Warner Bros. Wants ‘Edgier And Darker’ Green Lantern Sequel

The problem with Green Lantern, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov contends, is that it wasn’t dark enough and didn’t play up the action. That, however, will change with the sequel, which apparently is going back to the drawing board.

“We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” he tells the Los Angeles Times. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action. … And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”

Citing “several people familiar with the thinking of executives,” the newspaper reports that although the studio has an outline from original screenwriters Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, Warner Bros. is expected to make significant changes if not toss out everything and start fresh. That includes finding a replacement for director Martin Campbell, who had made it clear as far back as May that he wouldn’t be returning for a sequel (the studio is apparently just fine with that). None of that’s a surprise, considering that Green Lantern, with an estimated production budget of $200 million plus a massive marketing campaign, has grossed less than $155 million worldwide.

On a related note, Robinov tells the newspaper has “a solid script” for the slow-moving adaptation of The Flash, and that the once-doomed Justice League movie is still a possibility. Unfortunately, he doesn’t offer any details beyond that.

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  • AdamH12110

    Darkness isn’t always the answer, folks.

  • AdamH12110

    Darkness isn’t always the answer, folks.

  • Anonymous

    They need to have it based mostly in space really.  Earth is barely ever a part of the comics.  They also need to use an actual villain.  The movie version of Parallax was just terrible.

  • Anonymous

    They need to have it based mostly in space really.  Earth is barely ever a part of the comics.  They also need to use an actual villain.  The movie version of Parallax was just terrible.

  • bob

    [facepalm]

    Good grief, the guy’s got a ring on his finger that can make anything in can imagine!  CAN’T WE HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THAT?? 

    Apparently no – superheroes aren’t allowed to have fun in Hollywood.  :P

  • bob

    [facepalm]

    Good grief, the guy’s got a ring on his finger that can make anything in can imagine!  CAN’T WE HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THAT?? 

    Apparently no – superheroes aren’t allowed to have fun in Hollywood.  :P

  • Shifty

    Why not try telling a properly developed story before worrying about the tone of it.  The problem with the last movie was that they put too much GL mythology into one film.  It was kinda hard to care about the plots, or the characters when there were so many of them that it all felt overstuff and disjointed.

  • Shifty

    Why not try telling a properly developed story before worrying about the tone of it.  The problem with the last movie was that they put too much GL mythology into one film.  It was kinda hard to care about the plots, or the characters when there were so many of them that it all felt overstuff and disjointed.

  • Anonymous

    The problem was that it felt SMALL. I mean, why can Bay make a crappy movie that feels massive in scope, but GL feels so self-contained? The answer: RACIST ROBOTS. We’re burning $$$ , guys, get on it.

    No, it did feel very limited, and with some giant plot holes. That being said, I really enjoyed it.

  • Anonymous

    The problem was that it felt SMALL. I mean, why can Bay make a crappy movie that feels massive in scope, but GL feels so self-contained? The answer: RACIST ROBOTS. We’re burning $$$ , guys, get on it.

    No, it did feel very limited, and with some giant plot holes. That being said, I really enjoyed it.

  • Mythos

    You know it, I know it, but the executives who were successful with a darker (although, apparently unbeknownst to them, faithful to the comics) adaptation of Batman think that’s the solution for everything.

  • Mythos

    You know it, I know it, but the executives who were successful with a darker (although, apparently unbeknownst to them, faithful to the comics) adaptation of Batman think that’s the solution for everything.

  • Paul

    Maybe they’ll even recast the lead and get rid of Reynolds.

  • Paul

    Maybe they’ll even recast the lead and get rid of Reynolds.

  • Deanjsimons

    hahaha – i thought the film’s problem was too much plot and little sense.

  • Anonymous

    “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more
    emphasis on action. … And we have to find a way to balance the time the
    movie spends in space versus on Earth.”

    Well he got it half right. They should balance Earth and space better. But Green Lantern should be bright. (No pun intended)

  • Anonymous

    “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more
    emphasis on action. … And we have to find a way to balance the time the
    movie spends in space versus on Earth.”

