Okay, here we are with an idea, a character, and four movies where this Green Lantern guy fit in. No, lets make it five movies because one already played out and like it or not, what happened in that movie does figure in to what happens next. This movie was titled Green Lantern and the obvious main character was played by Ryan Reynolds. Next up we have Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is due in theaters in March 2016. Then a year later we get Justice League 1, followed by Justice League 2 and finally, The Green Lantern Corp.
First things first, and who is Green Lantern? Yeah yeah, everybody knows he is an intergalactic policeman with a power ring a dead alien gave him that opereates on will, meaning he can will anything he can imagine to appear, courtesy of the ring which produces constructs in green energy. But what I meant is WHO is he when the credits roll at the end of a movie. So now if you are one of those people who insists that we have to have John Stewart when the gate opens and the race begins then the name you will and are hearing is Tyrese Gibson. But the thing is, you likely will not see him until The Green Lantern solo film titled Green Lantern Corp, or Justice League 2. The only thing that could change that is if a monkey wrench comes flying out of the hand of Zac Snyder that amounts to sacrificing history for the sake of providing cultural diversity.
Okay, having John Stewart works, but only later in Green Lantern Corp, or just maybe Justice League 2, and we will come back to that. But first we are back at the best known Green Lantern based on exposure since his first appearance in comic books back in 1960. The man most fans have been calling for is Chris Pine to play the part of Hal Jordan, and this goes back as far as before the Green Lantern Movie that has been branded a failure. Maybe the actor who played Hal Jordan was the reason the movie failed, and maybe it wasn't but maybe Ryan Reynolds wasn't as good a fit as Chris Pine do to Reynolds being too much of a wide guy, and honestly, I had a problem with how Hal the cocky test pilot was "afraid", or perhaps another actor who keeps popping up as a favorite for the part, Nathan Fillion. . At this point I think its time to surrender on the Fillion idea though and embrace the idea of Chris Pine being Hal Jordan. Its just a rumor, but I think its time to accept the rumor as the way it is.
So, now lets look at just what was wrong with Green Lantern the movie. Was it really Ryan Reynolds fault? No. An actor does not control what the script tells him to say, not unless his name is Robert Downey Jr. The writers for the movie were Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldman. Of the four Greg Berlanti has been connected with DC Comics for quite a while and he should have known better than to try and load up the story with so much on the plate in a debut of a new character like that. Its an origin story and the purpose of such a story is to develop the character, not throw every detail about the Green Lantern Universe into a little soup bowl that is way too small. There was just way too much there, including a minor villain (Hector Hammond), another villain (Parallax) who is of the magnitude of one who usually closes out the third installment of a 3 movie franchise and a ridiculous number of alien Green Lanterns, a character we know will become Star Sapphire and of course, Sinestro.
One complaint I read some where was of the CGI special effects. This is Green Lantern and he is a space cop so special effects are a huge part of the story, but lets face it, the suit sucked and why, because there was no suit and what we got didn't have the classic look. He might as well have been naked, but wait, if the CGI graphics are turned off he was naked. And the constructs his ring generated were not the most imaginative, starting with Hal's rescue of Carrol Ferris and her father aboard the helicopter. I mean really, a green Hot Wheels race car on an elevated green Hot Wheels track was pitiful.
The only thing that works as far as constructs is the green fist. If you are a comic book fan, you wanted this more than anything else he might have created just for the sake of nostalgia, just as it was a golden moment when Steven Amell launched the green boxing glove arrow on his television show, Arrow. Nostalgia draws a crowd, and we got our taste of it twice during the fight with the ex-Ferris Aircraft employees and again at the end when Hal sent Parallax flying into the sun. This worked as a positive for the movie, but Parallax himself did not.
Besides the idea that Parallax shouldn't have appeared in the origin story the CGI creation of the creature was lame. It started out looking like something from The Muppets Take Manhattan In Hell. It was bad, period. Then think about this, the Parallax I have read about was a being that possessed Hal Jordan and made Green Lantern the actual physical form of the being. And Hal then gained fame as Parallax by killing millions of people. In this form there are actually some people who think of Hal as a brutal killer who is definitely not heroic and far less than the greatest Green Lantern. For the sake of accuracy, and again, nostalgia, this is the way Parallax should have played out. But not in an origin story. Martin Campell, as the director, is to blame, both for going with a story that was bad out of the gate and for how he put the film together. This is why the movie failed.
In Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice will we see Green Lantern. Most likely not, not anymore than some small cameo appearance or action that tells us there is a Green Lantern out there somewhere. He will most likely be an actual participant late in Justice League 1. Justice League 2 will probably provide something that leads us into Green Lantern Corp, and then, if Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment were so inclined, bring the Parallax entity in and possess Hal, turn him evil and save the universe with the Lantern Corp and poor Halis the subject of an amazing funeral that cameos the JLA. At this point not only do we get John Stewart but Kyle Raynor and perhaps even Guy Gardner and others. John Stewart, they should consider bringing him into the picture in Justice League 2. Justice League 2, and perhaps near the end would be a perfect time to introduce Sinestro and Cheetah into a team that by the time Justice League 2 films could already include Lex Luthor, the Joker, Professor Zoom, and Black Manta.
The big thing to avoid Martin Campbell's mistake is go slow, introduce the character, grow him and then unleash the Corp. The one thing wrong with this idea is Justice League 2 would no longer be suited for a Darkseid appearance, but on the other hand its perfect for a Brainiac appearance. In this way we get all of the Green Lanterns we have been begging for, everybody is happy.