No single individual has done more to define Green Lantern for the modern era than DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, so it’s no surprise to learn that he is keeping a close eye on the development of the upcoming Green Lantern film. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Johns described his most recent set visit and his overall impressions of the film so far.
Discussing everything from the look of the film to Ryan Reynolds’ performance as Hal Jordan, Geoff Johns had nothing but positive things to say.
“The movie looks fantastic. I’m heading back down to New Orleans in a few weeks, but I just watched the Abin Sur/Hal Jordan dailies, and it’s amazing seeing that ring passed to Hal in live action. Abin Sur looks kick-ass.
They did such a great job. They’ve got Grant [Major] as a production designer. He’s from “Lord of the Rings,” and the visuals on this film are nothing like you could imagine. It’s definitely a Green Lantern fan’s dream. For me, it’s kind of insane to see this stuff come to life.
And Ryan Reynolds is a perfect Hal Jordan. He brings a lot of humor to it, but he also has the humanity that Hal has. And a little bit of the arrogance, so it’s a great match.”
After a panel at this past weekend’s Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, I was able to speak with Johns briefly about Reynolds’ performance, and he again offered praise. Johns cited Reynolds’ longtime love for the character and sense of humor as two elements that are helping to define his performance.
Interestingly, in the interview Johns did not mention his thoughts on the recent news that Green Lantern’s costume would be entirely computer generated. However, in discussing the news recently on Twitter, he enthusiastically remarked “The rumor is that Ryan’s #GreenLantern uniform will be CGI — hell, yeah it will be! Generated from his ring in Ivan Reis-like glory!! :)” (For non-comic book readers, Ivan Reis is a DC comics artist who most recently illustrated Geoff Johns’ popular Green Lantern series, Blackest Night.)
Frankly, I have never been a huge Green Lantern fan, but I have to say that everything I’m hearing about this movie has me excited. With Reynolds anchoring the cast (which also includes the terrific Mark Strong as Sinestro) and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell behind the camera, it’s hard to see how the movie could go wrong.
What do you think of Johns’ remarks? Where does Green Lantern fit on your most-anticipated movies list?