‘Green Lantern’ More Like ‘Iron Man’ than ‘Batman Begins’

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Steve ‘Interview Machine’ Weintraub over at Collider had a chance to speak with Green Lantern director Martin Campbell recently, and had the good sense to ask Campbell the one question that really matters most regarding Green Lantern, in terminology that fanboys (and girls) everywhere will surely understand:

Will Green Lantern be more like Iron Man in tone, or are they looking to be the next Batman Begins/Dark Knight?

For those who don’t yet speak geek: the whole Iron Man / Batman debate came about when both Iron Man and The Dark Knight were released in the summer of 2008. Both films were hugely popular (and lucrative) and naturally fans wanted to argue franchise was better.

One side claimed Iron Man was superior because it was ‘a light and fun superhero adventure,’ while others claimed the stylistic approach to  Batman Begins and The Dark Knight was better because it made comic book movies ‘complex, serious and realistic.’

Flash-forward to 2010, where Batman Begins and Iron Man have been firmly established as two ends of the superhero origin movie spectrum. Regarding where Green Lantern fits into that spectrum (see what I did there?), Campbell had this to say:

“It will be much more in the tone of Iron Man. It’s got to be. Certainly not Batman Begins, which is a pretty dark movie. No, he’s the Hal Jordan character who’s the sort of shoot from the hip, irresponsible kind of cocky test pilot if you will. In fact, the character seems to be the least likely to be chosen as Green Lantern.  Well, of course that’s the fun of it. So no, it’ll be much more like Iron Man. So it’ll have one foot in reality if you see what I mean.”

To elaborate on that point, Campbell added this:

“…he’s a psychological character. His powers are psychological.   They’re to do with will and the enemy is fear and so on and so forth…So he’s a much more complex character and also again…it’s the only superhero to go to another planet, so you’re creating at least another world…How do you create the lamp? What’s the origin of the lamp? You’ve got the guardians. You’ve got the central battery. You’ve got all this stuff that you’ve got to deal with, you know?”

There’s much, much, more to what Campbell had to say about his vision and approach to Green Latern, but you’ll have to go HERE to read it.

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I’m not going to rant much on this – I’ll just say that I agree with how Campbell views Hal Jordan: the character does have a lot of Tony Stark character traits. However, the ‘fear is the enemy’ part is equally crucial to the story of Green Lantern, and in my opinion, the movie (or later installments) must absolutely have moments that are as scary or heavy as Nolan’s Batman films – if only because those are the dark moments Hal Jordan must overcome to display his true heroism. The moments that will make us, the audience, clap and cheer.

Read the rest of that Collider interview and let me know what you think about all this. Are you happy Green Lantern will follow in the vein of Iron Man?

Green Lantern is slated to hit theaters on June 17, 2011.

Source: Collider

Artwork Source: Green Lantern: Secret Origin (by Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis)

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  1. This is awesome news. I now have a good feeling about this movie. I agree completely with Campbell/

  2. this movie better hope its even close to either movie to be taken serious.

  3. I'm only familiar with Green Lantern in a general way, but if they can get an Iron Man thing going on, that sounds fine to me. I think there can be room in that format for very dramatic moments, without being almost relentlessly bleak like the recent Batman movies (which I also enjoyed, btw).

  4. I'm a little worried about these statements. Hal Jordan being an arrogant, cocksure ladies man kinda guy sounds a bit too much like Tony Stark. I mean, I wouldn't think WB would want to invite that kind of comparison unless they want us to believe they were following Marvel's lead exactly. Sure those are just some similarities, but there are also similarities between Thor and Wonder Woman, and Captain America and Superman. I would hope WB would try to make their movies as different as possible from the competition, not follow them.

    Frankly, I would have preferred the disenfranchised but ever-risk-taking Hal Jordan from New Frontier.

  5. The idea that Iron Man didn't have those dark moments is fundamentally flawed in itself. Did no one else see the first 30 minutes of the movie?

  6. I'm surprised I don't see Greenknight commenting anywhere in here yet about this.

  7. Maybe it is the wording… “How do you create the lamp? What’s the origin of the lamp? You’ve got the guardians. You’ve got the central battery. You’ve got all this stuff that you’ve got to deal with, you know?””

    All of this is covered in the comics…why try to reinvent it…? You do not have to deal with it per se. You do not have to twist it to your vision.

    For crying out loud if people can accept organic web shooting from a persons wrist, an alien from another planet with powers greater then any normal man, a man that dresses up as a bat, an alcoholic (it will come) flying around in a mutilbillion dollar tin can.. they can “accept” little blue men that have created Central Power Battery which is the reservoir of power for the emotional spectrum of willpower, and channels the energy used to empower the Green Lantern Corps.

    There is stuff we dont understand… to say there are protectorates of the universe on a scale of the GLC is not far fetched (esp if you are watching a movie of this ilk to begin with) . To compare it to an intergalactic police force is quite simple.

    Why havent we seen the GL before? Well the human race is hardy… there has not been a worldwide cataclysmic event to garner the interests of the intergalactic police force……until now…

  8. I prefer The Dark Knight over Iron Man, but I still enjoyed Iron Man. I can see Ryan Reynolds being a little Tony Stark-ish. I'm sure it'll be funny, but hopefully the sequel will be darker. They don't have to really stay in one direction with it, you know? I think it'd be cool like that, and I think it sounds like they're going to do this right. DC needs another franchise to run up against Iron Man and X-Men and I think this will be it for them. They just need to market this when it gets closer to release so everyone will want to see it and not just us fanboys (and girls)

  9. I'm sick of these of dark superhero movies, I would much rather sit and watch Iron Man and enjoy, than watch The Dark Knight and want to cut myself afterwards.

