It’s a bit disappointing that Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad can live in such a rich setting and still feel so light. As seen through a grand tradition of films dating back over 70 years, post-war Los Angeles was boozy, hedonistic, dangerous, and dark. Gangster Squad waters down this colorful world, and simply coasts on being an amusing, frivolous action film. There’s nothing wrong with that, and with a strong cast at his disposal, Fleischer finds a nice blend between the style he brought to Zombieland and the spirit of the time period. Unfortunately, a thin plot and even thinner characters make Gangster Squad as intense as a drive-by shooting and just as fleeting.
Before the Green Lantern panel, my thoughts regarding WonderCon could be boiled down to “My, how quaint.” After the madness of Comic-Con, the experience of being able to walk freely and cover the exhibitor’s floor in about ten minutes was refreshing. But the Comic-Con experience made itself known as fans lined out the door to get a new look at Green Lantern. The Esplanade Ballroom at the Moscone Center was packed and I was eager to see the footage that Steve saw yesterday at CinemaCon. It didn’t disappoint. Hit the jump for my recap and thoughts on the Green Lantern footage.
In an interview with The Wolfman director Joe Johnston, Fangoria reports that his next film, The First Avenger: Captain America is set to go in front of cameras in June. That’s not too surprising when you consider the film has a target release date of July 22, 2011. According to Fangoria, Johnston is currently meeting with the art department. I hope they spend an entire day mocking Rob Liefeld’s illustration of Captain America.
There’s also some news about Martin Campbell’s adaptation of Green Lantern so hit the jump to learn about some of the great production crew who are on board.