With pre-production on the upcoming DC/Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of Green Lantern well underway and casting announcements now coming out weekly, there’s a lot of buzz on the web for fans of the emerald knight.
Today we’ll be looking at some little tidbits of information for the movie and its cast coming from interviews with director Martin Campbell and star Ryan Reynolds. We’ll look at how much of the movie will take place in the outer reaches of space, Ryan Reynolds’ thoughts on the casting of co-star and love interest Blake Lively, the origin story the film may follow and who the main villain may be in this movie.
Villains are Bad
With Peter Sarsgaard being brought in to play the character of Dr. Hector Hammond, the suspected main villain of the movie, fans were wondering what role Sinestro (Green Lantern’s main villain in the books) would play. Shortly after the Sarsgaard news, Martin Campbell revealed that Mark Strong was in talks to play Sinestro.
Well, it sounds like we’ll be seeing Sinestro introduced while he’s still a part of the Green Lantern Corps. and set up as the feature villain for the sequel(s).
“I think it will stick closely to the origin story, but we all know Sinestro, for an example, is a character who goes over to the dark side, and of course, Carol, played by Blake Lively, in later versions becomes a bad guy as well. I think people will be able to see forward to the characters that in the comic went on to (become bad guys)… but people will be ahead of us on all that I think.”
I hope it plays out that way as I’d love to see Mark Strong working alongside Ryan Reynolds with the excitement knowing what’s to come between them in the future.
Space, The Final Frontier…
As anyone familiar with the Green Lantern comics will know, the story largely takes place in space due to its intergalactic premise. How much of the movie will explore this setting? MTV asked director Martin Campbell just that:
At the Sundance film festival this weekend, where Ryan Reynolds’ film Buried is screening, the actor fielded some questions from MTV’s Josh Wigler about Green Lantern. One of which were his thoughts on Blake Lively playing Carol Ferris.
“She’s amazing — that girl is nobody’s fool… She came in and, much like everyone else in the film, had to fight for the role and read [for the character]. She did such an amazing job. She’s going to be flawless, she’s going to be perfect.”
Very supportive and professional. Although Lively is not a popular choice amongst fans, in no small part due to her young age, I’m willing to see what she can do and I think it’ll be interesting to see how her character transforms in future films.
The Emerald Dawn Approaches
CHUD spoke with director Martin Campbell and got a good idea of what origin story the live-action adaptation will follow and it sounds like the it’ll be something like the “Emerald Dawn” mini-series of the early nineties. This re-telling of Green Lantern’s origins turned Hal Jordan into less of a hero at first and more of a flawed individual who acquired the powers and responsibility by chance.
I dig the story choice and I think it makes for a more interesting development of the character, especially since Ryan Reynolds is playing Hal.
What do you think of these new items and what would you like to see in the Green Lantern movie?
Director Martin Campbell and his award-winning crew get to work in March on Green Lantern and is scheduled to open June 17, 2011.