    Dark Kinght took it too far, there is more hope in a Saw movie!!!! And as for it being realistic, yeah it was, far too much. I want my comic book movies to be comic book movies, not drowned of any form of colour.

    A time will come when people will be sick of the darker movies and might want a slightly lighter take, Superman perhaps.

  10. Well IMO Batman is dark… Iron Man is not. Green Lantern while not dark had his issues with Parallax that showed a differnet side of the character.

    There are stages in certain characters that are more profound then others. I can live with a dark Batman. A constant dark GL? No way.

  11. I already have a pretty firm idea that DC/WB will be incorporating the more modern GL mythology established by Geoff Johns into these films.

    If you haven't read: “Green Lantern: Rebirth”, “Green Lantern: Secret Origin”, or “The Sinestro Corps War” you really need to. They catapult GL to a whole new level of awesome. Seriously.

    In Johns' mythos, there is a spectrum of emotions in the universe and green is the balanced, rational force of willpower that can basically overcome any other emotion. Especially fear (which is yellow).

    Hal Jordan is a guy who watched his father (his hero) die and that was his worst fear in life. After that, he is fearless, reckless and cocky, and that is why he is chosen to wear the ring. He learns to remain fearless, but becomes more tactical and humble. It's a really good story arch.

  12. I think Campbell was referring to who Hal Jordan is at the outset as being somewhat Starkish. Like Iron Man, GL does have heavy moments, but the character himself (when done right) always has this swagger and confidence which translates into his unique power over the ring.

    I'm saying in later installments with Sinestro and the yellow rings (which are powered by fear) there will need to be some darker moments. They've been pretty awesome in the comic books.

    @Beckett LOL. Maybe we should check twice before allowing you to see any more PG-13 movies. Don't want you having nightmares.

  13. DrSam

    you're the only one that wants to “cut themselves” after watching the dark knight. Your hatred for the success of TDK makes you take things a little too far with your exaggerations.

  14. “hatred for the success of TDK” Uh not quite true to be honest mate. I didnt think it was the best movie ever made by a long stretch, the only reason I might have for thinking negatively towards its success is this; the studio and Hollywood now think that 'dark' superhero movies are the ones that make money, and that means they will not make another Superman movie becuase it wont be enough like the TDK to make any money.

  15. To be honest Kofi, I am still surprised that TDK was a PG-13 or a 12 in the UK where I live. It is equally as violent as the Burton Batman and they had a higher certificate.

    And my nightmares would scare you.

  16. I agree with some of what you said, except the slit your wrists part lol… since TDK everyone wants to compare a movie to TDK. It has to be dark or have dark overtones!
    That works for Batman who is a physiologically disturbed character, dealing with criminals form an asylum! But not with Spiderman, Superman, Captain America etc…

    Thats why I think spiderman 1 & 2 were some of the best of the comic book genre for there balance in light heartedness and serious comic book action!

    With regards to green lantern I can see the similarities with Robert Downeys jr “tony stark” But still feel he should be his own character and not some playboy. It really depends on who the actor is and weather he makes the role “his own” like downey did with Ironman.

  17. DrSam

    there will be Superman movies in the future that will make plenty of money and they don't have to be dark. Just be patient my friend.

  18. DrSam

    you're the only one that wants to “cut themselves” after watching the dark knight. Your hatred for the success of TDK makes you take things a little too far with your exaggerations.

  19. “hatred for the success of TDK” Uh not quite true to be honest mate. I didnt think it was the best movie ever made by a long stretch, the only reason I might have for thinking negatively towards its success is this; the studio and Hollywood now think that 'dark' superhero movies are the ones that make money, and that means they will not make another Superman movie becuase it wont be enough like the TDK to make any money.

  20. To be honest Kofi, I am still surprised that TDK was a PG-13 or a 12 in the UK where I live. It is equally as violent as the Burton Batman and they had a higher certificate.

    And my nightmares would scare you.

  21. I agree with some of what you said, except the slit your wrists part lol… since TDK everyone wants to compare a movie to TDK. It has to be dark or have dark overtones!
    That works for Batman who is a physiologically disturbed character, dealing with criminals form an asylum! But not with Spiderman, Superman, Captain America etc…

    Thats why I think spiderman 1 & 2 were some of the best of the comic book genre for there balance in light heartedness and serious comic book action!

    With regards to green lantern I can see the similarities with Robert Downeys jr “tony stark” But still feel he should be his own character and not some playboy. It really depends on who the actor is and weather he makes the role “his own” like downey did with Ironman.

  22. DrSam

    there will be Superman movies in the future that will make plenty of money and they don't have to be dark. Just be patient my friend.

  23. I think they're doing the right thing so far. The first movie, at least, should be a light-hearted and fun, but also well-written, movie, just like Iron Man. It's in later sequels that the franchise should get a bit darker. How long did it take for the comics to get to the Blackest Night, after all? :)

    The only thing I hope they don't do, is mistake Hal Jordan for just another Tony Stark. They are definitely different characters. Tony Stark is a LOT more whimsical and fun-loving. Hal Jordan is just a stubborn, devil-may-care kinda pilot, just like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, really.

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