5 Ways to Save ‘Green Lantern 2′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 21st, 2013 at 7:30 am, This is a list post.

Green Lantern 2 Movie PlanWe all know it: Green Lantern (2011) missed the mark, and missed it by a mile (read our review, if you must), ultimately stranding any plans for Green Lantern 2 in limbo.The hero might end up getting a second chance alongside the rest of DC's finest in Justice League... if it ever gets made. But we're still convinced (as is DC executive and GL-mastermind Geoff Johns) that the character could work on film, given the right set-up and story.Rather than nitpick every single thing the movie got wrong (we've done that already), we've put together a plan for not only convincing fans that the mistakes of the first movie wouldn't be repeated, but also delivering an adventure worthy of the character, while providing enough mythos for future sequels.Read on for our instructions on How To Save Green Lantern 2 in 5 Easy Steps.

Accept the Origin Story

Green Lantern Movie Origin Story

As much as we'd like to just pretend that the first Green Lantern movie never happened, there's no use re-treading the same material so soon after it was first attempted. And even with the poor descriptions of the mysterious powers behind the green and yellow 'energies' of willpower and fear, the mythology behind the Green Lantern Corps was established in the first film, if not properly explained.So at this point, we have to disagree with those recommending a complete 'reboot' with a new Lantern (say, Kyle Rayner or John Stewart). Those characters have a role in the larger story to come, but there's no mistaking the fact that Silver Age Green Lantern (a time in which the cosmic plotlines were first established) Hal Jordan was the main man. Given that Geoff Johns' Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004) returned us to that point, it makes little sense to follow a completely new path on film.While Spider-Man might be able to endure the same origin story twice in the same decade, Green Lantern hasn't earned the same right. Our advice: now that the stage has been set for a film focused on story, not introduction, pulling a do-over isn't going to please a broader audience. Let's just move on.

Stick With Ryan Reynolds

Green Lantern 2 Ryan ReynoldsThere were plenty of things done horribly wrong with Green Lantern, but casting Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan wasn't one of them. His leadingman status was never in doubt beforehand, but Reynolds' enthusiasm for the story and history of the character was clear from the get-go. Since the film's release, Reynolds has agreed with fan assessments that the movie didn't do justice to the comic, so blaming him for its problems seems like misguided anger.In all honesty, it's hard to think of a safer play for Warner Bros. and DC than sticking with Reynolds as their Jordan - he's the one they brought to the dance, he should be the one they leave with. His current fame as one of the sexiest men on the planet nearly guarantees that almost any movie would do better with him than without.The studio may decide to go with a different actor (and we've got some casting ideas if they do), but if star power can save Green Lantern, there are few bigger - or as interested - as Reynolds. There's no reason to think he'd ignore a strong script or director for the sequel - or an appearance in a Justice League movie, for that matter. That is, if he's not busy with Deadpool by then.

Bring Back Sinestro

Green Lantern 2 Sinestro

Mark Strong's Sinestro hit almost every facet of the character perfectly. For the unfamiliar, his role in the first movie was as one of the Corps' greatest heroes, skeptical of humanity's potential but ultimately more willing to act than the relatively stoic, blue-skinned Guardians. In other words, the exact way we would have hoped.Audiences understanding Sinestro is necessary to make him a strong antagonist, since any good writer will tell you that complicated villains are the best, not 'evil' ones; a fact Strong clearly understood.As the closing moments of Green Lantern show Sinestro embracing the power of fear, and transforming under the yellow ring's influence, it was clear he was being teased as the next villain. We'd prefer a bit more explanation than 'the ring made him bad,' and as fans of the comics know, it's not hard to grow frustrated with those somber Guardians.You don't stall the story by making The Dark Knight (2008) without the Joker - and the same logic applies here. Of course, with the fight taking place so early in our hero's career, battling Sinestro seems like suicide; Hal's going to need some help...

