It seems safe to say that Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ attempt to bring The Green Lantern
to the big screen was sort of a failure. After a decent opening weekend, the film then stalled at the box office – and to date has made $114 million domestically, which seems like a respectable total until you realize the film had a $200 million dollar budget…
Warner seems undaunted by the box office shortcomings of the film and are already prepping a sequel. Warners’ Film Division President Jeff Robinov says “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience. To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.” Robinov is partially right – the film did have a decent opening weekend ($53 million), but darker and edgier aren’t necessarily going to save this potential franchise. This is the Green Lantern, after all – not Batman.
Sources at Warners tell the LA Times’ Hero Complex
blog that there’s already an outline for a sequel making the rounds. No details have been revealed, but sources say that they expect significant changes will be made to the spec story (if they don’t scrap it entirely) before work commences on a follow-up. We guess it’s not dark or edgy enough in its current state.
Since this is Hollywood, someone has to take the blame for Green Lantern’s failing – and the fall guy appears to be director Martin Campbell. Apparently, Warner Bros. wasn’t thrilled with Campbell’s take on the material and would prefer to go with a new helmer when the sequel moves into production. The catch here is that it appears as though Campbell has a sequel option in his contract – meaning Warners will have to come to some kind of agreement with the director before they can push ahead without his involvement.
Should that potential legal snag delay production, Warners will be okay – they’ve got several other DC properties in development, with The Flash being the closest to ready for shooting. Robinov says they’ve got “a solid script” ready for the world’s fastest man and they could have it ready for release in 2013 or 2014. On top of that, work also continues on the long-in-development Justice League movie.
What do you guys think? Was one crack at Green Lantern enough, or are you willing to give the character one more chance? Chime in below.