In a recent episode of Heroic Insider, resident scoop guru Umberto Gonzalez (a.k.a. El Mayimbe) dropped the news that George Miller is being eyed to direct Warner Bros.' upcoming Green Lantern Corps. While at first this may seem like an odd jump, going from Mad Max: Fury Road, an awards season darling and critically acclaimed mega hit, to Green Lantern Corps, a fresh take on a property that stumbled out of the gate on its first go around, I'm here to show you why George Miller is an excellent candidate to go to bat for the Emerald Knights.
1. He knows how to do weird
Part of the reason that Green Lantern has proven to be such a difficult property to adapt cinematically is that it's frankly a bizarre concept. A diverse range of aliens are selected to serve as intergalactic policeman, using a ring powered by a lantern and the color green. It's a lot to grasp and run with, particularly in a movie universe that tries to stay grounded and serious. However, in Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller demonstrated astounding creativity and clarity of vision in bringing to life one of the most bizarre landscapes we've yet seen on film. From the flaming guitar player, to the mentions of Valhalla and chrome, the film was littered with outlandish elements that contributed to a prevailing sense of unorthodox, cohesive beauty. Applied to the rich mythos of the Green Lantern Corps, Miller's confidence in handling the most eccentric of characters and settings could prove a winning formula.
2. Bombast is his middle name
Mad Max: Fury Road is a nitrous-infused shot of adrenaline straight to the auditory and optic nerves that never fails to use the action in service of the story. No explosion is wasted, no amount of destruction narratively wanton. It's at once loud and appropriately furious, while simultaneously delivering a simplicity and clarity that few blockbusters in the post-Transformers era have achieved. Similar to Max's world, the odd collection of landscapes present in the world of the Green Lanterns begs to be laden with all manner of explosions, verdant energy blasts, and alien eye-candy that never forget their purpose in the wider narrative. Further, with Fury Road, Miller demonstrated a stoic assuredness (not uncharacteristic of a lion tamer) in wrangling a story with a scope the size of Mogo himself. Part of the appeal (and danger) of the Green Lantern mythology is the almost endless opportunities for story and adventure, and bringing in someone like Miller to hone and refine that into a story that possesses both scale and intimacy is key.
3. He can handle an ensemble
The name of the film itself tells us that this is going to be an ensemble picture and who better to tackle the potentially intertwining stories of Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and corps than the man who turned the eponymous Max into a supporting character in his own film and brought Furiosa and co. roaring to life in vivid detail. With a virtually unlimited cast of characters to pull from, and the focus being on the Corps and less on its individual members, its crucial to bring in someone like Miller, who has proved to be remarkably adept at giving each character a solid arc and motivation. Just think of Hal as Max, John as Furiosa, and Kyle as Nux and you'll have an idea of how fantastic this could be.
This is all still just a rumor at this point but it's clear that, should he get the job, Miller certainly has the chops to deliver a visually extravagant, and narratively intimate Green Lantern Corps film.