‘Man of Steel’s’ David Goyer Would Like a Shot at ‘Green Lantern’

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No stranger to DC Comics heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer reveals he’d like to try his hand at Green Lantern.

“I would love to do Green Lantern,” he said when asked by Collider about the depiction of an alien world in Man of Steel versus that in Green Lantern. “I really wanted to showcase Krypton as a truly alien world. That was one of the things I wanted to do from the beginning when I got involved in the project. At his heart, Superman’s always been a science fiction story. I wanted to lean into that, and so did Chris [Nolan], and so did Zack [Snyder], so I was just glad we were able to.”

Director Martin Campbell’s 2011 Green Lantern cost an estimated $200 million to produce, and grossed less than $220 million worldwide. Although the film was widely panned, Warner Bros. was said as recently as June 2012 to be mulling whether to bring back star Ryan Reynolds for a sequel or relaunch the property.

While nothing appears to have come of that, studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently indicated that a new slate of DC Comics films will be announced soon — which could leave the door open to the possibility of another run at Green Lantern.

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  • GL616

    Do a reboot in the vein of Incredible Hulk. Origin in the opening credits.
    Cast a new lead, my vote would be Chris Pine

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

    Reynolds never looked the part, IMHO. Those beady little eyes don’t exactly sell that mask either. He should have been cast as Flash, not Green Lantern.

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

    Reynolds never looked the part, IMHO. Those beady little eyes don’t exactly sell that mask either. He should have been cast as Flash, not Green Lantern.

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

    Reynolds never looked the part, IMHO. Those beady little eyes don’t exactly sell that mask either. He should have been cast as Flash, not Green Lantern.

  • RobotShlomo

    Don’t tell me, let me guess. He wants it to be “dark and gritty, just like The Dark Knight”?

    “You can’t stop me Hal Jordan! For I Sinestro possess the Yellow Element!”

    SNAP!!!

    Well, I guess he can.

  • RobotShlomo

    Don’t tell me, let me guess. He wants it to be “dark and gritty, just like The Dark Knight”?

    “You can’t stop me Hal Jordan! For I Sinestro possess the Yellow Element!”

    SNAP!!!

    Well, I guess he can.

  • RobotShlomo

    Don’t tell me, let me guess. He wants it to be “dark and gritty, just like The Dark Knight”?

    “You can’t stop me Hal Jordan! For I Sinestro possess the Yellow Element!”

    SNAP!!!

    Well, I guess he can.

  • James Jackson

    240 million is far from pocket change especially since that is not factoring in home sales or merchandise. With that kind of a movie it could have easily earned another 100 million by now. Families can’t always afford 50 dollars to go see a movie but a 20 dollar or less Blu Ray count them in.

  • alistaircrane

    Oh dear lord, no! Don’t let him anywhere near GL! He’s already ruined Batman and Superman…no need to destroy any more.

  • AirDave

    After watching “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Man of Steel”, that’s not just a no, that’s a hell no.

  • Greg Phillips

    “Man of Steel” and “The Dark Knight Rises” were both excellent to varying degrees, so sure, I’d like to see him get a crack at it.

  • Dre Day

    David S. Goyer, master of the superhero reboot. D. Goyer will redeem Green Lantern, eventually. Audiences are very spoiled/picky with CGI. In order to pull off a successful Green Lantern on film, the CGI has to be on point. Apparently the Green Lantern 2011 movie, didn’t quite get it right. Parallax (the poop cloud) and Hector Hammond (Tumor-head) didn’t help that movie at all.

  • Spencer

    I could live with him getting a “story by” credit, but I’d rather have someone else write the actual script.

  • todd

    While not perfect I liked Green Lantern and thought it suffered most from the story and the villains. I an understand wanting to keep Sinestro Green the whole time and then having him be Yellow later but Hector and Paralax really were terrible choices for villains.

  • todd

    As someone who prefers the darker gritter DC I welcome this idea. I would love to see a darker Green Lantern on film. Also Green Lantern have killed in the comics so don’t be shocked if he kill’s the villain in the new movie lol. Hal did kill parallax in the 2011 after all.

  • todd

    Yes! As much as I thought Reynolds wasn’t the best pick I still wouldn’t mind his movie having happened first so DC could get the ball rolling on the next film, plus Sinestro will have already been yellow at that point. However it will probably have been at least 5 years before we get another Green Lantern movie, just like Hulk movie, so I see DC not using Reynolds at all.

  • Brian from Canada

    Please say that this is an April Fool’s joke. Goyer’s ruined Batman and Superman for most people, and we don’t need a reboot of Green Lantern. WB made a huge mistake going with the Parallax cloud, and the film suffered from it.

