Green Lantern Update

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

Captain America Director Talks published an interview with director, Joe Johnston, on Wednesday (1/13/10), which created quite a buzz on Twitter and movie sites everywhere. The piece focused on the upcoming release of The Wolfman (2/12/2010), but Johnston also offered a few tidbits on a new installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. But, since we're all about superheroes here, I'll leave those topics to someone else.

All the talk of lycans and dinos was cool, but what really got me and the rest of fandom in a tizzy was Johnston's brief mention of Captain America: The First Avenger (7/22/2011). The single paragraph just gave some hints at the storyline and the overall tone of the film- no real specifics.
Apparently, anything Cap-related is taken very seriously because some of the reader comments I saw expressed concern that Johnston was taking the movie in the wrong direction. A lot of fans felt he was placing too much emphasis on the emotional and psychological elements of the story. Admittedly, Johnston gives the impression that the film will draw on Steve Rodgers' emotional turmoil upon receiving his powers to drive the story. Some of his remarks are below. If you read the entire piece, I'd like to hear your take on the interview.

"It's not going to be a Captain America you expect. It's something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America.", 1/13/10

Scott D Parker: "The Dark Knight Returns" Movie -- Why?

Tonight, I'm just linking to one of my favorite sites Scott D Parker, in which Scott has posted a brief article on a fascinating Batman movie rumor. Sure to be controversial, if true. Scott D Parker: "The Dark Knight Returns" Movie -- Why?

The Year That Was

2009 was a year in which superhero movie geeks around the globe were able to catch their collective breath and prepare for the future onslaught of films. Except for Watchmen, which was released in March, '09 was a down year for cape movies when compared to the rest of the decade.

Reflecting on the past year in superhero films brings a couple of things to mind. First, even though there was a dearth of blockbuster cape movies released, the mainstream entertainment news was panting over every bit of news trickling out of the sets and production meetings of Iron Man 2, Thor, Avengers, Captain America, Green Lantern, and others too numerous to mention. For most of the year, it seemed like everyday brought some new cape-related breaking news or rumour.

The other major development in '09 I noticed, which was a continuation of a recent trend, was the migration of A-list talent (both in front of and behind the camera) to the DC and Marvel movie universes. A complete rundown of examples will have to wait for another post, but the two names that come to mind are Kenneth Branagh and Anthony Hopkins signing on for Thor. It'll be interesting to see if other Hollywood elites join the fun this year.

I think of last year as just a respite that allowed us to kick back, relax for a while and wait in giddy anticipation of what's about to be unleashed on the movie-going masses.

More on Swamp Thing

My previous post mentioned news of a Swamp Thing film in the works and the plans to use the latest SFX technology. The news that another big budget flick was planned for one of DC's greatest creations elicited an impassioned "NO" from Nick A.- a view that I'm sure is shared by many others.

First, this project has not even been officially announced, so speculation on what its quality is way premature. Having said that, I am watching the progress on this one closely. I think it has the potential to be great. I'm not sure which studio has the rights to the property, but if it's Warner, I'm very optimistic.

The article I was referring to was posted on on 12/30/09. The piece focused on the possibility that producer, Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes, 2009), might use a screenplay written by Swampy's co-creator, Len Wein. It was also mentioned that 3D tech could be employed to portray Swampy in all his glorious grossness, writhing roots and vines and all.

Anyone else psyched about the possibility of a truly awesome Swamp Thing epic?

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and joyous holiday season! After a couple of weeks away, I'm looking forward to a regular posting schedule.

There were several interesting stories in the superhero movie world in the last few weeks. One of them involved some pre-production talk regarding a big budget Swamp Thing film.
A while back I posted some thoughts on how new technology could make ol' Swampy an awesome new franchise for the next decade. Well, it sounds like my wishes might be fulfilled. Gotta go now, but more on this later.