Although the movie ‘Green Lantern’ wasn’t the big box office draw Warner Bros. had hoped it to be, they are still going through with their plans for a ‘Green Lantern’ sequel. Executives at Warner Bros. felt what was wrong with the movie was not in the concept, but in the execution of the film making. Because of this, they are planning on restyling the sequel.
In an interview with The L.A. Times and Hero Complex, Warner Bros. film group president, Jeff Rubinov said of the ‘Green Lantern’ sequel, “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience. To go forward, we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”
With Rubinov’s buzz words of “edgier” and “darker”, many feel that this sequel may follow the same tone as in ‘The Dark Knight’. Even before the first film was finished in post-production, an outline for ‘Green Lantern 2’ had already been written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim (original writers for the first ‘Green Lantern’ movie) but with this change in direction, it is no doubt that it will probably be significantly altered or may change all together.
One thing the Warner Bros. executives would definitely like to change, according to Hero Complex, is the director, Martin Campbell. Unhappy with his work and the outcome of the ‘Green Lantern’, they hope to find a new director once the sequel is set to go into production. Although Campbell’s contract does have an option for him to direct the sequels, in a press conference in June to promote ‘Green Lantern’, he was asked if he had signed on for a trilogy which he answered, “No. I’ve only just finished this one.”
Warner Bros was hoping to start a franchise with DC comic book superheroes similar to what Marvel Studios has done with ‘Captain America’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Thor’. They had hoped that ‘Green Lantern’ would be their starting point to integrate story lines which would then lead audiences into ‘Flash’, ‘Superman’ and ‘Wonder Women’ with the ultimate ensemble film being ‘Justice League’.
With the onslaught of mega million blockbuster superhero movies to be released in the next 2 years, would making Green Lantern a darker and more edgier character be enough to make audiences want to see it? Warner Bros hopes so, but we won’t find out until 2014.