Sitting Down With Pasto: How DC Should Handle A New GREEN LANTERN film

Sitting Down With Pasto: How DC Should Handle A New GREEN LANTERN film

We saw the Green Lantern film of this century, and it was down right depressing. Now, we need to have faith that we can see a GOOD one from Warner Bros. and DC. Hit the jump for my ideas on how that can happen.

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By Pasto - 1/27/2014
In 2010, we heard news of a Green Lantern film. So MANY of us were excited for it. We had faith and hope that it would be one of the greatest films ever. But, we were wrong. I remember reading an interview that someone had with the director. He was saying how when he edited the dilm he had a meter that would tell him if something was cheesy or not. Well, I guess the meter was broken cause the entire film was a mess of fake plastic nacho cheese. So now, I get to throw my hat in the ring. I get to give some of MY ideas (Particularly two), on how they should handle the film. Now.....prepare your mind.


The Story-line


I recently re-read the famous Green Lantern story 'Secret Origin'. It is easily one of the my best and classic editions to the story of one, Hal Jordan. In the story, it basically give's you the rundown oh how Hal received the ring, and, it intro's not only the LEADER of 'The Red Lanterns' Atrocitus, but one Doctor Hector Hammond. So for the Green Lantern film I think they should do, the just need to use this story-line. Introduce The Red King, introduce The Big Head, introduce all these characters that they can use in the future. If they do this, they can expand the DC universe seven-fold. It can be larger and more exuberant.


The Director


For this film, I want a director that has handled a war based piece of cinema. Because when you think about it, The Green Lantern Corp handles itself like the Marines or the Navy. So I want the film to almost be handled in the manner to that of 'Saving Private Ryan' with a mixture of horror and comedy (Because Hal is a wise-crack). I want it to be gritty and dramatic as well. After all, the DCCU has been set-up as a darker more gritty universe in comparison to the Marvel Universe (Not that I'm throwing a jab at Marvel). So the director I personally think could handle this project, is Steven Allan Spielberg. *Gasp* Did I pick him? Yes...yes I did, and here's why. These are just a few of the films he has ever directed:

Close Encounters of The Third kind
1941
Saving Private Ryan
War of The Worlds


Those films are perfect. He can handle comedy, drama, sci-fi, action and horror. He is perfect for directing a film about a man given a green ring and tasked with fighting horrific looking aliens, and he can add a touch of comedy. Spielberg can embody all of that and more.


So those are just a few of my ideas for the film. As always, sound of in the usual spot below.

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GliderMan - 1/27/2014, 8:21 AM
Just don't reboot it. Continue the story of the first one, using different actors where need be.
Spidey5194 - 1/27/2014, 8:25 AM
I doubt they're going to use Hector Hammond in any capacity again.
Timestampede - 1/27/2014, 8:34 AM
@GliderMan
I agree!

Josh Duhamel for Hal!
Timestampede - 1/27/2014, 8:35 AM
And while I think Mark Strong would be great a Sinestro again, Ralph Fiennes could always take his place. Great actors, the both of them!
TheGoddamnPeel - 1/27/2014, 8:45 AM
Don't necessarily completely reboot from the first film; introduce a new human Green Lantern after Batman vs Superman, have them be called on as a Lantern after the GL Corps is almost destroyed by a war involving _____ and Sinestro. Make references to Reynolds' Hal Jordan as a Lantern who fell to the entity of fear (Don't explicitly say he died, so his return could be done if fans wanted it so much), which helped lead to the GL Corps' downfall. Then, pick from Stewart, Rayner or Guy Gardener, and do a Lantern movie with them.

I also doubt they'll do Hector Hammond again; they may pull an Avengers Hulk where they reboot the Hal Jordan character and make references to his origin, without referencing the actor or exact story of the previous one.
Timestampede - 1/27/2014, 9:06 AM
And War of the Worlds....wasn't awful, but wasn't perfect.
Timestampede - 1/27/2014, 9:18 AM
AND I am not saying that it should be done like a "marine/navy" movie, however they are like a Police Precinct, start a "corps" film but get three or four MAIN characters and make it more of a buddy cop/drama movie mixed with some science fiction/fantasy.
Timestampede - 1/27/2014, 9:35 AM
@Soto
While both movies were awful in their own respects, I agree with the article. IF WB wanted to, they could easily reboot the GL movie in continuation to the first, much like they did with the Hulk movies. The best thing is they can't get much worse doing a second...
Timestampede - 1/27/2014, 9:35 AM
*by they I didn't mean WB sorry if that was confusing.
OwenWilsonsNose - 1/27/2014, 11:09 AM
Id like to see Chris Pine as Hal. Actually, Chris Pine would make a good Flash as well. If Idris Elba cant be John Stewart, then I say go with Pine for Hal Jordan.
dckizzle - 1/27/2014, 11:18 AM
Hope they do another one soon
VictorHugo - 1/27/2014, 11:19 AM
Ok, ok, I hit the thumb button, it´s the first time i realize there was one :)

