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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.