Industry Insiders Bash ‘Green Lantern’ in Defense of Blake Lively

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green lantern movie reception Industry Insiders Bash Green Lantern in Defense of Blake Lively

With mixed reaction to its first trailer and negative feedback for the title character’s CGI costume, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s big screen introduction to Green Lantern may have some challenges to overcome in bringing their Emerald Knight to mainstream audiences.

Fortunately, Green Lantern has all the financial support it needs and more importantly, talent to back it up. Starring alongside Ryan Reynolds is Blake Lively as Carol Ferris. New York Magazine’s Vulture column put up a feature a few days ago about Green Lantern and her future as a Hollywood superstar, asking industry “insiders” about their thoughts on her career thus far, and her potential going forward. While no one was named, several agents and managers shared their thoughts on Lively, a few making a point to talk about Green Lantern… in a rather negative fashion.

After discussing her role in Gossip Girl and her strong performance in The Town, the article movies into the “What Hollywood Thinks” section, where they reference Lively’s biggest role to date, and only currently confirmed upcoming performance, as the leading lady in Green Lantern – Here is the paragraph we’re looking at:

And both are also quick to say that should the forthcoming Green Lantern flop (and it’s been a troubled production), it won’t hurt Lively much. Says the manager, “Whatever the mistakes were with Green Lantern, she needs to not react to them and do an indie movie just because a big superhero movie didn’t work. It’s always about the role and the director. The hotter the person, the easier it is, and she’s very hot right now.” The agent adds, “Even though Green Lantern is supposed to be terrible, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to do extremely well and enhance her foreign value. Clash of the Titans was horrendous, but it didn’t slow down Sam Worthington any.”

The author(s) indicate that the film has been a “troubled production,” followed by the agent and manager discussing the “mistakes” with Green Lantern and how it’s “supposed to be terrible.” And with a cherry on top, it’s compared to Clash of the Titans, Warner Bros.’ poorly received (critically) summer blockbuster that went through the infamously rushed post-conversion 3D process. As far as I know, none of these involved have seen the film so perhaps they’re talking about Ryan Reynolds’ contentious costume.

blake lively in green lantern Industry Insiders Bash Green Lantern in Defense of Blake Lively

How will Blake Lively's career be affected by Green Lantern?

Before writing this up, I contacted the author and verified that the quotes are not coming from Lively’s agent or manager, so take from it what you will. There’s a good chance it’s all hearsay from people that have little to nothing to do with the production or people involved with the production of Green Lantern. This is how bad rumors start.

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Green Lantern arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.

Source: New York Magazine

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  1. Well the movie doesn’t look any good, but I do think it is a little soon to call it terrible.

  2. This actually might hurt her. If you think she was so great int he trailer, then I need to get my eyes checked again. She sounded like the robot girl from Small Wonder. I bet they said the same thing about Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, and look what that did for her career. People will see her as Gossip Girl Blake Lively instead of just Blake Lively as Carol Ferris. Too young, bad actress, dyed her blonde hair black where you can see the roots, same age as Bosworth as Lois, and there is no way she can pull off Star Sapphire when it comes to that. My money is that she gets recast for a sequel, if GL is a big hit.

    I still say Evangaline Lilly should have been Carol. Imagine how big of a fail if that was Justin Timberlake as GL and not Ryan Reynolds (Who I still think should have been Flash instead)

    • I can see Ryan Reynolds as the Flash . . . but I’d also like to see Blake Lively to other things outside of Gossip Girl, mostly because I’ve stopped watching Gossip Girl

    • dude she is the little girl from small wonder you didnt know that , really come on

      • Actually, the actress in Small Wonder was Tiffany Brissette

  3. Was the thought that she’s unhappy with the role (or panicked over it), causing her agent to stage an interview that distances her from the movie? Her Lohan impression in The Town was good, at best, but I thought the other actors ran right over the top of her. No offense to the actress. As for Green Lantern, I’m looking forward to seeing it regardless of the negative, close-minded reactions.

