Green Lantern Movie Will Be Respectful, Secretive

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Here's the good news about the upcoming Green Lantern movie: Co-writer Marc Guggenheim seems very confident that it'll turn out to be a quality flick that sums up everything great about the character. Here's the bad news: That's pretty much all he'll tell you about the project, because the studio doesn't want people like you to talk about it. Though of course he did spill a little bit anyway.

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Guggenheim, who's writing the screenplay for the adaptation of DC Comics' space cop series with Eli Stone co-creator Greg Berlanti and Heroes writer Michael Green, explained why so much about the movie is being kept under wraps:

I can't tell you anything, to be honest with you. That's the funny thing with these superhero movies; you do tend to develop them in secrecy. Maybe I'll get smack from the message boards for this, but I think that's in large part to how, when stuff leaks out, people hear about it out of context and get upset. There's always the concern on the part of the studio that things will leak out out of context and people will get upset and make up their minds before the movie has even finished or even starts filming... I can confirm that it's Hal Jordan, but I can't really talk about anything else. I really wish I could, because there's lots of stuff I want to brag about.

I love the idea that someone read the above and thought "They're going with Hal? Not John? Obviously the movie's gonna suck," thereby ignoring that whole "hearing things out of context and getting upset" thing. Nonetheless, Guggenheim tries his best to prove to fans that they're not going to screw this up:

I think Green Lantern has the potential to be a very highly regarded superhero movie. We're approaching it with such respect and such care. And really, it's written to be a movie that everyone who's not familiar with the character can enjoy, but there are so many nods to things that I know the fans love and care about that I think people will be very happy... We always start all our meetings and story discussions and all of our scene discussions with, OK, what's cool about Green Lantern? Why Green Lantern? And we always come from that place, which is an incredibly useful thing to do because you don't want Green Lantern to be a generic superhero movie. You want it to be all the things you expect when you buy a $10 ticket that says Green Lantern on it.

Listen, if this means we're getting a movie where a guy has a magic wishing ring that allows him to make giant green hands to punch things, I am completely sold already.

Marc Guggenheim Talks Eli Stone, Green Lantern [Newsarama]

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DISCUSSION

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Chris Braak

@nateous: Oh, don't mistake me, at all. I found the idea of a character whose fundamental conflict is an uncertainty as to whether or not he's got a crazy tumor or is speaking to God fascinating. That's why I watched the episodes in the first place. And I've got no problem suspending my disbelief (I regularly enjoy House for instance), or handling strings of mad coincidences (loved Wonder Falls). I can even handle "camp," I think, though I'm not sure, because I find it increasingly difficult to know what anyone means when I'm talking about it.

My problem with Eli Stone—with what I saw of it, anyway—is that the characters were painfully shallow, engaging in actions that seemed weirdly unmotivated (why does Eli's boss prohibit him from speaking during the trial?), and that the coincidences were so contrived as to appear infantile. (see my comments about "Dr. Agon." For real, what was that? That's like the kind of secret I'd come up with if I were ten.) Also, I felt like there was a poor balance between Stone's character and what the hell he was supposed to be doing—a better show would have integrated the trial with his character development, so that we could see both at once, rather than creating a situation in which the explication of his case competed for air time with the explication of his character.

My friend Adam watched that episode with me and he said, "Yeah, it's like everything that happens is based on a silly coincidence, which is actually really easy to do if you're a writer."