new route with the suit in any future movie appearances.
silverdog - 2/6/2013, 3:07 PM
Reynolds deserves a "second chance" in comic book movies as much as halle berry or brandon routh. dont know why people call him "fan favorite", cause other than being in the worst blade movie, the worst x-men movie and ruining hannibal king, deadpool and hal jordan (and early reviews report R.I.P.D as another train wreck)he hasn't done anything to win the title.
Fortress - 2/6/2013, 3:21 PM
Ryan has to be one of the worst actors I have seen!! Every single film I have seen him in he plays himself!! Always making a joke of his character he is playing!! Shocking acting!!
Shadowelfz - 2/6/2013, 3:24 PM
That's a shame because Martin Campbell really [frick]ed up. Still an entertaining film, though.
thespiderkat - 2/6/2013, 3:26 PM
more ryan reynolds? please... he makes keanu reeves and kristen stweart look like award-winning method actors.
MyInnerDork - 2/6/2013, 3:35 PM
Classic example of Warner Bros. picking the wrong director and story. DC movies will always be held back by Warner executives with Batman being the exception now.
cmax - 2/6/2013, 3:50 PM
I better suit wouldn't have saved this movie. It was written bad. They tried to do too much, and the story they wanted to tell depended on sequels to tell it.

It could have been done so much better.
kemuael - 2/6/2013, 4:00 PM
ill take the reboot,a side of this story board,hold the reynolds :-D
emeraldtaurus - 2/6/2013, 4:04 PM
cons: badly paced, badly edited, inconsistencies with story line, the cgi was awful, cgi suit badly designed, cgi mask was hilarious - not in a good way, half assed ending , the lantern corp& guardians looked like video game characters, script was dodgy...........the list goes on!

pros: Ryan Reynolds talented acting, Mark Strong superb casting/ acting , Blake Lively looked sexy as hell.

conclusion: GL had all the makings of a classic but, for reasons unknown, ended up a disaster!
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