  4. Golly…I had no IDEA that the movie had been seen in its entirety by ANYONE!!! I sure am glad I have these (heavy sarcasm injection here) DUN-DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUUUUnnnnnn (insert echo-cho-cho) “INDUSTRY INSIDERS”to protect me from that funky, horrible, Green Lantern Movie!

    “There’s a good chance it’s all hearsay from people that have little to nothing to do with the production or people involved with the production of Green Lantern. This is how bad rumors start.”

    Spot on, Rob, (As usual…) and very proffesh of you to point that out!
    Keep on rockin’

    • Great post!

  5. Wow….Green Lantern will NOT be a fun and entertaining film??

    I find that VERY hard to believe.

    Sounds like some bitter industry folks want to start silly negative buzz to try and derail it.

    Too bad it won’t work! LOL

  6. When did the Green Lantern become a troubled production? Because of the one trailer? This was initially spoken about as a for sure winner… Are these insiders confusing this with the Green Hornet which was definitely a troubled production? Either way, stupid article (not yours!). These are probably the same industry insiders who told us how ‘furious’ robert downey and tim allen and etc were with Ricky Gervais’ hosting job at the globes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from industry insiders is that they are mostly inside their own buttholes.

    • I have my doubts that they were even industry insiders…

    • Agreed. We’ve heard nothing about “troubled productions” either

      • yh same here

  7. Honestly as a fangirl I only care about how the comic book fan community likes the film. I could care less how much a critic or average movie goer feels about the movie. They don’t judge it the same way. It’ll be a fun entertaining movie but I care more about how the characters and story is handled. I care from a comic book fan perspective which is different from a critic or insider p.o.v

    • What makes you think non comic book readers don’t wanna see those things in a comic book movie either? I don’t read superhero comics (I read comics though)and I want character development and story. Ever watched a drama, thriller, or noir film?

  8. I just found out something very interesting about myself. As a long time fan of comic book heros, I feel perfectly justified asserting my opinion of upcoming movies featuring the aforementioned heros. HOWEVER, when non comicbook hero fans put down the same movie I am so looking forward to seeing, well lets just say “Its Clobberin Time”. Also,I’m more interested in the movie, as opposed to whos career its going to boost. And besides, look what happens. There was one x-men movie, followed by three Hugh Jackman movies.

    • X-Men 2 was the best of them all.

    • Jackman knew what he was doing. The only stars that don’t want a piece of superhero movies are the ones that play it safe in boring “drama.” There are definitely different views on what makes entertainment. I, not being a GL fan, would still love to see this movie!

  9. I agree with happyman. I am not interested in supporting someone actor’s career. Boohoo. I am interested in the film because THAT’S WHAT I PAY FOR OR NOT depending on if it’s worth separating me from my money. With the likes of Michael Bay saying Transformers 3 will be good to make up for Transformers 2, I’m disgusted. It’s like he’s begging the ticket buyer, the ones who hold the real power, to make it a success so he can move on to destroy another trilogy. Let’s be real here. Michael Bay would not give any of us fan boys the time of day in a private social setting.

    Here’s a piece of advice to Hollywood. Let the people that are truly fans of the source material with real talent helm these films from the top to the bottom rather than let these wannabe “rock stars” destroy these franchises.

    So it all comes down to the movie in this particular case, Green Lantern. The trailer is the best they can make it look. It was not well received. Better luck next time because I will not be paying to see this film as it stands.

  10. This film will not be for everyone unfortunately. They had some great source material to work with and the character has a rich history that will translate well to film. I am really looking forward to this and no amount of negative publicity will detract from my overwhelming compulsion to see it opening night. CGI costume looks fine to me and I really don’t see what all the fuss is’s fantastical and something that is created from the mind of the user of the ring..Each costume will have it’s own little idiosyncracies that will make them the same yet unique..go GL Corps!!!

    • I think the costume was a costly mistake, but I agree with everything you say and will be there opening night as well!

  11. Lively did seem a little stiff in the trailer delivering her line(s) with the acumen & subtlety that reminded me of watching a mannequin.Why wouldn’t she want to deflect attention away from that..If she can;t act and this film exposes that fact what better way to deflect the spotlight away from her by blaming the poor production value of a 150 million dollar movie!!..Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!!

