Each of the last four weeks I’ve taken on the task of narrowing down all of the site’s content into the neat and tidy “Top 5″ feature you see here. Much like choosing your favorite child, this has been a difficult albeit necessary endeavor. For example, this week I was very tempted to include this potential major spoiler from The Dark Knight Rises and/or Matt’s take on the Oscar rules tweak that calls for the number of “Best Picture” nominees to fall between 5 and 10. And yet, I was able to make the tough decision of leaving those two out of the mix in favor of five pieces I found slightly more compelling (this is why they pay me the big bucks).
Speaking of those five “slightly more compelling” pieces, you can hit the jump to find brief recaps and links to articles covering the Star Wars live-action television series, the adaptability of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, the feasibility of Jurassic Park 4, the first trailer for Brad Pitt’s Moneyball, and the merits of Warner Brothers’ Green Lantern.
After earning $3.35 million from its midnight screenings, Green Lantern brought in an estimated $21.6 million from 3,816 venues – 70% of which were 3D equipped. The third comic book property to hit the screen since Memorial Day, the Lantern seems headed for a weekend in the $60 million range: about where mid-week tracking placed it. That would put the DC Comics title just under Thor’s $65.7 million May debut and just over the $55.1 million launch of X-Men: First Class. Considering that both of those films had Rotten Tomato scores significantly higher than the current 23% rating for Lantern, I’m thinking that Warner Brothers has, so far, dodged a shiny, green bullet. Of course, word of mouth is going to be a factor with GL and, with international estimates unavailable, it is hard to draw an accurate picture of the film’s prospects. The weekend’s second new release, Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, managed a second place finish on Friday and will probably be lucky to get to $20 million by Sunday. We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.
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Director Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern held midnight screenings last night and the 3D superhero pic earned between $3.35 and $3.4 million from 1,810 locations. The number is on par with Thor ($3.25 million) and X-Men: First Class ($3.37 million). In it’s opening weekend, Thor went on to earn $65.7 million and X-Men made $55 million. Early estimates have Green Lantern earning between $50 and $65 million in it’s opening weekend in North America. Green Lantern opens in 3,816 locations including, 2,711 3D engagements.
However, when talking about box office numbers, it’s important to remember foreign box office usually plays a significant role. Look at Pirates 4. While the film has made $211 million in North America, it’s made an absolutely insane $695.9 million overseas (for a total of $907.4 million). So even if Green Lantern only does moderate business in North America, if it plays well around the world, we’re getting a sequel. The film opens in 15 markets this weekend, so we’ll know very soon where it stands. More on Green Lantern’s box office tomorrow.
Director Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern exists in a time when rainbow bridges aren’t laughed at and secret agent mutants enhance the drama, which is why the newest entry in DC Comics’ long lineage of films feels like a regression. The talent amassed for this origin story can understandably excite onlookers, but the end result won’t make many want to come back for more. A disjointed plot that may alienate audience members instead of pull them in is a bad start to Warner Brothers franchise kick-starter hopeful. The real shame is that Ryan Reynolds is a natural choice for Hal Jordan, and the rest of the cast exude similar confidence, but the material they are working with hinders the film from ever lifting off the ground. Even Campbell seems to be unwilling to commit to the material. Short, choppy, and overpopulated with CG and not enough heart, this is one comic book film you might want to skip this summer. Hit the jump for my full review.
A new trailer for The Muppets has been released, and it follows along the lines of the previous two in that it’s a parody. The first trailer that was released was a bit of a head fake, as it begins as a romantic comedy before revealing the actual Muppets. The subsequent trailer was a little less inspired, but still cute, as it directly parodied the marketing for The Hangover Part II. This time, the Muppets take on Green Lantern, and it’s pretty damn amusing. I especially like Jason Segel’s meta joke towards the end.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for “Being Green”. The Muppets stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper. Written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the film opens November 23rd.
Since Martin Campbell is considered one of the industry’s premier action filmmakers, as the man behind two landmark James Bond films (GoldenEye and Casino Royale) and two Zorro films (The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro), it’s easy to see why he was brought in to helm the superhero action-adventure flick Green Lantern. And, with veteran producer Donald De Line and producer/screenwriter Greg Berlanti also on board, the film is sure to be a blockbuster hit.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, Campbell, De Line and Berlanti talked about what it takes to create and launch a franchise like Green Lantern, condensing a great amount of source material into a movie that keeps fans of the character happy while also making it accessible for those unfamiliar with it, why they chose Hal Jordan as a starting point for the story, finding the right balance with how much of the film to have on Earth and how much to have in space, and how they hope to have some cool extras for the DVD/Blu-ray release. Martin Campbell also said that he’s not signed on to direct more Green Lantern films, at this point, that he hopes to do a small film next, and that there will be no more James Bond films in his future. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
With Green Lantern hitting theaters this week, Ryan Reynolds is the latest actor taking on a superhero for the big screen. As the gifted and cocky test pilot Hal Jordan, Reynolds is charming, witty and likeable, taking audiences on an adventure, as the first human chosen for the Green Lantern Corps. Warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. Unfortunately for Hal, he doesn’t get much time to enjoy his recruitment before he learns that a terrible enemy called Parallax is threatening to destroy the balance of power in the Universe. With the fate of Earth in his hands, and encouragement from fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Hal must quickly master his new powers and find the courage to save all of mankind.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong (who plays Sinestro) and Peter Sarsgaard (who plays Hector Hammond) talked about bringing this story to life, having a strong leading lady, getting to portray the journey of Sinestro, the prosthetics required to create the look for Hector Hammond, and how they were all honored to be a part of such a special project. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Fans of the Green Lantern franchise who can’t wait until Ryan Reynolds powers up in theaters might want to check out DC’s latest animated film, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Not only is Emerald Knights up to the same quality as previous animated DC releases, it embraces the mythos of Green Lantern to tell far more than a mere origin story. Emerald Knights possesses six stories all told: five tales from Green Lantern lore that are bookended by an over-arcing frame story. The main tale revolves around the Green Lantern Corps preparing for battle against Krona, an ancient enemy of the Corps’ progenitors, the Guardians of Oa. The five additional stories come across as fables that various Lanterns tell new recruit, Arisia, while they wait for Krona to make his move.
