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Green Lantern director

02.04.2009

It looks like Warner Bros. is finally getting serious about GREEN LANTERN. Or at least as serious as CASINO ROYALE.

The studio has brought in two-time Bond relauncher Martin Campbell to direct their big-budget flick about the DC Comics hero who really hates yellow. Campbell has demonstrated aptitude with both character and action (GOLDENEYE, THE MASK OF ZORRO), which would seem to make him a sensible selection.

Screenwriters Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green have all been trying to come up with imaginative objects for Lantern to fabricate with his ring. Last we heard, the script was an epic sci-fi deal that revolved around Hal Jordan and his place in the Green Lantern Corps (and not the comedic take expected when Jack Black was involved).

The movie is apparently a priority for WB (along with JONAH HEX), but we should probably keep in mind that JUSTICE LEAGUE was as well, and that never materialized. Perhaps for the best.

Extra Tidbit: Let the casting conjecture commence!
Source: Variety

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12:28AM on 02/11/2009

Casting Choice

I think Jon Hamm could pull the look off of Hal Jordan quite nicely...
I think Jon Hamm could pull the look off of Hal Jordan quite nicely...
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3:50AM on 02/06/2009
Star Trek (original) was very complex and didn't start with an origin story.

Star Wars could be consider the origin story of Luke Skywalker, but there's a lot going on that we are just thrown in the middle of it.

I don't think an origin story is totally necessary, and my biggest problem with it is: The more you try to explain how the ring works the less believable the movie will be.

Jordan's character should be like Gandalf. They just are. Jordan can just be this great presence who
Star Trek (original) was very complex and didn't start with an origin story.

Star Wars could be consider the origin story of Luke Skywalker, but there's a lot going on that we are just thrown in the middle of it.

I don't think an origin story is totally necessary, and my biggest problem with it is: The more you try to explain how the ring works the less believable the movie will be.

Jordan's character should be like Gandalf. They just are. Jordan can just be this great presence who can do great things with his mind... we don't need to know how we learned to do all of that
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1:42AM on 02/06/2009

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If they're still using the script that LationReview used then yes part of the film would be an origin story. Which to me seems like a wise decision because GL is a pretty complex character and I think they'd run the risk of isolating and confusing a lot of the casual audience unless they included some sort of backstory, in which case they might as well go with the origin.
If they're still using the script that LationReview used then yes part of the film would be an origin story. Which to me seems like a wise decision because GL is a pretty complex character and I think they'd run the risk of isolating and confusing a lot of the casual audience unless they included some sort of backstory, in which case they might as well go with the origin.
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11:49PM on 02/05/2009

casting, casting, casting...

I've heard a lot of good pitches, but nothing that really hits the spot. Nathan, maybe Guy, even Will... Nothing just perfect. Hal HAS to be perfectly cast or this movie (and franchise? please?) won't have the right feel.
I've heard a lot of good pitches, but nothing that really hits the spot. Nathan, maybe Guy, even Will... Nothing just perfect. Hal HAS to be perfectly cast or this movie (and franchise? please?) won't have the right feel.
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11:47PM on 02/05/2009
This movie is going to rock!
This movie is going to rock!
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6:58PM on 02/05/2009
2 things I would this movie to do:

- Don't make it an origin movie. I want a mature, experienced and skilled Hal Jordan. Leave the origin movie for maybe in the future a movie about a different Green Lantern (Stewart, Gardner or Rayner)

- Don't cast by looks but someone that can really act and play good and evil. My choice would be Barry Pepper.
2 things I would this movie to do:

- Don't make it an origin movie. I want a mature, experienced and skilled Hal Jordan. Leave the origin movie for maybe in the future a movie about a different Green Lantern (Stewart, Gardner or Rayner)

- Don't cast by looks but someone that can really act and play good and evil. My choice would be Barry Pepper.
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3:12PM on 02/05/2009

Good.

I'm glad that the WB is getting this one moving. I'm not sure who I would prefer to play Hal Jordan though. Ryan Gosling is a name that I've heard mentioned, and I think that he'd do a pretty great job. Nathan Fillion would of course be my fanboy pick, but realistically I think that Ryan Gosling would be great for the role.
I'm glad that the WB is getting this one moving. I'm not sure who I would prefer to play Hal Jordan though. Ryan Gosling is a name that I've heard mentioned, and I think that he'd do a pretty great job. Nathan Fillion would of course be my fanboy pick, but realistically I think that Ryan Gosling would be great for the role.
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3:09PM on 02/05/2009
Awesome man! This should be epic in every way. Campbell is an interesting choice. As for casting...I would definitely love to see Nathan Fillion in the role. He has the looks, charisma, grit and humor to pull it off. Not sure if his star is bright enough for it though. It could definitely be a plumb role for just about any leading man willing to try his hand in the genre.
Awesome man! This should be epic in every way. Campbell is an interesting choice. As for casting...I would definitely love to see Nathan Fillion in the role. He has the looks, charisma, grit and humor to pull it off. Not sure if his star is bright enough for it though. It could definitely be a plumb role for just about any leading man willing to try his hand in the genre.
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1:16PM on 02/05/2009

Wel...

...I think this would make a better animated movie. Some things just don't transition from comic to real as well as they transfer from comic to cartoon/CGI.
...I think this would make a better animated movie. Some things just don't transition from comic to real as well as they transfer from comic to cartoon/CGI.
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8:22AM on 02/05/2009
I'll be interested to see how this one pans out - whether they can translate this into live action without Green Lantern's powers looking sort of 'goofy'.
Will be a tricky one to get right I reckon.
I'll be interested to see how this one pans out - whether they can translate this into live action without Green Lantern's powers looking sort of 'goofy'.
Will be a tricky one to get right I reckon.
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7:00AM on 02/05/2009
This is pretty good news for DC comics especially since the only comic that seems to be doing anything for them on screen is Batman. Campbell is a great choice as director, all thats needed is a good choice as Jordan and i think we'll have a good action flick.