  12. We dont know who said what, if anything at all.
    I blame this more on The Hollywod Rumor mill then I do Blake Lively.

  13. This is utter nonsense!

    These quotes aren’t even from people who have actually seen the damned movie!!! And if anything, one of the biggest complaints of the trailer was Lively!!!
    Total BS!

    • @ Sam

      Lol No kidding. I for one been waiting a longtime for another DC comic property to hit the big screen other than Batman or Superman. Despite what the costume looks like, or whos been casted, i’ll wait till after i see the film before passing judgement. I can only hope more DC comic characters get their chance to see the big screen aswell.

      • I just wrote a very long reply to you but the stupid computer/site didnt post it. Took me like 10 minutes to write.

        Suffice it to say. This story is ridiculous and if anything Lively is the weak link in the films cast, I think the film will be very good fun, and I can’t ask any more than that.

        • Totally agree. She doesn’t look like she will be worth it. As far as this article goes, I don’t base my movie going experience on what critics have to say. I watch the movie and form my own opinion. I can’t stand to hear people bashing movies they haven’t even seen yet. If you don’t want to watch, then don’t watch.

  14. Who’s going to see this movie for Blake Livley’s performance of Carol Ferris? I’m sure her part could be played by any semi popular piece of tail.
    I’ve got some apprehension about GL being too comedic or slap sticky. But all I’ve seen is one trailer. Warner Bros. seems to think they must play up the comedy in their comic book movies lately. Jona Hex trailer made it look like a Chris Farley movie. Its like some kind of defense mechanism. If they make stuff look totally cheezy, they can lower expectations to the point where a crap movie seems ok. (Not that Jona Hex was good, it just wasn’t as bad I thought it would be.)
    I hope some other properties, aka Superman: Man of steel, get under way quick, because of GL bombs, DC’s major players are gonna be a long time seeing any screen time.

    • Not me. I don’t even know who she is. I’m also in the “CGI costume tooks horrible” crowd.
      The trailer looks cheesy and I hope they release a 2nd one that will take our minds off the first one. In the meantime, I’ll keep watching “Sucker Punch” previews and drooling.

      • And thats all you can do with a Zack Snyder film, drool at the excellent visuals and then wonder afterwards where the emotion and substance is (Watchmen aside of course), which doesnt bode well for Superman.

  15. Why is this article even posted?

  16. You need to make a correction: It should be “moves” instead of “movies”.

  17. I think that if you can accept the fact that the cgi costume looks kind of ridiculous and that the storyline will be out there the film will be enjoyable. That is not to say that I think it will be great. I think it will be okay. Perosanlly, I don’t really care much for the Green lantern and his story is too supernatural for me.

    As for Ryan Reynolds as the Flash, I totally agree that that would have been his perfect role

  18. the first hint that these “insiders” are FOS is that they referred to Lively as “very hot right now.” As hot as Natalie Portman even after Phantom Menace? No. About as “hot” as Megan Fox was after the first TF film? If she’s lucky.

    Yeah, she should do an indie film after GL. That’ll work for her. Then her third film will be a sex tape. Who does this “agent” think he/she is? More importantly, who does he think Blake Lively is??

    Oh wait, “hotter the person,” “won’t hurt ‘Lively’ much” if GL is a flop… Just wait for the retraction saying “did I say Blake Lively? I was thinking Blake, but I meant Ryan Reynolds.” That will clear up this whole thing.

  19. I tend to believe that anyone who labels themselves an INDUSTRY INSIDER is refering to how industrious they were in inserting their head up their own “opinion”…Hmmm, now what is that old, time honored quote about opinions? OH, Yeah! “They are like @$$**les…every one has one, and thinks everyone else’s stinks…”

  20. i dont believe this

  21. One thing about digital costumes: they’re one texture & one procedural map away from totally changing.

  22. I don’t see what the big deal is with the costume. The CGI and the costumes in the first Spiderman movie were pretty bad yet that was succesful with fans and audiences

  23. its all just gossip lol