The Green Lantern movie's light burned out
But frankly, I've been so dispirited and lacking faith in Time Warner's ability to craft an auspicious movie that it's too hard to care what fate awaits it. If they don't respect the comic books and allowed so much abuse by Dan DiDio, how can we possibly expect them to make a respectable movie production? The Catwoman movie from 2004 was just the start of these problems.
I've looked at the plot descriptions of the screenplay, and I can make some guesses what drowned this movie's green in yellow:
- This was likely a studio influenced committee job, given that there's at least four scriptwriters, and Geoff Johns, as one of the supervising producers, could easily make a fifth, since the story draws from some of his own GL work.
- And instead of Sinestro as the archnemesis, they made Parallax the enemy. Now, maybe they didn't have to make Sinestro the main adversary in this first movie, assuming there'll ever be a sequel, but even after being turned into a separate entity from Hal Jordan, Parallax was still an embarrassing mistake that should've been left in the past, and making him possess Hector Hammond actually diminishes that mind-controlling villain to a mere tool in a different villain's scheme. Couldn't they have made Lord Malvolio the adversary or even the Weaponers of Qward?
- There's probably even more special effects in this film than in Tron, and making Ryan Reynolds' costume CGI-based just smothers it even more. His costume, if any, should've just been a simple cloth shirt and would've saved money on the FX if they'd thought of it. (The overall cost comes to $300 million). The result here makes it look like there's wrinkles all over his shirt and shoulders.
- Plus, there's the mistake of injecting too many villains at once, like some of the Batman movies the first time around, even though Sinestro isn't a villain per se here and we may never see a sequel to see if he will become one.
Green Lantern does have potential to make a good movie. Now, with developing disaster, that potential could be buried in the Qward dimension forever. And whether the comic-to-movie biz does well for Marvel, DC may have already hit a dead end: with NBC's rejection of the attempted Wonder Woman TV show and the fiasco of Jonah Hex, their own efforts to adapt more of their books may never get off the ground, thanks to how badly they've mishandled their own properties. If they ever do make a Flash movie, I will most definitely not be seeing it if it's even remotely written like a draft that was proposed earlier. Darkness that bad does not a good movie make.
Without a soul, there's no success.
Update: it dropped at least %70 in its second week. Now, the Hollywood Reporter tells that chances of a sequel are becoming very dim, and its overall budget could be as much as $400 million, making it very hard to regain the losses it's already facing.