  • Zagreus

    It would be just as terrible as the first GL if Goyer’s in charge. Keep him far far away. Jesus Christ, WB has no idea who is a good writer/director and who isn’t.

  • Erik Galston

    except merchandising didn’t really work out that well.. stores are STILL trying to get rid of that movie merchandise… its the reason the GL animated series didn’t get a toy line…

  • Joe

    Goyer didn’t write Rises. That was Nolan and his brother.

  • Joe

    How did he ruin Batman? Goyer wrote Begins, while Nolan and his brother wrote the other two.

  • Joe

    So Blade and Batman Begins were bad?

  • Zagreus

    Goyer can write, but I don’t want him directing. Nolan directed Begins, and someone else directed Blade (don’t know- and too lazy to look). Admittedly he did a good job on Blade 2 (I believe he directed that one). I think he does an okay job if someone else is there to take a second look and someone else directs. If it’s just Goyer’s vision- I get skeptical. I think he can put together plot points alright. But… eh… I don’t trust his creative vision. Green Lantern is a tough property. I don’t think he’s the man for the job.

  • Chris P. Bacon

    The problem with a galaxy-spanning police force is that you have to explain where the hell it was when a) Krypton blew up, and b) when Zod and Co. invaded Earth in Man of Steel. I’d love to see that conversation between Superman and any of the Green Lanterns or Guardians.

  • Joe

    Del Toro directed Blade 2 but I get what you’re saying. You make a fair point.

  • MaskedManAICN

    He didn’t write the screenplay but he wrote the story with Chris- plus he wrote Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and all the B-grade Blade stuff. He’s really not that good.

  • MaskedManAICN

    WB needs to fine fresh talent- but I assume their current goal is to make the DC Movie Universe grim and joyless, as a counter balance to Marvel’s one. So yeah stick with Goyer and Reynolds.

  • Tophman

    Green Lantern could work provided they stick to what has worked before:
    focus on the story of the hero. Batman & Superman (as well as Iron
    Man, Thor, and Captain America) worked because it was about the journey
    of the character from what he is into what he ultimately becomes: a hero
    that will save the day.

    Although the Shared Cinematic Universe is great, Marvel had many years to plan it so I don’t mind if the DCCU isn’t as tight. Just tell the story about Hal before the ring: his relationship with Carol, his daddy issues, and his fearlessness (& defiance of authority). Then bring in the ring in for act 2 with Legion in tow taking out Abin Sur and hiding in Coast City to lick his wounds
    while Hal gets drafted into the GLC. You then show Hal being trained by Kilowog & Sinestro on OA, both of whom become his fast friends (for different reasons: raw potential & independent spirit). Finally, in the 3rd act, you’ll have word of Legion (now recovered) wreaking havoc on Earth reaching Hal who goes awol with his trainers & a squad of veteran GLs hot on his heels to back him up against Legion. You’ll then show Legion beating the snot out of the vets with Hal the last GL standing (Sinestro is the last conscious GL at this point). He defeats Legion with his wits & his willpower and earns respect from the GLC. At the ‘bonus’ scene, the Guardians are revealed musing about their new emerald warrior…. fade to black.

    Bottom line: spend the money on things that matter like the story, GL’s constructs, Legion, and the planet OA rather than for an ‘alien’ costume that can be done with practical+post effects for a lot less.

  • Tophman

    This is easily explained:
    a) as Krypton has closed ties with space travel (& being xenophobes as per the comics), it stands to reason that their solar system will be off limits to the GLC. They could add a line (from Sinestro): “the Guardians already let a planet & its species die because of their rules, I’m not about to let it happen again”.

    b) Abin Sur who is the GL for our sector (2814) was busy with Legion (& his investigation into Parallax) at the time so he wasn’t able to intervene.

  • Peter Parker

    It’s not that Hector or Parallax are bad choices for villains, but both were executed poorly in Green Lantern. The first Green Lantern movie missed out on an opportunity to be the first superhero-buddy cop movie if they used GL’s Secret Origin storyline as more of a basis.

  • Joe

    So… Nolan dropped the ball then too since he SHARES a “story by” credit and wrote the screenplay. By that logic Nolan should be blamed for Man of Steel as well, another “story by” credit and Goyer should be praised for The Dark Knight, since he too has a “story by” credit. And don’t act like you didn’t enjoy Blade.

  • Lino

    I agree with you, they dont know crap!

  • Ganthet

    Just do Sinestro Corps War as the sequel. Everything will be fine. Trust me.

  • Alex Hayden

    No thanks. To Goyer, not GL.

