Things are starting to churn over at Warner Brothers in regard to its slate of DC Comics movies. Yesterday, Dwayne Johnson and screenwriter Hiram Garcia posted updates regarding the ‘Shazam!’ movie. Now news has surfaced for the ‘Green Lantern Corps’ movie, due in 2020.Photo credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
The big news is that the film has landed two screenwriters, which may or may not make fans happy. First up is David S. Goyer. On the plus side, he worked on the scripts for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy and developed NBC’s series ‘Constantine’. He is also attached to the new series ‘Krypton’ and the ‘Sandman’ movie. On the minus side, he also wrote the scripts for ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman V Superman‘, as well as ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance‘. So this could go either way.
Goyer will be working with Justin Rhodes, who may not be a well-known name yet. He wrote and directed the 2008 film ‘Contract Killers’ and wrote the screenplay for the small 2012 comedy ‘Grassroots’ which starred Tom Arnold, Jason Biggs, and Lauren Ambrose.
As far as ‘Green Lantern Corps’, Warner Brothers revealed that the film would be “Lethal Weapon in space,” and as was previously rumored, would focus on Hal Jordan and John Stewart, the two most prominent Earth-bound Green Lanterns. Generally, Hal is depicted as something of a cocky hotshot, while ex-Marine John is more by-the-numbers. Though they frequently work well together in the comics, it might be fun to see them not getting along in their early days.
Hal Jordan was the lead character in the ill-fated 2011 ‘Green Lantern’ movie, with Ryan Reynolds playing the title hero. John is best known for his prominent role in the ‘Justice League’ cartoon series.
Beyond that, nothing is known. In the 2011 movie, Hal battled villain Hector Hammond, while his erstwhile mentor Sinestro was teased as being the main villain in the sequel, which never materialized. It would make sense to bring Sinestro forward as the main bad guy, but another option could be Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns.
While we have screenwriters, no director has been announced as taking the lead on this film. Regardless, it is scheduled for release on July 24, 2020.
What do you think? Is a ‘Lethal Weapon’ approach right for ‘Green Lantern Corps’? How do you feel about Goyer working with a relative newcomer on the script?