ds9epicfan - 1/27/2014, 11:24 AM
You made some pretty good points!When I first heard about a Green Lantern movie,my first reaction was that Spielberg should direct this,if he did the first movie and took control of it from script approval to casting,we'd have a completely different movie today,so I'd welcome him to come aboard for the 2nd and fix the dumb-ass problems of the first.And never viewed the corps as military but as space cops but a military feel will definitely bring more of an intense edge to the movie.And 'Secret Origin'was an excellent read and should of been the springboard to launch what could of been the 'Star Wars' of Superhero movies!

@nibs
Good call on maybe using Paul Verhoeven or the directors of Band of Brothers/The Pacific!Also good choices!
Pinocchio - 1/27/2014, 11:25 AM
good article, very good indeed. I approve this article!
irishyardball - 1/27/2014, 11:32 AM
Hector Hammond shouldn't have been in the first one, let alone a follow up. There are other ways to go about it, and his inclusion took away time to properly develop the Green Lantern Corps and Hal's training.

There wasn't enough of that, and the Corps. Also, having Scar and Parallax combined was a huge mistake.

and seeing how they already have the one out there, they should just continue on with the story they have just make sure Geoff Johns is giving the creative reigns for the character.
Andree24 - 1/27/2014, 11:35 AM
I want Guy Gardner. Batman knocking him the heck out would be hilarious! Gotta stay away from Dr. Hammond. Dude with a giant head? You have to make Green Latern a Star-wars/StarTrek epic. Introducing him in an epic JLA vs. aliens movie is the logical way to go.
Tivis014 - 1/27/2014, 11:40 AM
One thing that has to be done at DC is to tell WB to back off and stop trying to force stuff upon them just to sell more merchandise. That is the sole reasoning behind WB. They don't care about fans or the source they just want to sell toys. Same BS they are pushing onto CN and why YJ, GL, and Beware the bat are now gone or pushed back until they run out of Teen Titans Go! to air.
Arrowhead77 - 1/27/2014, 11:43 AM
Nice article Pasto....I thought the GL film was very watered down and had way too much CGI, but it was still decent. I think WB should still use it loosley in the DCCU. I think the GL movie would have been better served using Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns. I would have prefered a movie clos to the GL animated series. I think Spielberg could do a good job if the scriot was in good shap. Good Ideas Pasto
irishyardball - 1/27/2014, 11:46 AM
Honestly, I think the perfect director for this would Edgar Wright. Look at what he did with Scott Pilgrim. And his Cornetto films have a large casts and he gives a good balance of weight to each character, especially in The World's End and Hot Fuzz.

Plus seeing where he ends up with Ant-Man that could add another badge to his resume.

irishyardball - 1/27/2014, 11:47 AM
J.J. Abrams would be the ideal.
InfiniteMonkey - 1/27/2014, 11:52 AM
Just do another one and do it justice!
gurugeorge - 1/27/2014, 12:00 PM
Cosmic things will always fail unless there's sufficient juxtaposition of ordinary everyday things with the cosmic. If something is all cosmic cosmic cosmic, then because there's nothing to calibrate it against, it becomes meaningless. Whereas if you have some kind of alteration between mundane and cosmic, your brain is able to calibrate the "hugeness" of the cosmic.

This should be elementary, as it's the principle Stan Lee and his cohorts discovered, that made Marvel what it is today.

The first GL failed partly because the script and story and CGI were bloody awful, but the actors were good, and it could have worked if the earth bits hadn't been so stage-set-ey, and more verite, normal shots of city, was filmed in a real aircraft factory, or something. As it was, you had stage sets alternating with CGI, so no sense of anything in the film being real at all.
skullboy - 1/27/2014, 12:12 PM
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6of13 - 1/27/2014, 12:22 PM
Nice, Pasto! You know, I really like the idea of Spielberg directing a GL film. I remember it being said that the Green Lantern movie was going to be a cross between Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

I quite liked the recent Green Lantern CG animated series. I think if there is another GL movie, the filmmakers should look to that series for setting ideas.

