Green Lantern gains director
The Green Lantern looks set to be the next superhero to make it to the big screen with Greg Berlanti signing a deal to co-write and direct the live action film of the character.
Green Lantern is a test pilot who finds a crashed spaceship with a dying alien aboard. The creature hands Hal Jordan a green ring which makes him become the Green Lantern.
Reading more of the story from Yahoo News makes the character appear pretty ridiculous really, read this blurb:
“A dying alien passes his ring to Jordan, introducing the man to a wider world that includes an interstellar police force known as the Green Lantern Corps and its overseers, the Guardians of the Universe, who live on the planet Oa. Like any superhero, the Lantern has a weakness, the color yellow, and was known for reciting an oath when charging his ring.”
Okay...the colour yellow was his downfall? I have an image of a camp superhero saying “that just isn't my colour, I'd die if I wore that”!
Greg Berlanti also spoke about his desire to make the film and what he believes the strength of the Green Lantern story is.
“It was a comic book with a real mythology that you would see in a lot of the space operas and the sci-fi books. The best part about it, anybody can be become one of the Green Lanterns because anyone can end up with that ring.”
Then he addresses the very issue I've brought up, how daft it all sounds.
“The danger and the fear from a lot of people is that it would be silly...In these post-'Harry Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings' days, it's not any more fantastical than that. It's taken movies like that to make it feel as if a Green Lantern film is possible.”
Well he still doesn't alleviate my concerns about the story, but he has been putting a lot of work into getting the script and the pitch right. With his co-writers Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green he has found some like minded comic fans and they developed the idea into a series of films about the Intergalactic Police – Men in Green perhaps?
I'm still not sure this would work though, what do you think?