Friday, November 19, 2010

Green Lantern: Why Green Lantern Movie Looks Familiar?

Showcase #22 (Oct. 1959), the first appearance...Image via Wikipedia
The trailer for next summer's Green Lantern movie hit the Internet in the face earlier this week, like a giant green fist. In addition to being yet another movie to feature gratuitous shots of Ryan Reynolds' abs, like [Every Movie Ryan Reynolds Has Ever Done], the Green Lantern movie distinguishes itself in another way. For the first time ever, I can't tell if I'm watching a trailer or a combination of clips from every other superhero movie ever shot. Either this is the work of a very clever editor, or there isn't a single original moment in the entire trailer.

Has it happened? Have we exhausted the genre? Is it time to stop making superhero movies? Let's take a closer look at the Green Lantern trailer and its similarities to every other superhero movie.

#6. Origin Story (See Iron Man)

#5. Superpowers (See Superman: The Movie)

#4. With Great Power Comes I Can't Believe We're Using This Character Arc Again (See Plenty of Superhero Movies, or Even Superhero Movie Probably)

#3. Recycled Female Lead (See Iron Man 1 and 2)

#2. Villains We've Already Seen (See Iron Man 2, X2)

#1. Additional Unapologetic Similarities

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green Lantern: What Green Lantern Movie could have been?

Hal Jordan in Duck DodgersImage via Wikipedia
"The ring, it chose you," Ryan Reynolds is told in the new "Green Lantern" trailer.

That is true. People's Sexiest Man Alive, Reynolds did finally land the role of Hal Jordan in the DC Comics adaptation. But the path that led to his casting was a circuitous one. Did you know Jack Black was once considered for the part? That the flick was once set to shoot in Australia? That Quentin Tarantino was actually offered the director's job? Oh, what could have been ...

Kevin Smith, for example, was once approached to helm a Green Lantern movie. Clearly, that would have been a more comedic take on the property. As would the installment that Black was eyeing.

"It would have been a comedy, and I don't know, maybe they didn't want to go that way with the character," Black told MTV News back in 2007. "You don't see a lot of the superheroes as comedies. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man — they're all pretty straight-up. I was going to be capturing bad guys with green, giant prophylactics. Some funny stuff."

As part of a potential Justice League film, the character was rumored to have been offered to everyone from Common to T.I. to Tyrese Gibson. And for a solo flick, "Everwood" creator Greg Berlanti was once tapped to direct, while "Watchmen" helmer Zack Snyder and Tarantino were approached for the gig.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Green Lantern: First Green Lantern Movie Footage - Your Take?

Ryan Reynolds arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards.Image via Wikipedia
It’s early footage that will undoubtedly get polished prior to the movie’s June 2011 release — and there’s still time for them to kill Ryan Reynolds‘ ridiculous “I know, right?” line when he shows off his CGI superhero suit — but it’s a long way from the dark tone of The Dark Knight, the most successful DC Comics movie ever. It’s also not what you might expect from a production Badass Digest called the “biggest, most epic, most sweeping, most cosmic superhero film yet.”

Still, the lightweight first look isn’t too surprising, since director Martin Campbell is on the record saying the movie will be closer to Iron Man than Batman Begins. “The tone is light,” Campbell told MTV News. “It has a lot of humor, but I think the relationships between all the characters are very real. We try to keep the action very real.” At least Kilowog looks undeniably cool.

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