@Tivis Agreed. The execs need to let the creatives do the creating. I am a graphic designer so I know what it is like to have to take "creative direction" from sales reps and clients (likes doctors and PAs) or have no inkling of what a good design is. That is what helped doom the Schumacher Batman movies. The studio wanted to sell as many toys as they could. If fact, I rembember reading that Chris o'Donnel said he felt like he was making a toy commercial rather than a movie.
Tucks - 1/27/2014, 12:37 PM
I say make it a buddy cop film... buddy space-cops in space
Sinestro and Hal driving down the Milky Way, get Tim Story to direct it and call it Ride Along 2
DrunkenPirateNukem - 1/27/2014, 12:40 PM
Lol...i readed sitting down on Pasto
monsterswin - 1/27/2014, 12:46 PM
War of the Worlds is FAR, FAR from perfect. Most of the problem with it though is the script.
Havenless - 1/27/2014, 12:55 PM
This is like 3 sentences of drivel thrown together with a picture. How did this get on main?
shangho - 1/27/2014, 12:55 PM
I agree with Atrocitus but not with Hammond.Aside from the fact that he was a BIG reason as to why that film failed (He and Parrallax.I've actually been pretty vocal about how i think Reynolds was fine,it was the script and director that failed with that movie).I TRULY believe that a sequel with Reynolds and Strong reprising their roles and following the emergance of the other Corps as a subplot could be a GREAT movie with a director that actually GETS the material as opposed to just "skimming" some comics and thinking it's enough.And stranger things have happened I mean hell they made another Ghost Rider and the first one flopped big time!
JayJayCAW - 1/27/2014, 1:10 PM
Reboot it completely, have nothing from the original cause aside from the names it was nothing but a steaming pile of crap. Not even The awesomeness of Mark Strong could save the movie. Too many characters ruined, too many plot issues to actually continue with that story. Just reboot it back to go and start fresh.

It's something I hate when Hollywood does it, but if there was ever a franchise that truly needed it.....GL is that franchise.
Lhornbk - 1/27/2014, 1:11 PM
While it would be nice to have Spielberg direct a cbm, he would be wasted on GL. Plus, there is exactly zero chance of him ever directing it anyway.
irishyardball - 1/27/2014, 1:14 PM
Mark Strong and Reynolds were good enough to keep them. The rest should be reworked for sure.
irishyardball - 1/27/2014, 1:18 PM
I think Green Lantern would be wasted on Spielberg to be honest. Old Spielberg might work, but Crystal Skull Spielberg is a no go.
dnno1 - 1/27/2014, 1:25 PM
@Pasto, and others, it is not the storyline or the director that is the issue with Green Lantern. It's the fan base, or lack there of. There are just not enough people that are interested in the character or his mythology to justify the financing of a solo film project. "Green Lantern", as good or bad as it was just didn't get enough people in the theaters to even break even, and then "Green Lantern: The Animated Series", although very good, just didn't get the ratings that a "Star Wars: Clone Wars" did. That's the thing, there are many more Star Wars fans out there that know and love the franchise such that it can support any series of film that comes out. What DC didn't do was invest the time in exposing the character to audiences like they did with Superman and Batman. Even Marvel took the time to expose their biggest characters to children over the last 30 years and then later came out with a film. Going forward, what is really needed is to get the character more exposure on the small screen and then later on giving that franchise a shot at a big film maybe the next decade (Green Arrow might be on the way to doing that right now). They have to show some small successes before trying to go big again.
DrVenkman - 1/27/2014, 1:29 PM
I agree with irishyardball- keep mark strong as Sinestro. He would be fantastic in a sequel
antirock - 1/27/2014, 1:30 PM
I hear these kinds of things all of the time. "Why can't they get Spielberg to direct Green Lantern?!?!" "Why can't they get Daniel Day Lewis to play Magneto", "Chris Nolan should direct Daredevil"

Look...I am sure Warners would love to have Spielberg direct their Green Lantern film. It isn't as though they are unaware of Spielberg's talent and his ability to make a quality film is lost upon them. You aren't making any light bulbs go off at Warners.

Here is the thing, even if Warners could afford Spielberg, I cannot for the life of me imagine Spielberg actually wanting to direct a Green Lantern movie.
antirock - 1/27/2014, 1:32 PM
For my part, I would rather them just continue with Ryan Reynolds as GL. He wasn't the problem with that movie. Partially it suffered from a bad script, and a bad character.

Green Lantern requires a lot of world-building. You have to explain a lot of nonsense before you get to the meat of the story. Since they have already been through all of that, they should continue with Reynolds and make a good sequel that doesn't require all that exposition.
Dedpool - 1/27/2014, 1:39 PM
Reynolds wasn't horrible as Jordan, but the script needed a lot of work. And Strong was spot on as Sinestro. I think they can still use that cast and that look, but use "First Flight" as a template, which they should've done in the first place. Since they didn't they could still use the "Training day in space" scenario that was in it, and add a few pieces from other stuff like the "Secret Origin" and such.
Spidey10 - 1/27/2014, 1:39 PM
That Ron Burgundy picture is priceless such a troll face
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