For those of you wondering how Marvel is able to churn out comic book movies like a well-oiled machine while DC is constantly stuck spinning their wheels, you’ll be pleased to hear that DC’s at least got a couple more projects in the works aside from the not-so-promising Justice League film. One of them is the on again/off again Wonder Woman movie that we’ve been hearing about for years, but the other one, which I hadn’t heard about until now, is Green Lantern.
Now, a few years ago there was a Green Lantern script floating around that had been written by Saturday Night Live’s Robert Smigel, with Jack Black attached to star. Comic geeks flipped when they heard about this, and the project just sort of quietly went away. However, now it seems that a new Green Lantern film is once again in development with the team of Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone) and Michael Green (Smallville, Heroes) writing the script. In a recent interview with Newsarama, Guggenheim confirmed that it would be respectful and loving (ie. not a comedy):
“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.”
Are you convinced? And yes they are going with Hal Jordan. I have to admit, there’s a part of me that really wants to know how that Smigel version would have turned out. But I suppose I’m down with a more serious Green Lantern movie as well. So, let’s have it people… is this good news?