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. I’d rather see a GL-reboot centered around John Stewart. No need for two Lanterns, allow Reynolds a chance to pass the torch and be done with the franchise.

  2. I’m a Marvel guy but I enjoyed Green Lantern for what it was and I like almost any movie with Ryan Reynolds.. I’m not sure I’d be interested in another Green Lantern movie without Reynolds..

    • +1

    • Umm, @ Enormous Green Rage Monster

      This a topic on SaneSensibleEmeraldColorman.

      Your tread is on another post.


      • @ JEFF W



    • I’m not sure I’d be interested in another Green Lantern movie with Reynolds..

    • I’m so glad that so many people did enjoy the movie as i did, at one time i thought i was the only that enjoyed GL because everyone that i know didn’t like the movie. I really hope they continue with GL and Reynolds.

  3. Avoid the the biggest downfall of the the first film. In 2:30 of runtime you can be an epic space adventure, or a earth based superhero film, but there is not time to be both. Good films focus.

    • Actually they could of pulled off both if they had a bit more faith the film could be a successful trilogy and have a need to pretty much everything up at once. Plus I would of dialed back on the romance story.

  4. It’s time that Warner Bros. give John Stewart his own film. He’s the definitive Green Lantern for this current generation due to the animated series, and I’d like to see his backstory tackled in a reboot. Cast Nate Parker before Marvel makes him the Black Panther.

    • No, no it’s not. It’s time for Warner to learn from its mistakes and give Hal Jordan, the definitive Green Lantern, the movie he deserves.

    • I could be out of touch with the current generation of kids, but I’m guessing Hal Jordan is the most recognized Green Lantern.

      • actually John is more popluar

    • Yeah, no. John Stewart is great and all, but just because he’s used as the token black guy for the cartoons doesn’t make him the definitive GL. In fact, pretty much since GL Rebirth, Hal Jordan has been on FIRE. The comics should always be trusted over any other media. Hal is certainly the definitive Green Lantern. Of this, there can be no doubt.

  5. I didn’t have nearly as many issues with the first movie as some, but this all sounds great to me. As a big Green Lantern fan since I was a kid I can really see this direction paying off.

  6. They advertised the first one so much that you knew it was going to be terrible. They should just can the whole thing.

  7. It just HAD to be a slideshow, didn’t it?

    • Love that NEXT button!

  8. How many years apart should part 2 be from part 1? If the time frame is too short wouldn’t bringing in two addtional human lanterns feel rushed?

  9. A GL reboot about John Stewart.

  10. This is a comic book movie… Meaning its based on the comics. If you dont know the chsracters backstory, you have no readon to be watching this film….

    • You couldn’t be more wrong.
      A film should be able to stand on its own two feet.

      By your logic, people need to have read all the LotR books to watch the movies, and all the Harry Potter books for that franchise’s films.

      if anything, the film should encourage people to read the source material, but it’s not the other way round.

      I’m sure the majority of people who’ve seen The Avengers or TDK trilogy didn’t read any of the comics beforehand.

      • Always a valid and well thought out perspective The Avenger. I agree.

  11. Sounds good, as long as you:

    6. Take the action away from Earth.
    -One of the problems I had with the original was that it felt too Earthbound and small scale to do the Green Lantern story any real justice. Take the fight away from Earth, don’t even go there for the sequel if you can. Make it a massive space opera, like Abrams Star Trek or Star Wars.

    7. Bring in the Green Lantern Corps.
    -Don’t wait to give them their own movie, THIS is their movie. The crowd scene was one of my favorite moments from the original film, but they deserve to be more than voiceless CGI faces. It may be a bit daunting to try and bring in the ENTIRE Corps [given that there are 7200 of them], but you can do more than just Sinestro, Kilowog, and Tomar Re. Build an ensemble cast around Hal, with a few extras playing the background when needed. You can’t do a Sinestro Corps War movie without allowing people to care about the Corps first, and I promise you that the casual moviegoer didn’t get a chance to feel anything for the Green Lantern Corps the first time around. Sinestro Corps should be Green Lantern 3, and Green Lantern 2 should be how we get there. It should highlight the GL Corps, Hal’s relationship with Sinestro, and Sinestro’s fall from grace.

    • That was my thinking before, but now the idea of introducing Guy Gardner, then following him with the Honor Guardians and larger Corps in totally space-based adventures seems like a complement, not a replacement for Hal.