Check out the trailer for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights here and hit the jump for my full review.
Thanks to Warner Bros. sending over the EPK (electronic press kit) from Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, you can watch 15 minutes of behind the scenes footage. If you’re trying to stay spoiler free, I urge you not to watch the footage as it’s loaded with potential spoilers. However, if you’re curious how Green Lantern was made, the footage is awesome. I especially enjoyed getting to see Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan do their voice over work as Tomar-Re and Kilowog (which is towards the end) and watching Mark Strong become Sinestro in the makeup chair. You can also see Ryan Reynolds pretending to fly, tons of stunt work, and plenty of Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. Again, it’s some great footage. Hit the jump to check it out. Green Lantern open June 17th.
With Warner Bros. Green Lantern opening next week, we’ve been given a ton of movie related swag to giveaway to some of our readers. While we do these giveaways all the time, if you’re a fan of Green Lantern, we have some cool stuff that you’re really going to want including a sterling silver Green Lantern ring (that retails for $150), a backpack, key chains, a reversible hoodie, and a lot more. Hit the jump for pictures of everything we’ve got along with how to enter the giveaway.
The wait is almost over. Warner Bros. has released 8 new clips from director Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, which hits theaters in less than two weeks. Based on the comic book, the film tells the story of Hal Jordan (Reynolds), the first human ever to join the intergalactic peacekeeping Green Lantern Corps. From all the recent trailers that have been released, and the huge batch of high resolution stills showing off finished visual effects, the film looks like it’s going to be pretty fantastic.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins. Green Lantern will be released in 3D on June 17th.
Warner Bros. has released a slew of images from their upcoming superhero flick Green Lantern. Some of the images are new, while a few of them we’ve seen before, but they all reflect finished visual-effects. Also included in the batch are a few official set images featuring director Martin Campbell. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins, and tells the story of Hal Jordan (Reynolds), the first human ever to join the intergalactic peacekeeping Green Lantern Corps.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Green Lantern opens in 3D on June 17th.
Green Lantern is a tough sell to moviegoers who aren’t well-versed in the logic of comics. There are a lot of us out there, enough that Warner Bros. needs to draw a pack of us into this bizarre alien world to make money on the property. The marketing department is busting its ass to spread the gospel of the Green Lantern Corps., releasing another second behind-the-scenes featurette to follow up on Tuesday’s entry. The simple title says it all: “World of Green Lantern.”
Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins star. Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), opens in 3D on June 17. Watch the featurette and the new footage within after the break.
With the film slated to hit 3D theaters on June 17th, Warner Bros. has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Martin Campbell’s (Casino Royale) Green Lantern. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins, the film tells the story of Hal Jordan (Reynolds), the first human ever to join the intergalactic peacekeeping Green Lantern Corps. Even though I typically find Reynolds’ charm and sense of humor to be on point, I am still having trouble getting past what I’ve seen of Green Lantern‘s special effects thus far. I’m hoping that within the context of the full movie I’ll be able to adjust to the CGI suits. Only time will tell.
To check out the new behind-the-scenes featurette featuring commentary from Campbell, Reynolds, set designer Joseph Hiura, Geoff Johns, and producer Donald De Line (who goes all in by referring to Green Lantern as the “ultimate movie”), hit the jump. To check out all of our previous Green Lantern coverage, click here.
At the conclusion of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s 5-issue miniseries Flashpoint, DC Comics has announced it will reboot its universe and re-number each of its titles to begin at issue #1. In a letter from DC Senior Sales VP Bob Wayne to comic retailers, Wayne explains that the publisher will perform some character alterations with regards to “appearance, origin, and age” in an attempt to bring DC’s classic group of characters into a “more modern, diverse DC Universe.” The reboot will officially be underway on Wednesday, August 31st when DC will only release two titles: Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 to be written by Johns with art from Jim Lee.
In addition to the reboot, DC announced that the August 31st release will also be a landmark date for the digital distribution of comics as it will be the first time that either of the two major comic publishers (DC and Marvel) will release new titles digitally on the same day as their physical release. For more on the reboot and what it could mean for DC’s classic cast of characters, hit the jump.