A Reboot is on the Way
We know that WB/DC have 10 movies due out between the years of 2016-2020 and that Green Lantern's was the last movie on the list, scheduled for a summer 2020 release date. I assume the distance between that movie and the 2011 Green Lantern movie is a deliberate move, and who knows if we'll see the character in any of the Justice League movies or not.
I know I talked briefly about each of the 10 movies that are slated in that five year period of time, but I want to put special focus on Green Lantern since his on-film track record is not a good one.
So, I'm going to focus on 3 different aspects of what I'd like to see in the rebooted Green Lantern film due out in 2020.
1. The Theme
If there's one thing that really made 2011's Green Lantern a bad movie, it's that they had no true love for the source material and who/what a Green Lantern really is, a cop. Yes, you read that right. Green Lantern is a cop, or to clarify, a "space-cop" with his own jurisdiction categorized into "sectors." Green Lantern's is 2,814. He's not just a guardian of Earth or a member of the Justice League, he's part of a bigger picture. There are other planets that rely on his ability to serve and protect.
Green Lantern's movie in 2011 was just a hodge-podge story following the same basic set for all superhero movies back in the early to mid-2000s when there was a basic set of rules laid down to provide minor back story, show off super-powers, beat the bad guy. No real depth was really shown in the first installments of most superhero movies until the release of great films like Batman Begins and Iron Man. Since Batman Begins and Iron Man, superhero movies have required more, story-wise. People have higher expectations for all superhero movies because of the previous films that have become such iconic staples placed in Hollywood superhero movies, expectations that Green Lantern did NOT live up to at all.
No, Green Lantern needs to be patterned after a movie like Training Day, which I'll elaborate on a little more in the "Plot" section of this article. Also they need to make the scope of the movie as big as possible. We saw Krypton depicted with such glorious elegance in Man of Steel, creating the world's inhabiting space sector 2814 with just as much color and imagination.
So, in short, make it a sci-fi/fantasy/crime-drama.
I don't plan on boring you with any fan-fiction or drawn-out fan-scripts. No, I'm just going to elaborate a little more on what I mentioned in the "Theme" section of this article.
One of the things that I absolutely loved about Batman Begins and Man of Steel was that they covered a lot of origins of Batman and Superman as children, growing up and learning life-lessons that apply to the film; you get to see those characters apply those lessons to their methods as superheroes. I'd like to see something similar with Hal Jordan. Give him flashbacks of him and his father -not like the Green Lantern movie where there was only one quick flashback that we were supposed to care about - but show scenes of Hal and his dad doing things a little more unorthodoxly. For example, maybe have his dad sneak him into a plane at some point and have some awesome moments shared between father and son that allow us, the audience, to connect with this relationship and care about how its affects later on. Maybe, even in the midst of all the reckless behavior, have Hal's dad say something memorable that really gives significance to the man Hal will become.
Flash forward to times that apply to each flashback, maybe show off a little of Hal's irresponsibility as a grown man working as a test-pilot, but don't rush to the Green Lantern Abin Sur scene the first time Hal jumps into a plane on the movie. No, drag it out, have some connection between Hal Jordan and his boss, Carol Ferris; not so much the typical banter you see in most superhero movies of a lower grade, but add the kind of conversation/discussion/arguments that are real in nature, that echo real relationships. Let there be chemistry between the two that creates so much frustration for the audience because they are not actually together (yet).
I think that should be the extent of the Earth footage, though, for the most part. I think once Abin Sur crashes on Earth, gives Hal Jordan the ring, and then dies; let that be where the movie really takes off (pun intended).
Not long after Hal is given the ring, I think he should return to his home/apartment (whatever) and there be confronted by Kilowog where he immediately grabs Jordan by the throat or something and puts him in a position of restraint. As Jordan struggles pointlessly under Kilowog's restraint, have Sinestro be the voice of reason off-screen and allow him to appear and interrogate Jordan about his acquiring the ring. This will essentially be the part of Batman Begins where Ducard extends a hand to Bruce Wayne in joining the League of Shadows, only this time it's Sinestro extending a welcoming hand to Hal Jordan into joining the Green Lantern Corp.
Now, I'll leave the rest up to interpretation but that is about how the origin should go in my opinion, the rest of the movie I think should be in the same vein as Training Day as I said above. Have Sinestro volunteer to show "the human" the ropes so-to-speak where he takes Jordan on an assignment that Sinestro has already been working, only, let Sinestro begin to show Hal just how he feels towards the Guardians and their methods and their rules and their inability to "do what is necessary" and with Hal's bad first impression of the Guardians, begin to slowly adopt the same mindset, that is until he sees exactly what Sinestro's idea of "necessary" means while on missions. As he sees the ruthlessness of Sinestro, let him begin to feel a little fearful of what he might have gotten himself into.