  12. We need Idris Elba as a Green Lamtern!!!!

  13. Acknowledge the first move: YES
    Keep Ryan Reynolds: YES
    Keep Sinestro: YES

    bring in other Lanterns and go to War: NO

    at least not Earth Lanterns. If he needs to team up, do it with the already established Lantern Corp characters. Develop them better and work them in organically. Bringing in John Stewart and Guy Gardner would just clutter things up. Its too much, too soon. I agree that maybe starting with Gardner or Stewart wouldve been better but we got Jordan and we have to stick with it for now. Maybe we can introduce these guys in the third or a Justice League sequel. But for now, just one guy at a time and keep things contained

  14. The next Green Lantern needs to be a buddy cop movie… IN SPAAAACE. Keep Hal Jordan and bring in ether John Stewart or Kyle Rayner as the young Lantern who Jordan is showing the ropes. But for the love of God, Warner, do not reboot GL with a John Stewart. Give Jordan a movie he deserves.

  15. I really hope they change the sfx for the movie. It was downright ridiculous looking. Even the hardlight structures looked comical in the way they were made.

    • And re-watching the movie, you can look at some of the constructs that he makes, and they don’t even appear from his ring. He just throws his fist in a certain direction, and then suddenly a construct forms out of thin air. There was no connection to the ring. In the cartoons and the comics, there was always a green band of sorts connecting the constructs to the ring. Another thing was when he would form gun-like constructs, and when he fired them they would have yellow muzzle flashes. Turn those green, and you’ve already improved the quality of the movie.

        • I might be missing something… But can he seriously make a working flamethrower out of that stuff? like one that somehow defies ALL laws of physics and turns solid green light energy into a flame with no fuel or projection mechanism for said impossible flame/fuel?
          (I could have worked with it being a lazer)

          And maybe I was majorly duped into watching some alternate and even worse version of the movie than the rest of you guys… But what was with him saving a crashing helicopter by making it into a hotwheels car on a track? Why not just go for a simple catchers mitt?

          • > But what was with him saving a crashing helicopter by making it into a hotwheels car on a track? Why not just go for a simple catchers mitt?

            The point was it was his first emergency use of the ring and that’s all he could think of at the time. Obviously he should have thought of something better, but he couldn’t. I thought that part was clever, showed both his ingenuity and his weakness at the same time.

  16. Also they need to tone down the CGI. While I have seen worse they need to make him a suit and an actual mask.

    • Bingo. I actually didn’t mind the way they showed energy flowing from his chest out to the ring when using it, but the mask proved it was a broken approach.

      • The CGI suit was too much. A good idea but it just didn’t work. Go for a practical suit that can be heavily altered with special effects to achieve the “energy suit” look.

  17. Green Lantern needs a soft reboot. Man of Steel is treating Superman as earth’s first contact and the catalyst of a new DC universe. Everything GL did will contradict MoS. It already negates MoS alien first contact angle and it’s a completely different tone and style that does not fit in the world they are building.

    Robin John Blake could fit in the new universe with intro of aliens and alien technology allowing more fantastical elements from the comics and give us the more comic Batman while staying true to everything That has been built. But Reynold’s GL simply does not work. They can bring back Reynolds but a soft reboot is mandatory for the the universe to work.

    • Can you elaborate on what you mean by “soft reboot” exactly?

      • I consider Incredible Hulk a soft reboot. In a way it works as a sequel but at the same time it’s still a new interpretation of the character.

        Honestly, i’m still of the opinion that a JL film should be a seperate 3 part film not part of a larger universe. Basically the Lord of the Rings with superheroes. But if they are going to make MoS the foundation for a new film, than the subsequent movies need to be of a similiar tone where they feel like they can co-exist. IMO Reynold’s GL does not fit in this world.

        I could see Robin John Blake working if WB feels the need to have familiarity established, which IMO makes the most sense since any rebooted Batman would instantly draw comparison’s to Bale if they use MoS as a template for DC movies. A combination of Dick Grayson as Batman, Terry Mcguiniss(?) and classic Batman to bring about the more fantasical side of Bamtman due to aliens and alien tech. Just how Bale’s Batman changed Gotham with a new breed of criminals (i.e. The Joker), Superman will change the world with a new breed of superheroes and supervillains.

        • Stop it with TDK continuities. Its beating a dead horse.

  18. At this point I don’t think it matters what they do with GL. He’s a second tier character behind Superman & Batman in the eyes of WB, & they aren’t interested in those right now. I’m shocked the first GL got made, but it did, & bombed, so now WB is even more skiddish on any sequels.

    DC needs a Joss W./Kevin F. type in charge. Heck, even Fox has a frontman in Millner, as much as they and he suck, at least they have somebody, a frontman so to speak, somebody in charge.

    WB/DC though has nobody in that role which speaks more to them being a joke than a legitimate superhero movie making studio.

    • Zack Snyder? (assuming Man of Steel does well)

      • That might be a great idea. Snyder def loves his comics books (Watchmen, 300). He actually wanted to keep the Supe’s red briefs but it was the studio who said they needed to go.

        • @Ignur Rant

          That was somthing i did not know. Thanks for sharing that.

