Martin Campbell Talks About Green Lantern and the Superhero Movie Craze

Martin Campbell Talks About <i>Green Lantern</i> 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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Hawksblueyes - 6/15/2010, 8:03 AM
"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."

Thats the first statement I've heard about this film that I'm not sure I like.

Great article Multi. You have Jame Bond In the teaser, you forgot the S.:)
Hawksblueyes - 6/15/2010, 8:06 AM
That dirty bastitch!
ThaMessenger07 - 6/15/2010, 8:08 AM
Hmm that make me feel a little uneasy...........but I still am optimistic over the GL film
superdog - 6/15/2010, 8:11 AM
as long as campbell does half as good a job as he did on casino royale the movie will be great
claybo4131 - 6/15/2010, 8:16 AM
The only thing that keeps this from being close to better than THor is cause Blake Lively is in it.
MassExecutions - 6/15/2010, 8:16 AM
He must have meant, never say never AGAIN with regard to the Bond series. Also, one reason superhero movies are on a role is because effects final caught up with them.

If Green Lantern is good Marvel needs to steal this guy away and get him to do Nick Fury/Shield. Say... he kinda looks like 616 Nick Fury.
StevilNYC - 6/15/2010, 8:32 AM
When Hollywood has turned all our favorite comics into movies and reboots, the next big thing will be the live action anime movie. Akira will probably be the first "Blade" for that genre.
StevilNYC - 6/15/2010, 8:32 AM
In the year 2000...
Shaman - 6/15/2010, 8:35 AM
"I'd never done a superhero movie before."

Well if Batman counts as a Superhero, Zorro does too ;) And what an awesome superhero film that was! One of my faves for sure!

StevilNYC- Either Akira or Batle Angel.


ThaMessenger07 - 6/15/2010, 8:35 AM
@ StevilNYC: There is a live action Akira movie slated to come out 2013. It's a Universal production and so far Leonardo D is tied to it with nothing set in stone.
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 8:35 AM
Am I the only one mortified by this statement:
"..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."


Shaman - 6/15/2010, 8:43 AM
McLovin- Yeah, that made my neck hair stand on end. But i'm hoping that the ol' senile director was just talkin' smack.
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 8:45 AM
yo tea, quick question. What are your thoughts on the USA vs Eng match?
MassExecutions - 6/15/2010, 8:45 AM
Well, yeah, of course its the money. BESIDES the money is what I meant. There has always been a cash cow there, but now its easier to milk due to decent effects.
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 8:47 AM
@Shaman - DUDE! Is he trying to give us a heart attack? WTF? No CBG wants to hear the sentence "Never made a comic book movie before" and "very different from the comic book" coming out of a director's mouth! WTF???!!!
Angelus - 6/15/2010, 8:47 AM
This WILL be good. It must be.

Beware my power!
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 8:50 AM
@ Mass - yeah dude, Hollywood is only interested in milking away

claybo4131 - 6/15/2010, 8:53 AM
Sounds like GL fans are getting worried, to me it seems Marvel is on the ball more than DC. I worry how this one will turn out.

@mclovin that photo ranks up there with The Human Centipede
Upupandaway - 6/15/2010, 8:56 AM
Did they replace Grif? I'm not that worried about the "very different from the comic book" statement as there are a few versions of GL's origin and that they're including many of the weirder looking aliens in the GL Corps. Campbell can put out good stuff.

@MassExecutions- Also, there's not that much script development needed because many of the story elements are already there.
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 8:59 AM
@ Claybo - the human what?

@ IJohn - I sure hope you're right bud.

@ SirPrize - it ain't no fun, if the hommies can't have none ;-)
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 9:09 AM
@ SirP - I thought she might have been from Chernobyl ...
BmanHall - 6/15/2010, 9:15 AM
"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."

WTF...? That's not different at all. You're doing the same exact thing everyone has been doing to our comic book movies. Butchering them! If I wanted to see your shit I'd follow you into the bathroom and watch you drop trou. We don't give a [frick] about your original story. We want to see the COMIC BOOK'S STORY you [frick]ing twat!

I really hope I'm wrong, but this starting to sound bad.
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 9:28 AM
@ tea - I went to an English pub to watch it. I think that was the worst performance I've seen in some time. Btw,
have they revoked Robert Green's passport yet? He should be banned by the Queen from ever stepping foot on English soil.