Personally i agree with Nathan Fillion as Jordan but unfortunetly i dont think WB will think him to be a big enough star, he's easily my fanboy choice though.

Lets hope this one doesnt fall through like soo many other DC projects.
This is pretty good news for DC comics especially since the only comic that seems to be doing anything for them on screen is Batman. Campbell is a great choice as director, all thats needed is a good choice as Jordan and i think we'll have a good action flick.

Personally i agree with Nathan Fillion as Jordan but unfortunetly i dont think WB will think him to be a big enough star, he's easily my fanboy choice though.

Lets hope this one doesnt fall through like soo many other DC projects.
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6:31AM on 02/05/2009
Perfect in my book!
Perfect in my book!
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4:48AM on 02/05/2009

damn...

this post is filled with green!

i've said many times before in joblo, i prefer a GL movie to be made, than any other DC character.

And looks like Warner is in the right direction.

Woo hoo ... bring it on!!
this post is filled with green!

i've said many times before in joblo, i prefer a GL movie to be made, than any other DC character.

And looks like Warner is in the right direction.

Woo hoo ... bring it on!!
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2:51AM on 02/05/2009
Double post...?
Double post...?
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2:48AM on 02/05/2009
Nathan Fillion would be great for this role.
Nathan Fillion would be great for this role.
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2:46AM on 02/05/2009
I've always been more of a Marvel fan than a DC one, however the one DC character I really got into was Green Lantern.

I'm kind of mixed about Campbell. Up until Casino Royale, I honestly didn't think he was that great of a director. His films were cool action flicks but not much else, however Casino's made me reassess that maybe it was the script that was lacking in a lot of those other films rather than his talent as a director. I think that Edge of Darkness, his upcoming film with mel
I've always been more of a Marvel fan than a DC one, however the one DC character I really got into was Green Lantern.

I'm kind of mixed about Campbell. Up until Casino Royale, I honestly didn't think he was that great of a director. His films were cool action flicks but not much else, however Casino's made me reassess that maybe it was the script that was lacking in a lot of those other films rather than his talent as a director. I think that Edge of Darkness, his upcoming film with mel Gibson and Ray Winstone will convince me for sure one way or another. He also made that film for Warner Bros. and they must have been pretty impressed to hand him such a major project.

I think the success of Iron Man has finally helped convince DC that even films based on characters the general public is not familiar with can succeed, as long as they're well-made.

As far as casting, a while back there was a rumor floating around about the studio wanting Ryan Gosling. He's been for a couple of years now. I also think Aaron Eckhart would be a good choice, and he's already expressed interest in the role.
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1:15AM on 02/05/2009
With Martin Campbell directing consider me in.
With Martin Campbell directing consider me in.
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1:02AM on 02/05/2009

Yesssss

Hot damn, I'm excited!
Hot damn, I'm excited!
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12:58AM on 02/05/2009

Yesssss

Hot damn, I'm excited!
Hot damn, I'm excited!
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12:54AM on 02/05/2009

awesomeness

Guy Pearce as Hal Jordan would be sweet
Guy Pearce as Hal Jordan would be sweet
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12:33AM on 02/05/2009

Terrific!

Well colour my ass excited! A fantastic choice for a director and I have complete confidence in this project so far.
Well colour my ass excited! A fantastic choice for a director and I have complete confidence in this project so far.
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12:32AM on 02/05/2009
let's hope it focuses on Guy Gardener!!
let's hope it focuses on Guy Gardener!!
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12:16AM on 02/05/2009

super Green

Big fan of the comic - but I'm skeptic that the live-action version of a giant green hammer coming out from a ring will look cool to anyone but us fans
Big fan of the comic - but I'm skeptic that the live-action version of a giant green hammer coming out from a ring will look cool to anyone but us fans
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12:12AM on 02/05/2009
Oh man! Way to score a great director!!

Now I will accept no less than Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan.
Oh man! Way to score a great director!!

Now I will accept no less than Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan.
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12:05AM on 02/05/2009
OOo...i'm not much of a Green Lanturn fan but I admit he's an interesting character and landing Martin Campbell for director definitely has me interested.
OOo...i'm not much of a Green Lanturn fan but I admit he's an interesting character and landing Martin Campbell for director definitely has me interested.
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12:03AM on 02/05/2009

Oh My.....lets hope!

I sure hope this will all come together in short order, so they can get the ball rollin'-picks for Hal Jordan?..I posted somewhere on JoBlo before I think Paul Rudd would work..and...don't laugh ; ) Will Arnett! got the height and looks for it at least. + Will needs a major breakout character to happen soon.
I sure hope this will all come together in short order, so they can get the ball rollin'-picks for Hal Jordan?..I posted somewhere on JoBlo before I think Paul Rudd would work..and...don't laugh ; ) Will Arnett! got the height and looks for it at least. + Will needs a major breakout character to happen soon.
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11:58PM on 02/04/2009

Great choice

Campbell back to sci-fi 15 years after Absolom, this time with a real budget? And with a real, serious (ie non "part jokes, part 'splosions, all cop-out" a la Iron Man) script? Count me in!
Campbell back to sci-fi 15 years after Absolom, this time with a real budget? And with a real, serious (ie non "part jokes, part 'splosions, all cop-out" a la Iron Man) script? Count me in!
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