Call in Reinforcements

Green Lantern Movie Guy Gardner John Stewart

We don't need to explain the potential for success that a spin-off Green Lantern: The Corps would have, since we know moviegoers love their team-ups. Strength in numbers is the reason for the Corps' existence, so it's about time Hal Jordan got some backup, and audiences got more characters to relate to.Starting with Guy Gardner: the man also chosen as Lantern of Space Sector 2814, with Hal Jordan's proximity to Abin Sur's ship the only deciding factor (a fact Gardner never let Jordan, or anyone, forget). Gardner's constant wise-cracking would also take the responsibility off of Reynolds, freeing him to focus on the wounded side of Hal Jordan's character.Add former marine and architect John Stewart - the Green Lantern of the Justice League animated series - and address younger viewers while including one of the all-too-few superheroes of color. If both were embraced by audiences, DC has even more options for the future. But what threat could demand the induction of two new human Lanterns?Perhaps the Guardians' mysterious actions coincide with the disappearance of Earth's most infamous villains? Humanity had better prepare itself...

Go To War

Green Lantern Movie Sinestro Corps War

Any comic book fan knows of Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons' "Sinestro Corps War" arc, not only for its impact in the series, but the DC Universe at large. With his Yellow Lantern Corps in tow, Sinestro plans to raze Coast City - Hal Jordan's hometown - as a galaxy-wide monument to the power of fear.A film based around Sinestro's army of psychopaths and murderers (awarded yellow rings for their ability to instill fear) would feature some incredible battles, but also allow Green Lantern 2 to act as glue between DC's movie franchises.Send the rings to recognizable villains from the existing DC movies, as the Earth's heroes are left wondering where their nemeses have escaped to. It would also give us a chance to see one of Sinestro's rings find Bruce Wayne, and the Lantern he might've made before rejecting the call.Obviously, the likes of Superman-Prime or the Anti-Monitor would be omitted from the pitched battle, raging on numerous fronts across the planet, all leading up to a one-on-one fight between Sinestro, Hal Jordan, and his closest friends. The citizens of the new 'Emerald City' refusing to abandon their hero is merely the cherry on top.


Green Lantern 2 Movie PlanWhether Warner Bros. and DC follow our plan, or whether the cast members are willing to return, remains to be seen.But for everyone who claims that there's just no recovering from Green Lantern's failure, and a return to the drawing board is the only solution, we'd repeat our claim that a strong story can still be told with Hal Jordan at its heart. With help from his friends, of course.What are your hopes for the future of Green Lantern? Is a direct sequel what you'd most prefer, or an entirely different take? Leave your thoughts in the comments.-Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. And I want Blake Lively!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on my face …thanks.

  2. Oh my gosh someone from Screen Rant should definitely work on getting these ideas to Warner Bros lol. That team up with John Stewart or Guy Gardner would be so cool. I honestly think Green Lantern has just as much potential as Superman or Batman. He was easily my favorite character on Justice League growing up

  3. i,am game for green lantern 2 bring it on, but maybe add cameo or 2 with other super heroes

  4. I’m one of the Green lantern’s (in particular Hal Jordan) fan that would love to see another GL movie out there.
    In my opinion there were even Batman worst movies out there that didn’t hit the success of the Christopher Nolan Trilogy, actually Batman is on the scene since the 60’s being adapted for TV etc, so it was all build up same as Superman and Wonder Woman.
    I found the character of Hal could be something between Batman and Superman and he could have the best of the both worlds (both have the human side to fight against crime like Batman as to against super powerful entities Superman like)
    Also in the 60’s Hal was a more serious (even than Batman) while the funny one supposed to be the Flash so I see a lot of possibilities to make it really edge.
    My favourite part of the GL movie was the fight against Parallax although it could have had more action scenes (and he was a bit disappointing against Hammond).
    Not sure about scenes on the space all the time with the corps, do we really need another star wars? I would rather go with a Hal as the main guy (a character between Batman and Superman) an interesting story with suspense, great action (Winter Soldier/ Man of Steel like) scenes and a really evil Sinestro.

  5. I really loved the first Green Lantern. Ryan did an awesome job, Mark Strong was a great Sinestro the second one has to have these two stars, Mark Strong and Ryan should be back,and Blake Lively. the first Green Lantern ended with Sinestro putting on the yellow ring and his Green Lantern uniform turned into his war uniform. The whole cast was great in the first one, I can watch it over and over again, the story line needs to be improved, it was on the right track it just wasn’t there yet. That is the way to make the movie strong is if you have the three main characters from the first one and improved story line. NO ONE can portray Sinestro other than Mark Strong because he has the Sinestro attitude.