    Well he got it half right. They should balance Earth and space better. But Green Lantern should be bright. (No pun intended)

  • Jorell

    “The problem with Green Lantern, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov contends, is that it wasn’t dark enough and didn’t play up the action.”

    Hahaha NOPE

  • Jorell

    “The problem with Green Lantern, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov contends, is that it wasn’t dark enough and didn’t play up the action.”

    Hahaha NOPE

  • Jmcreer

    I haven’t seen it as I’m in Australia, so I can’t comment on the quality of the film.  But Green Lantern has always contained a lot of dark themes (even before Johns) as written in the comic, be it earth-bound or galactic stories.  Sure, a lot of fun moments exist, (mainly in the interactions between Hal and others like Guy Gardner etc), but by and large it’s a fairly serious action/ adventure product.  Hal hasn’t historically speaking, been a “funny guy,” which may attribute to the head-shakes casting Ryan Reynolds (but I can’t comment on his performance either as I haven’t seen it).

    If I was going to have Green Lantern emulate a film that contains the same mixture of action/ drama/ humour/ and character-moments I’d have to point to Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.  They are the template the next GL film should try to capture.

    I’m not sure they’re going to do a sequel anyway – they said the same thing about Superman Returns and then did a reboot – no gaurantees they won’t do the same here

  • Jmcreer

    I haven’t seen it as I’m in Australia, so I can’t comment on the quality of the film.  But Green Lantern has always contained a lot of dark themes (even before Johns) as written in the comic, be it earth-bound or galactic stories.  Sure, a lot of fun moments exist, (mainly in the interactions between Hal and others like Guy Gardner etc), but by and large it’s a fairly serious action/ adventure product.  Hal hasn’t historically speaking, been a “funny guy,” which may attribute to the head-shakes casting Ryan Reynolds (but I can’t comment on his performance either as I haven’t seen it).

    If I was going to have Green Lantern emulate a film that contains the same mixture of action/ drama/ humour/ and character-moments I’d have to point to Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.  They are the template the next GL film should try to capture.

    I’m not sure they’re going to do a sequel anyway – they said the same thing about Superman Returns and then did a reboot – no gaurantees they won’t do the same here

  • Cover55555

    YES MORE DARKNESS AND EDGIER. I WANT GRRR AND BLOOD. Make me something that only bears the green lantern name, but nothing else. Also, more telling and not showing, Exposition please.

  • Cover55555

    YES MORE DARKNESS AND EDGIER. I WANT GRRR AND BLOOD. Make me something that only bears the green lantern name, but nothing else. Also, more telling and not showing, Exposition please.

  • Gambit347

    Dear lord. Can’t they just accept that this film was a failure in every conceivable fashion? And I say that as a HUUUUUGE Green Lantern fan. The script was garbage, the actors were all horribly directed and miscast, the design aesthetic was awful and the effects were worse. Quite simply, no one making this film actually WANTED to make the film, and it showed. It was an absolute abomination to both comics and cinema.

    And they think making it “darker” and “edgier” will solve everything? Ugh. Look, I want a GOOD GL movie as bad as the next GL diehard, but this movie failed on such an epic level that nothing they can do within the next decade will salvage the property as a viable cinematic product.

    Try again in ten years with creators that actually give a damn. Anything sooner will be nothing but a blatant cash-grab.

    Sermon over.

  • Fmtj109

    Ah yes, the Tim Burton method strikes again.  It’s not like the characterizations and relationships were off and everything was rush through and not given time to develop.  Nope.  Has to be that it was too light.  Just like the last Superman.  Creepy baby daddy, there was nothing wrong with that we just need to make it darker for the reboot.  Proof again that DC has their collective heads up their asses and do not understand their own characters.  Oh well, we at least have The Avengers to look forward to.

  • Fmtj109

    Ah yes, the Tim Burton method strikes again.  It’s not like the characterizations and relationships were off and everything was rush through and not given time to develop.  Nope.  Has to be that it was too light.  Just like the last Superman.  Creepy baby daddy, there was nothing wrong with that we just need to make it darker for the reboot.  Proof again that DC has their collective heads up their asses and do not understand their own characters.  Oh well, we at least have The Avengers to look forward to.