  19. I think Ryan did what he could with Hal but I thought they looked too much into the irresponsibility in Hal. Hal Jordan was also militaristic and respectful and I thought that almost none of these things were present in the Green Lantern movie. However I did not watch the whole thing because I left the theater. I think a reboot is necessary because 1 the suit was horrible, 2 Ryan Reynolds wasn’t the best choice, 3 Sinestro wasn’t the main enemy.

  20. John Stewart as Green Lanterns Go, is not even the second best Lantern.

    Hal Jordan The Best
    Alan Scott The Original
    Guy Gardner He is a Bad ass
    Kyle Rayner Technically, the most powerful. If you think about his profession.
    And then John Stewart Is Good, but his training as a Marine makes him more unpredictable

  21. As long as RR makes a Deadpool movie in my lifetime, I don’t care if he does another Green Lantern movie.

  22. rr was good as green lantern just that main villain was kinda lame

    • Good news man, you only have two strikes 😉
      (Most people actually considered the latest version of the Hulk a rousing success)

      • I think he meant The Incredible Hulk movie.

        • If that’s the case, then he must be on of the 8 people who hasn’t heard of The Avengers yet 😉

    • I agree that people seem to be too harsh on comic book movies. I loved X-Men 3 and Incredible Hulk, and I have a whole article in defense of the Green Lantern movie. As an obsessed Green Lantern fan, I thought it was great. Not “Dark Knight” great, but still a great jumping off point. When I read everybody hating on it after I saw it, I was perplexed at the amount of hate…

    • Yes! I’m surprised people hate x3 so much. Good action, story and acting. Dramatic as hell when prof x died too. Killing off main characters are usually a no go, but since it was the last of the trilogy, I thought it just raised the stakes.

  23. What WB should do is a team-up movie with Flash and Green Lantern.

  24. If they do a Green Lantern 2 they have to stick with Hal, if they go straight to john stewart or anyone else there not much back story!

  25. I think under the circumstances, Reynolds did a pretty good job, and if given a second chance, could do even better.
    Bringing in John Stewart would be good also, but I think DC should first take another shot with Reynols as GL (if only that Justice League movie can get any traction “().

    • Totally agree, it wasn’t him as an actor that ruined the film it was the story’s direction and dialogue, at the end of the day its the script that made the movie bad. Reynolds couldn’t do anything about it, he needs another shot with a stronger story. Also the outfit wasnt too bad!

      • He really is the exact kind of actor that comic book fans usually cry out for whenever an adaptation is being planned.

        Famous, Funny, a big fan of the comic books, no stranger to comic book/niche properties, and likable to nearly everyone.

        • Funny is fine in general, but with Reynolds as GL, but to me he has a permanent silly grin-type quality to his face that directly undermines any attempt to make his GL dramatic. A good choice for Flash, maybe, and I thought that he was OK as Deadpool, but for GL to really work a more seriously-calibrated actor is needed.

    • but Ryan Reynolds was never suited for the role he is more The Flash than Green Lantern.

      • Agreed. Wally West all the way.

  26. Id prefer to wait till after MOS does before i give my 2 cents in about GL’s next movie. I know WB don’t care about DC characters as much as Marvel does. If they did, they’d put more effort into Green Lantern, & gave us somthing else besides Jonah Hex & The Losers or Halle Berry’s Catwoman.

  27. I don’t think Green Lantern 2 will ever happen – that’s no recovering from that much negativity. I would dig seeing Reynolds play Hal in a supporting role however. That has a ton of potential.

    • Ghost Rider, Daredevil, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Batman, and Superman all had terrible movies that people love to hate and criticize to this day. But all of them eventually got either sequels, reboots, or came close to being re-imagined by new people.

      It might not warrant another $100 million budget right away, but GL is one of the five heroes DC has at its top. I think we’re seeing him again, whether in a standalone movie first or part of a team-up.

      • The difference is that all those movies made money. Ghost Rider, for as terrible as it was, made money. Green Lantern – which, according to some reports, actually cost $300 million or more – was a terrible financial failure the likes of which few superhero blockbusters have ever seen. The only way Warner Bros. will ever green-light another Green Lantern movie is if he absolutely steals the show in a Justice League movie, sort of like Hulk in The Avengers. Even then, though, they might just assume he works better as a team player.

        • I don’t think the actors will like this idea as much as us fans but the Lantern Corps are a part of the JL universe and they HAVE to be involved… but who says they have to be a LARGE role? 20 or 30 minutes total of screen time is all they need in a JL U movie. They don’t need to be main characters. But like I said, I can’t see Mr Reynolds agents and marketing team allowing him to play another Wade Wilson and only be there for 10 lines or less and then get replaced by another actor. Don’t just bring back Hal, but bring in the Corps to help fight the big baddy at the end. They do need to exist. But let them exist in their own films or just for a known caliber in the JL U.