Green Lantern Green Lit; Is JLA On Deck?

The guys over at Slash Film were reviewing the latest issue of Production Weekly and came across an interesting bit of news: the previously rumored Green Lantern movie seems to have been given an official green light, and is on the fast-track to light up screens in theater near you.

Here are the official production notes from Production Weekly:

STATUS - DevelopmentPRODUCER: Donald De Line - Andrew Haas WRITER: Greg Berlanti - Marc Guggenheim - Michael J GreenDC COMICS 1700 Broadway New York, NY 10019WARNER BROS. PICTURES 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522-0001

That info seems pretty legit, considering that Berlanti, Guggenheim and Green were the same writers rumored to be attached to the project last year, with Berlanti (Dirty, Sexy Money, Eli Stone) rumored to also be directing. No official word yet on whether or not he will still be at that helm.

For those with a good memory, rapper/pretty good actor Common was rumored to be the bearer of the green ring for the now defunct Justice League movie; so does that mean Common will get the chance to star in a GL flick all by his lonesome? A plot synopsis from Production Weekly makes it seem unlikely:

Each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user’s imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected.

While I love Common as a rapper, and have even appreciated the gravity he's brought to his roles in movies like Smokin Aces and Wanted, I can't fault Warner Bros. for going with Hal Jordan as their Green Lantern. Jordan is the most popular GL in the comics, and his eventual transformation into the villain Parallax leaves a lot of room for a pretty sick movie franchise.

But hearing that Green Lantern is on the way raises questions about another DC Comics project that was a hot topic last year: the Justice League movie. Can it be that after its premature demise, Justice League has been revived?

Slash Film had one inside source who claimed that in an effort to catch up to the success of Marvel properties like Iron Man, Warner Bros. and DC are indeed looking to give their super group another run at the box office. However the proof, as they say, is in the casting sheet.

For now, let us know what you think about Green Lantern coming to the big screen.

Source: Slash Film

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