  • http://twitter.com/RelaxAndAspire Alexander P. Brown

    So maybe the next one will be proposed Jack Black starring comedy script they rejected? Only with more angst?

  • http://twitter.com/RelaxAndAspire Alexander P. Brown

    So maybe the next one will be proposed Jack Black starring comedy script they rejected? Only with more angst?

  • Mel

    totally agree

  • Mel

    totally agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sage-Ashford/1290900135 Sage Ashford

    True. Parallax is only a threat when he’s inhabiting someone–preferably someone close to the main character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sage-Ashford/1290900135 Sage Ashford

    True. Parallax is only a threat when he’s inhabiting someone–preferably someone close to the main character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sage-Ashford/1290900135 Sage Ashford

    DC can’t tell Jeff Robinov squat.  He’s the president of Warner Bros.   That’s who’s to blame here. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sage-Ashford/1290900135 Sage Ashford

    DC can’t tell Jeff Robinov squat.  He’s the president of Warner Bros.   That’s who’s to blame here. 

  • AdamH12110

    Earth is in the comics.  Well, it was in the old comics at least.  Hal Jordan used to have a whole mess of villians that were just from Earth (Hector Hammond, Sonar, Goldface, Dr. Polaris, The Shark, Tatooed Man, The Aerealist, The Javelin, Major Disaster, etc).  And that was back when GL was at its simplest, most universally appealing and easiest to understand.

    Of course, I don’t understand what the problem was with the first Green Lantern movie.  I thought it was great.

  • AdamH12110

    Earth is in the comics.  Well, it was in the old comics at least.  Hal Jordan used to have a whole mess of villians that were just from Earth (Hector Hammond, Sonar, Goldface, Dr. Polaris, The Shark, Tatooed Man, The Aerealist, The Javelin, Major Disaster, etc).  And that was back when GL was at its simplest, most universally appealing and easiest to understand.

    Of course, I don’t understand what the problem was with the first Green Lantern movie.  I thought it was great.

  • Lucas

    No thats just the solution for Batman and batman only

  • Lucas

    No thats just the solution for Batman and batman only

  • Fmtj109

    You have a point.  Shame though, as you’d think DC would have a little say in how their characters come across on film.  But that’s the machine for you.  DC is just a little cog in the grand scheme of things.  Hopefully we don’t see Disney follow suit with Marvel’s films.

  • Fmtj109

    You have a point.  Shame though, as you’d think DC would have a little say in how their characters come across on film.  But that’s the machine for you.  DC is just a little cog in the grand scheme of things.  Hopefully we don’t see Disney follow suit with Marvel’s films.

  • http://hipandcritical.blogspot.com/ MJ

    Reynolds should have been the Flash all along.  Start with that.

  • http://hipandcritical.blogspot.com/ MJ

    Reynolds should have been the Flash all along.  Start with that.

  • RunnerX13

    “Darkness” is all Robinov knows.  He must have been a big fan of the Chappellel Show.  What he doesn’t is that TDK wasn’t successful because it was “dark”; it was successful because it was a well produced movie, with a director with a vision, and a solid script.  All three of which GL lacked.

  • Gambit347

    I don’t see Disney trying to control Marvel to the extent Warner does DC. It seems to me that Disney just wanted the money and audience that Marvel rakes in. And since Marvel’s doing well on that front, why mess with what’s working?

  • Gambit347

    I don’t see Disney trying to control Marvel to the extent Warner does DC. It seems to me that Disney just wanted the money and audience that Marvel rakes in. And since Marvel’s doing well on that front, why mess with what’s working?

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    I think Warner Bros feel that Green Lantern still has the potential to be a big movie franchise, but that this movie wasn’t the way to go about doing it.

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    I think Warner Bros feel that Green Lantern still has the potential to be a big movie franchise, but that this movie wasn’t the way to go about doing it.

  • http://twitter.com/p_keely Patrick Keely

    The sad thing is that a lot of the supporting characters were casted great, like Michael Clarke Duncan, Geoffrey Rush, and Mark Strong was the perfect Sinestro, but they really missed with Blake Lively as Carol Ferris.  Ryan Reynolds was great but as mentioned earlier, he is Wally West.