When an article has a title that many colons the expectations are high to deliver, so how about footage of Batman fighting Bane and Wonder Woman squaring off against Harley?
When an announced movie moves out of the script stage, and the rumors of who will star settle down, I actually start paying more attention to the press releases, when the director is finally attached.Â Such is the case with the Warner Bros. DC Comics Green Lantern movie, which has just announced Martin Campbell is in negotiations to helm the superhero flick.
The emergence of Campbell, who also helmed two “Zorro” films and the 007 film “GoldenEye,” puts “Green Lantern” at the top of DC properties being set for movie treatment by WB. While the studio is hoping director Chris Nolan will follow its 2008 smash “The Dark Knight” with another Batfilm, DC projects such as Superman and “Justice League” were expected to happen quickly, but have stalled.
The first Zorro film and GoldenEye were both action packed fun flicks, so if Campbell can bring the same intensity and action to Green Lantern without mucking it up, I have hope for Warner Bros. delivering another stellar comic book film.
Over at his blog, screenwriter John August gives a breakdown as to what happened to his Shazam! movie and how the execs at Warner Bros. cancelled the movie.
When we turned the new draft in to the studio, we got a reaction that made me wonder if anyone at Warners had actually read previous drafts or the associated notes. The studio felt the movie played too young. They wanted edgier. They wanted Billy to be older. They wanted Black Adam to appear much earlier.
His first draft, turned in before the writer’s strike, was more of a comedy than the darker, edgier feel Warner Bros. is now targeting for its superhero movies.
Get Smart director Peter Segal has signed a three-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. and the first order of business in the new deal is Captain Marvel.Â The WB has picked up the John August script, with Segal set to direct the adaptation.
He and [Michael] Ewing began working on the film two years ago at New Line, but the property has moved over to WB. Pic tells the story of teenaged Billy Batson, who transforms into the superhero when he says the word “Shazam!”
Why was this film even at New Line to begin with?Â DC and Warner Bros. are going to suffer the same growing pains Marvel did when it was signing over its top properties to 20th Century Fox and Sony.Â Keep it in house guys and you’ll always have something to fall back on.
There’s no start date for shooting set yet, nor has a lead been found.