Exactly one year from now, everyone will be talking about the highly anticipated summer blockbuster- Green Lantern (June 17, 2011). The GL movie, which starts filming in March, has some interesting elements that give me the overall feeling that this movie has the potential to stand out from the increasingly crowded superhero genre.
Before I list a few items that immediately come to mind, I have to admit something. Growing up, I was not a Green Lantern fan and have only recently gotten up to speed on the canon. (Thanks to DC's Showcase reprints, mostly) Having said that, I am really looking forward to this movie.
These are just a few things about GL I find interesting.
Director - The man in charge of bringing GL to the big screen for the first time, Martin Campbell, has an impressive track record of directing smart, entertaining action movies. Most notably: GoldenEye (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Casino Royale (2006), among many others. Based on these films, I think it's reasonable to assume that GL will have incredible production values, good characterization and a high coolness factor.
Casting - I don't see any major problems with the actors cast in the main roles, but one thing is a little perplexing. Ryan Reynolds, who has the title role, will also be appearing as Deadpool in the film of the same name- also in 2011. I see a potential problem with having the same actor portray two superheroes in the same year. How will audiences react to this ? Won't they be like "What? Ryan Reynolds, again? He was in the flick we saw last week!" But, maybe it's not a huge deal. I dunno.
The other main players, Peter Sarsgaard, and Mark Strong are respected actors with great credits. Note- as of this writing, Strong has not officially been signed to GL. I thought Strong was fantastic in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and if all goes well, should make a great Sinestro. The female lead, however, has raised a few eyebrows. Blake Lively (who, it must be said, is charming and gorgeous) was recently cast as Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan's love interest. Lively's acting credits aren't as extensive as her co-stars', but I have a hunch she may surprise a few. While I can't say I've seen her in many roles, she hosted Saturday Night Live a few weeks back and I was impressed with her performance. She has real talent and isn't just another pretty face. As a side note, Reynolds raved about Lively in an interview posted today (1/24/10) on MTV's Splashpage.
The writers attached to the film are Greg Berlanti, who has written and produced many TV shows (Eli Stone, Brothers and Sisters) and Michael Green, who has written many episodes of Smallville. I'm not familiar enough with either's work to comment on their involvement, so I'll have to leave it to others to speculate on what the GL script might be like.
The last bit of GL news I have thus far was the decision to move principle filming from Australia to Louisiana. I'm not sure if that portends to any problems regarding the film's budget. Was the move made in order to shave a few million off location expenses? Who knows? It's probably not a big deal. As Campbell pointed out in an interview, much of the movie takes place in outer space, so the actual location is not that important.
That's all I have right now. I know I left out a lot of stuff, but feel free to fill in the blanks.
Image: Blake Lively- courtesy Google Images