Without going on too much more before turning this into a fan-fic, allow Sinestro to be the true first villain of this movie as he attempts to turn against the Green Lantern Corps and the creation of the Yellow Lantern ring. And don't allow Sinestro to be a one-shot villain, he needs to be reoccurring like Magneto in the X-Men movies.
I guess what should be said at the end of this all should be, if you are going to make a Green Lantern movie, take the essential storyline of Green Lantern: First Flight and elaborate on it, make it a little more grown-up, and really flesh out the characters.
I want to see space battles of green flashing against yellow and vice versa. I want to see a real threat, something that isn't just a grab-bag of full of effects but a movie where every scene, every battle, every spoken line has meaning to the story.
3. The Cast
Now we'll get into the fun part: casting. I have ideas that I believe would translate well to screen and I believe that there are certain actors/actresses that I believe could pull off certain roles and not all are based off looks but acting skill and personalities.
For the sake of time, I'm going to only cast three of the main characters for this film. Those characters are Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and Carol Ferris (later to become Star Sapphire). For each of these characters I have three candidates I'd like to see for the roles.
First up is Josh Duhamel as Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern. I like Josh Duhamel a lot in everything I've seen him in. I liked him especially in Transformers, with that said, I have a lot of problems with the Transformers movies, but I loved his character in the film and felt it was one of the only redeeming qualities of those films. I think he has the look of a super-hero and I think he could fill out a Green Lantern suit pretty well. I think he's got the personality for it. The only downfall with him is, I've not seen him in much else other than a handful of romantic comedies, a kid's film, a drama, and then the Transformer movies obviously.
Next up we have Sinestro. Mark Strong might have looked the part of Sinestro, but something about him as an actor just really seems...I don't know...cartoonish. He was great in Stardust and Kick-Ass but I don't think that that is what Green Lantern needs.
Look at the Star Trek movies, those are the kind of films that really take sci-fi, make it fun, and yet, keep it grounded. The threat feels real, there's not crass middle-grade poop humor in it. It's the kind of humor adults use on a daily basis but it's not all about humor. They really take the emotional turns where it is necessary and they do it well. That's how Green Lantern should be handled, but I'm way off base, this should be up in the "Theme" part of this article.
So, moving on, the actor I've chosen for Sinestro is Johnny Depp. I really questioned myself at this at first but the more I thought about it, the more I saw it working. Johnny Depp is very much a character actor. He's played the shy and timid Edward in Edward Scissorhands, the loud and eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and he's played the dark and brooding Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and he's done much more than just those. I could really see Johnny Depp reaching in for his inner villain and portraying a visually accurate Sinestro. I think he could look the part especially if you gave him the red skinned, pointy-eared, devil appearance. I implore you not to cast this option out the window and let it sink in your mind. If Johnny Depp was announced as Green Lantern's arch-nemesis, then no, I would not be unhappy.
Lastly, Carol Ferris aka Star Sapphire. I know I said I wanted the Green Lantern movie to stay mostly in space and I still stick with that statement; however, I still think that it should be very important in who gets the lead female role in Green Lantern because I have ideas for sequels (about six of them, Star Wars fashion) and I think that that the actresses who portrays Carol Ferris should also be able to portray a good Star Sapphire. But for now, let's take a look at who Carol Ferris is. She's the head-honcho of Ferris Aircraft and therefore should be somebody who can appear uptight when Hal Jordan is up to his antics of irresponsibility yet, have a small amount of admiration for the "bad-boy" persona that Jordan gives off. There needs to be an energy that flows from the actress who plays Carol and the actor who plays Hal.
So the actress I've chose is Olivia Wilde who I think needs to play a superheroine at some point in her life. She originally was my first choice for Wonder Woman but seeing as how Gal Gadot stole that position, why not give her the role of Carol Ferris aka Star Sapphire? I think she can pull of a strong-willed demeanor. If I was going to cast Olivia Wilde in a Green Lantern movie, it would have to be opposite of Josh Duhamel. Those two look like they could work well together and have great chemistry.
So what do you think of my ideas for a Green Lantern movie? Do you agree that it should remain somewhat of an Origin story? Do you agree that it should be a Hal Jordan Green Lantern? Do you agree with the cast?
Please, sound off below and let me know what you think Green Lantern should be on-screen.
Thank you for reading.