If you were wondering what was going to happen in the upcoming Green Lantern movie from Warner Bros. look no further than the press release the company sent out.
Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.
The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.
The film is being produced by Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Greg Berlanti (upcoming “Life As We Know It”). Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers. Geoff Johns and Lucienne Papon are co-producing.
The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team is led by a number of Academy Award® winners, including director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and costume designer Ngila Dickson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), as well as Oscar®-nominated editor and longtime Campbell collaborator, Stuart Baird (“Gorillas in the Mist,” “Superman”). The film’s visual effects are being overseen by Oscar®-nominee Kent Houston (“The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen,” “Casino Royale”).
The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Oh dear, they’re doing a Barry Allen. Also not liking the “Humanity = Center of the Universe” aspect. But I’m still excited. DC is finally getting its act together and bringing its characters to the big screen.
This sounds almost exactly like the emerald dawn trade. Which isn’t actually a bad thing.
Hmmm. Parrallax in the first movie? Feels like they’re shooting they’re wad too soon. Pace yourself! Your franchise needs the stamina to go at least 3 times!
With the mention of Hector Hammond in the plot, I was hoping the movie would start at square one with Hal getting the ring and becoming a superhero on Earth, instead of all the universe-saving crap that is all you get in the comics anymore (and the animated film) Hal did not become the “greatest Green Lantern of all” by saving everybody’s ass in his first adventure; he earned it over the years for his services to the Corps and to Earth. Much rather see GL as an earth-based superhero and maybe not even bring in the Corps till the second movie. Well, I guess this is better than making a Jack Black comedy vehicle out of it, but it sounds pretty boring to me. Like Abrams’ STAR TREK, it leaves out the humanity and goes for the shock and awe.
With regards to Star Trek, I thought the new one brought everything all the other lacked, and that’s some balls and some actual action. I was so sick of “Prepare for impact.” *shaky cam and people leaning from side to side*
Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t want a movie that’s solely action with no substance. I want a well rounded and well paced movie. If there’s no action or a little shock and awe then just make it an independent movie and skip the superheroics, or make another Superman movie, that’s pretty much all the last one was.