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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 

WB has not learned their lesson if they hire the same failed screenwriter to adapt another DC book

Variety's reported about Warner's mulling over whether to try a Green Lantern movie again, as well as a couple of other projects based on DC heroes. But trouble can be smelled when they reveal that the studio has:
hired Michael Goldenberg (one of the many writers of "Green Lantern") to pen "Wonder Woman."
If his effort with at least 3 other scriptwriters on GL could fail so badly, do they really think he's got what it takes to write a movie based on WW? Personally, I doubt it. There's a chance more than one writer could end up assigned to write the proposed WW movie too, and if that happens, I figure it'll only doom the project further.
Those projects now join in development films based on the Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Lobo, the Suicide Squad and Shazam. DC and WB are also facing a decision on how to reboot Batman once "The Dark Knight Rises" completes Christopher Nolan's take on the caped crusader, featuring Christian Bale in the cowl.

Studio is figuring out whether to bring back Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern in a sequel to last year's actioner or relaunch the character in a completely new way. Goldenberg ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix") was brought on board in 2010 to write the screenplay for the sequel, a year before the first film bowed.

Of course, those are nice problems to have.
If they depend on screenwriters with questionable track records, then yes, they sure are. I think the project that worries me the most is the one based on Lobo, since his origins are problematic; he was originally introduced as a villain in the Omega Men in 1983, and in the mid-1990s, that's when he was changed from a Velorpian into a Czarnian who'd wiped out his own planet instead of the Psions, as had first been established. Just how does one make a compelling movie out of that kind of premise?

If Warner only hires "auteurs" to write their comic book adaptations and not writers who've already proven their talent with successful track records, then they're doing something vaguely similar to how both DC and Marvel took to hiring "hot" writers based on their reputation more than their actual talents. And what if whatever screenplays produced by the ones they do hire only end up going through countless rewrites by yet more screenwriters? They'll never succeed in getting any more movie franchise series off the ground if they do it that way.

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