By Bryan Martin
Though there has still been no confirmation as to whether or not we’ll see the Emerald Crusader in this year’s upcoming Justice League, a report from Deadline states that DC and Warner Bros. are moving forward with the Green Lantern Corps movie with a script to be written by David Goyer and Justin Rhodes.
Most remember Goyer due to his previous work on the Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and more recently as the major contributor to DC’s Extended Universe with Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. Justin Rhodes, on the other hand, has only a few credits to his name. His most notable work is 2008’s Contract Killers, which he also directed, and has an incredibly low 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Goyer will also take on producing duties for the project with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg serving as executive producers.
The script is being described as Lethal Weapon in space and will include both Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart as members of the Green Lantern Corps. By taking advantage of the buddy-cop approach, DC could be aiming to drop the dark tones of its previous entries in favor of a more light-hearted yet action packed romp. Also, DC may be trying to move away from its Earth based heroes and explore its intergalactic history, a move that worked well for Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy and, with the right director, could do the same for them.
This storyline brings back memories of the animated film, Green Lantern: First Flight, which also took place off Earth and explored the origins of Hal Jordan and his early days training under Sinestro. By focusing the story on the Corps itself, the film would allow viewers to see more of Sinestro’s oversight as a leading member of the Green Lantern Corps and his slow but steady disillusionment with the organization as a whole that eventually leads to him becoming their greatest enemy. This could be the first groundwork for the strong, consistent villain in the DC Extended Universe.
Right now there is too little to report on where the story will take our intergalactic peacekeepers, but Deadpool put it best when he merely asked that the super suit “not be animated”.
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