Sunday, June 26, 2011

Green Lantern: Warner Bros. Still Planning GREEN LANTERN Sequel

Warner BrosImage via WikipediaDespite an underwhelming box office and middling reviews, Warner Bros. is apparently still moving forward with a sequel to Green Lantern. Back in August, we reported that screenwriter Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) had been hired to pen the follow-up, working from a treatment by the first film’s writers Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim. However, director Martin Campbell has stated that he won’t be back for another go around. THR reports that Warner Bros. “still believes” in the franchise and is hopeful that it will have long legs in theaters. Hit the jump for more.

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Green Lantern: Warner Bros. has plans to follow through with Green Lantern sequel

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: (L-R) President Warne...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
One of Warner Bros. huge summer blockbusters opened up with great numbers at the box office, but the fall off for Green Lantern in its second weekend is almost disturbing. Mixed reviews of the film kind of live up to that expectation though and while disappointing, the studio still has plans to follow through with a sequel.

Green Lantern may have come in third at the box office this weekend, but it brought in a mere $18.4 million. That is a huge 66% decline for a domestic total of $89.3 million. Warner Bros. is of course "somewhat disappointed" with these results but sources say that the studio still believes in the franchise.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Green Lantern: After Green Lantern, What Comes Next?

Green Lantern #1 (July 1941). Cover art by PurcellImage via Wikipedia
DC bet it all on Green Lantern, and it looks like things won't pay off. Will fans have to wait even longer to see their favorite DC characters on the big screen?

Well, I guess the title is pretty self explanatory. The future of the DC movie universe has been a hot topic during the past few weeks and I decided to throw in my own two cents.

To say that DC Entertainment bet it all on Green Lantern would be an understatement. Word has it that the budget was well over $300 million dollars, and that DC was already developing a sequel and a Flash film, banking on GL's box office success. Warner Brothers have been very open in stating that the heroes of the DC Universe would be the future cash cows of the studio after the Harry Potter franchise wraps up this summer.

How much things can change in a week.

So overall, is the failure of Green Lantern a good or bad thing for DC movies? Ultimately, I think a lot of good can come from it. While I'm sure we'll hear multiple excuses from Warners over why GL failed (Twenty bucks says they'll blame the competition), I just hope they learn from their mistakes. I really want to see the DC heroes up on the big screen because I'm a huge DC fanboy, but I want to see my favorite heroes done right.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Green Lantern: Green Lantern has lowest summer debut for a superhero movie

Green Lantern: First FlightImage via WikipediaThe knives are out for Green Lantern, but are the lights? Overall, US critics haven't enjoyed this movie, and the $53m (£33m) opening weekend won't have helped franchise prospects. It's the lowest debut of the summer so far for a superhero movie. Several years ago this would have been a decent opener but, given that the movie reportedly cost Warner Bros around $200m (£124m) to make and market, this simply wasn't good enough.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Green Lantern: 'Green Lantern' wins Friday with $21.6 million

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 31:  Actress Blake Livel...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeAs expected, Green Lantern lit up the box office yesterday: According to early estimates, the emerald-superhero romp grossed $21.6 million. By comparison, Thor — another film about a cosmic superhero without much mainstream name recognition — grossed $25.7 million on its opening day last month. Since reviews haven’t been too kind, I’m betting Lantern will experience a bit of a drop-off on the way to a weekend gross in the area of $55 million. (It also grossed $3.4 million in midnight screenings on Thursday.) It’s hardly a disappointment, although the PG-13 film will have an uphill battle trying to recoup its $200 million budget. It’ll be interesting to whether Lantern‘s foreign grosses can bolster the film’s overall performance. (Never underestimate the cross-cultural appeal of colorful, semi-abstract space battles.)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Green Lantern: Why Hal Jordan Would Make a Terrible Boyfriend

Carol FerrisImage via Wikipedia
Remember when I pointed out all the qualities that would make Thor undate-able? Well, with the release of the Green Lantern movie in less than a week (June 17th), I figured I could probably give Hal Jordan the same kind of treatment. I mean, it's only fair, right? And no, it's not because I can so easily find qualities in the opposite sex deeming them undate-able; it's just that Hal Jordan is just so friggin' easy. No, I don't mean that way...even though he kind of is easy that way too...So here it is! My top four reasons why Hal Jordan (even more-so than Thor) would make a terrible boyfriend!

  • He has multiple-personality disorder...sometimes.
  • He's never home. Ever.
  • Why should Hal settle for just one girlfriend?
  • Do you really want to compete with Carol Ferris?

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Green Lantern: DC Comics Relaunch

Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, written by Wolfm...Image via Wikipedia
The relaunch of DC comics has fans talking. Will this usher in a new era for the classic publisher or just further muddle up their already confusing continuity?

Yes, this article really isn't comic book movie related, but news and talk of this event has been all over enough that I'm sure people won't care. And yes, this is another fan boy rant on the new DC comics relaunch. This was a topic that I was going to avoid seeing how so much has already been written about it, but my friends and I have been talking about it so much that I found that I did have a lot to say on the subject, so here it is.

Well, unless you've been living under a rock, you know that DC made the controversial decision to relaunch their continuity in September, restarting 52 of their titles at issue #1, with updated costumes and origins, modern storytelling, etc. Of course, fans were divided down the middle over this news, but you can't deny one thing...

It got people talking.

All eyes are on DC now as people want to know what will happen to their favorite characters, what events will be retconned, who's origin will be changed, etc. Many have said that it's nothing more than a publicity stunt, which I kind of have to agree with. But if it's a publicity stunt, it's already paying off huge. My friends and I have been talking about this since it was announced, and I have to say, I'm still a little torn on the subject.

I can see a lot of good coming from this event. It's clear that DC wants to use this new continuity to bring in new readers by starting off fresh, giving us stories not bogged down by years of continuity, and this is one thing that excites me. In high school, I was a big comic reader, usually waiting with baited breath for my monthly comics to come out, following them like an old lady follows soap operas. Sadly, college happened and I didn't really have the time or cash to keep up with comics so Wizard Magazine became my window into the comic book world. But Wizard closed it's doors this past winter and I decided that it was a good time as ever to finally dive back into reading comics again, except there was one problem: I had no idea where to begin. Batman, my personal favorite, now had an annoying son now and was leader of a world wide army of Batmen. Wonder Woman had been re-imagined to a street wise last survivor of the Amazons, and now there were multiple Lantern Corps. For the most part I played catch up, but there were still little bits and pieces that I was missing.

When I heard about the DC relaunch, I was kind of excited because it would give me a fresh start back into comics. I was especially excited to read Batman again because I'm not a fan of what Grant Morrison has been doing on the title. I'm sure there's many other fans like myself who want to get back into reading comics but don't know where to start, and this relaunch could help them. The last time DC did something similar to this was after they consolidated their continuity after Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it was a great new beginning for DC. Post-Crisis, we got John Byrne's run on Superman, Batman: Year One, Green Lantern: Emerald Knight, and many other classic stories. Much like post-Crisis, this relaunch could lead to many exciting possibilities for DC, but it could also bring many new problems.

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