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.
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.
Green Lantern arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.
Source: New York Magazine