With the conclusion of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, the future of DC Comics movies is entirely up in the air right now. DC and Warner Bros’ next step in the gameplan is Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot Man of Steel, which must fight through the general disappointment created by the last reboot, Superman Returns. That’s nothing compared to Green Lantern, which rode a 26% Rotten Tomatoes score to squeak past $200 million worldwide. But hey, at least they have movies: Wonder Woman and The Flash are left out in the cold, and Aquaman may only be a viable superhero in the Hollywood fantasy of Entourage.
DC’s rival Marvel spent years carefully assembling their stable of heroes, culminating in the smash success of The Avengers. It seems DC is going to cut through the Gordian knot and skip straight to Justice League after Man of Steel, and use that to introduce the new era of DC movies. More after the jump.
Now that all big four superhero movies have come out this summer, Green Lantern is clearly the biggest disappointment of the bunch. Rather than charge into production on a sequel, Warner Bros. was forced to take a tepid wait-and-see approach to the international box office and home entertainment sales. But Green Lantern 2 is certainly still in the studio’s mind and President Jeff Robinov believes that the problem wasn’t the concept but the execution. However, the flaws he sees in the execution weren’t the ones that sunk the movie.
Hit the jump for what Robinov said the sequel needs to do in order to “improve” on the original.
Despite an underwhelming box office and middling reviews, Warner Bros. is apparently still moving forward with a sequel to Green Lantern. Back in August, we reported that screenwriter Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) had been hired to pen the follow-up, working from a treatment by the first film’s writers Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim. However, director Martin Campbell has stated that he won’t be back for another go around. THR reports that Warner Bros. “still believes” in the franchise and is hopeful that it will have long legs in theaters. Hit the jump for more.
Warner Bros. is already prepping Green Lantern 2 in the event that Green Lantern is a hit at the box office. But if Hal Jordan does return to screens after this summer, it won’t be with director Martin Campbell at the helm. In the latest issue of Total Film [via CBM], the Green Lantern director says “This film has become the instruction manual if they do any further ones. It’s what we call pipe laying.” Yes, that is one definition of laying pipe. Here’s another.
Not return for an immediate sequel is par for the course with Campbell. Campbell did Casino Royale eleven years after he made GoldenEye and he directed The Legend of Zorro eight years after The Mask of Zorro. Also, with post-production on Green Lantern coming down to the wire, I wonder if it’s an experience he wants to relive with a sequel. We’ll find out if a sequel is even a possibility when Green Lantern opens in 3D on June 17th.
If you’re a fan of DC superheroes and curious what the company is doing to bring more of their characters to movie and television screens, you’re going to like the interview I did with Geoff Johns last night at the 2010 Scream Awards. While most will recognize Johns name because he writes a number of DC comics every month, he’s also the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, so he’s one of the few that shapes what direction DC is going in the future.
During the interview we talked about what announcements will be coming and when, is the upcoming Green Lantern trailer a teaser or a full trailer, how tough is it to work on Green Lantern 2 since the first film isn’t finished, what’s the status of Green Lantern and the 3D post conversion, will DC be putting more of their superheroes on TV, what is he writing, will DC superhero movies always be tentpoles (huge budget movies) or will they possibly release lesser known characters as smaller budgeted films, and a lot more. Again, if you’re a DC fan, you want to hit the jump:
Greg Berlanti is having a good year. Not only does his movie Life As We Know It get released this weekend, he has a series (No Ordinary Family) that just premiered on ABC, and he’s also working on The Flash, Green Lantern 2 and Clash of the Titans 2. As you might imagine, when I found out I was going to be able to speak with him at the Life As We Know It press junket, I had a lot of questions.
Since we covered so many subjects, I decided to break up the interview into two parts. For today’s part, Berlanti talks about No Ordinary Family, Green Lantern 2 and Clash of the Titans 2. Hit the jump for more:
Shooting on Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern wrapped this weekend, and today comes the news that Warner Bros. is already moving ahead with the sequel. According to Variety, the studio has tapped screenwriter Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) to pen Green Lantern 2. In June, WB hired Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim—who were all writers on Green Lantern—to write a treatment for the sequel. Goldenberg (who did a rewrite on Green Lantern) will presumably work from that treatment.
Hit the jump for Green Lantern‘s official synopsis. The film is set to open in 3D on June 17th.
Warner Bros. must really love the Green Lantern dailies. In a bold move, the studio has decided to have the writers of Green Lantern, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, develop treatments for both Green Lantern 2 and The Flash. Additionally, the trio would then go on to write the screenplay for one of the films. Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Green Lantern 2 will ostensibly continue the intergalactic story of Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) while The Flash will probably use the Barry Allen version of the character. At the very least, the writing is in capable hands considering that Berlanti, Guggenheim and Green have created the TV series Everwood, Eli Stone and Kings, respectively. Hit the jump for my thoughts on this big news.