@ Bman - exactly
Casinoskunk - 6/15/2010, 9:34 AM
"Campbell: I think so. You learn by degrees. You know, when I first took on the job, I did it because I’d never done a superhero movie before and secondly he’s just…he’s a psychological character. His powers are psychological. They’re to do with will and the enemy is fear and so on and so forth, as opposed to Superman who sort of runs into a phone box, gets the old spandex on and off he goes. So he’s a much more complex character and also again, it’s the origin story, which again is the Carol Ferris character, Carl Ferris. There’s Sinestro, Kilowog, Tomar-Re. All these characters and all who appear in the movie. So it’s such a kind of eclectic range of characters and also it’s the only superhero to go to another planet, so you’re creating at least another world that…and none of them do."

marvel72 - 6/15/2010, 9:43 AM
i just wish one day that all the popular comic franchises such batman,x-men,spider-man,wolverine,green lantern,deadpool & the ones i haven't mentioned,be as popular as the james bond films what is bond on now,bond 23 just imagine saying batman 23 or x-men 23.

they've got the stories.
claybo4131 - 6/15/2010, 9:46 AM
Notice how there havent been many Blake Lively photos, I wonder why, maybe to disguise her bad hair dye job

@mclovin Its a movie called The Human Centipede, very disturbing and that was just from the trailer

And I was watching the US-England game in Victory Plaza, and it was packed.
Shaman - 6/15/2010, 9:58 AM
Casinoskunk- He most certainly was.

Did anyone else just whack off to McLovin's four tittied woman getting milked? I don't know about you guys but that just did it for me there.
Suffertree - 6/15/2010, 9:59 AM
It's obviously his first CBM...I don't want an original story that isn't from the comic books.oqjkenvbnmaldptucbcmnsererthvnbmxza

But I did freakin' love Casino Royale. Maybe he can make it kinda decent.
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 10:02 AM
@ claybo - oh yeah! It's a foreign flick right? My friend watched it and she said she will be traumatized for life! She's actually a hard core chick who likes punk rock music and horror flicks and she was absolutely mortified by it.

@ Shaman - LOL!!! You're welcome ;-)
Ranger14 - 6/15/2010, 10:08 AM
Upupandaway@ Really! Who stole grif and replaced him with someone that has positive things to say? :P

Yeah the one line has me nervous as well. I hope that InterestingJohn is correct in his perspective on it.
claybo4131 - 6/15/2010, 10:10 AM
Is it me or is DC behind Marvel by 5-10 years (to quote Tony Stark)?

@mclovin Yeah it is I got mortified by just watching the trailer, even the Movie Buzz guy got mortified by it and he really doesnt, its literally disgusting, watch the trailer at your own risk

@shaman No I didnt do that, I dont need to
MatchesMalone - 6/15/2010, 10:14 AM
@Suffertree-Did your cat walk across your keyboard or something? ;)
McLovin - 6/15/2010, 10:17 AM
@ claybo - thanks for the warning bud. Btw, it's not just you. Considering that DC has had a very nice head start (1978), they are probably 15 yrs behind now. In the next 3 yrs We are looking at the following from Marvel: Thor, Cap, Reboot of Spidey, a X-men prequel, Wolverine Sequel, Avangers and Iron-Man 3. What's DC doing? GL, Batman 3, Superman reboot and ??? God only knows if they will get a Flash movie out.
claybo4131 - 6/15/2010, 10:20 AM
@mclovin That spidey reboot I wont see its epic fail.

Yeah DC had a great head start in 78, 80, then tailed off with the other Superman movies, then Batman in 89, 92, 95, then wrecked it in 97, but all they ever did was Batman and Superman, Marvel keeps rolling them out.
Marvelous1 - 6/15/2010, 10:34 AM
this could be very good or very bad..hal jordan is iconic..but just like everybody else, i wanna see that suit in full actually kinda glad its not gettin too overhyped right now.
Shaman - 6/15/2010, 10:39 AM
claybo4131- I was just milkin' it ;)
Hawksblueyes - 6/15/2010, 10:40 AM
At this rate I don't believe DC will ever catch up with Marvel.

MassExecutions - 6/15/2010, 10:41 AM
you just never know what a turn of phrase is going to lead to around here.
InTylerWeTrust - 6/15/2010, 11:23 AM
I think some people need to chill out a bit and not condemn the guy for saying he's never directed a CBM before and the whole original story bit.

One, who cares if he says he's never directed one? He hasn't. Neither did Jon Favreau or Nolan before they took on Iron Man and Batman.

Two, creating an "original" story for a CBM isn't a sin. We can't judge it this early on. As long as it is a maintains the overall spirit and essence of the characters/stories, we shouldn't lose sleep over it not being an exact extraction from the comics. So far, the plot summary sounds good and fairly faithful, aside from the Parallax thing. But again, I think it's too early to judge and I don't know how they're going to piece Parallax, etc. all in together. We just need to chill.
claybo4131 - 6/15/2010, 11:59 AM
I dont think Justice League will ever happen really. Marvel had a game plan and has executed it, DC is trying to play carbon copy but cant quite do it, and I dont believe Christian Bale would do it IMO
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