  • SageShinigami

    Writing Batman (and Blade) leans to Goyer’s “dark”/”grim” sensibilities. This is why most fans liked Batman Begins/TDK but you see a mixed response on Man of Steel.

    Basically, if it’s a gritty street-level character then you can let Goyer do whatever he wants. But the moment you go cosmic, and bright colors and happy shit–you gotta find someone else.

  • SageShinigami

    Green Lantern’s not a hard character to pull off. “Training Day” in space. Hell, I wouldn’t be mad if you ripped directly from the cartoon film that did exactly that.

  • Rock n Rollllll

    Although i think Chris Pine would make a great choice, its becoming more aware that comic book movies are diversifying a lot more. I have a feeling that this time they’ll lean more towards a John Stewart Green Lantern. If this were to happen Djimon Honsou or Idris Elba would have been perfect for the role, if of course they were a little younger.

  • Rock n Rollllll

    Hes just not superhero material period. Superheros require a certain kind of charisma in order to make the movie believable. Ryan Reynolds just doesnt have it.

  • Mike Clifford

    Unfortunately, WB sees Goyer as their answer to Marvel’s Joss Whedon. Which shows you how f’ed up WB/DC is right now.

  • Mike Clifford

    I didn’t enjoy Blade either.

  • Mike Clifford

    Does anyone out there possibly think that Nolan’s TDK trilogy was as great as it was because of David Goyer???

  • Rock n Rollllll

    cause you’re a douche

  • Mike Clifford

    Charming……….

  • Mike Clifford

    Goyer CO-WROTE begins. And only had co-story credit on the other two. For good reason! I mean, why did WB bring in the screenwriter from Argo if Goyer is so talented?

  • Joe

    Didn’t answer my question. How did he ruin it if he only really wrote Begins? By that logic there shouldn’t have been two sequels. And if Nolan co-wrote Begins then he should get equal blame.

  • Stephen Bergstrom

    Just don’t make Hal Jordan a whiny wuss the way they did in the film and all will be well.

  • Tophman

    Yeah, I agree with PP…. Hector and Parallax (the entity, not a freaking blob) could have worked and yes, Johns’ Secret Origin story would’ve been great.

    A Sinestro-Hal buddy cop (in the vein of old “Lethal Weapon” movies or even “Tango & Cash”) would work very well. It would make it more devastating when Sinestro falls from grace in the sequel.

  • Thom Parslow

    I’m with the majority, goyer has some good ideas but if he’s spearheading the production then I think the movie will suffer,
    I think they should carry on from the last one and do it properly by building up the sinestro corps then have a third introducing the other lanterns ie. Blue, red etc and have a all out corps war. Aha ok maybe not all out war.
    Green lantern IMO had some of the best potential of any comic book character, in a reboot, make the first a build up then get darker in the second then in the last make hal become parallax for the ultimate dark twist etc.

    Also I think a blackest night arc would be amazing, but would have to wait till after the 3rd Justice League film a perfect end ready for dc to do a complete reboot again.
    Wishful thinking.

  • Thom Parslow

    Just to add why not have Geoff Johns part of the writing team after all, when he took the helm of GL’S writing he made it the best selling comic for 8 months straight (blackest night)
    He put GL back on the map! Bring him in.

  • Tophman

    If only they’d use comic book writers in movies… however, writing something to be ‘read’ vs writing something to be ‘seen’ it is very different so comic/novelists don’t translate into good/effective screenwriters.

    I would prefer if they did use veterans like Johns to work hand in hand with someone like Goyer (they probably already do that since Johns is DCU’s Creative resource). Ultimately I have to blame Warner Brothers in all this. Unlike Marvel Studios (which was built with the creative pool of Marvel Comics), WB doesn’t respect the material in the same way (and by extension, the fans). It takes a strong creative force like Chris Nolan to impose his will over them.

  • Thom Parslow

    Very good point you make, and yes Johns has creative input in many WB/DC offerings, he’s been part of the arrow production team as well as the upcoming flash tv series and also gotham.
    He had major inputs on robot chickens dc special and the upcoming dc villains special too.
    I know there are some key differences between screen play and comic writing, but essentially comic writing is a script too. The pictures bring it to life.
    But Johns knows the character better than anyone and if a new of GL was to be made the only logical choice would be to have John as a major part of production.
    But whether that happens is another story all together.

    It is promising that they are talking about a new GL film though, he is one of my all time favourite characters and has such a rich source of story plots from which could easily make for epic movies, the possibilities with GL are almost endless.

    I just hope whoever takes the helm for this, appreciates the character and story as much of the GL fans do.
    With the right approach a GL trilogy could top the mighty iron man trilogy very easily.

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