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Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018) and Wonder Woman 2 (2019), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Shazam!, Black Adam, Cyborg, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman and Justice League sequels.

Link to our thread on the earlier Green Lantern (2011).

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Warners: ‘Green Lantern 2′ will be edgier; Flash has solid script
Green Lantern may have a future on the big screen, but likely not with the same director.
Despite the big-budget superhero movie’s disappointing box office performance so far, Warner Bros. executives still want to find a way to make a sequel work. Bringing superheroes from its DC Comics unit to the big screen is a top priority for the studio, and executives believe that the problem with “Green Lantern” was in execution, not concept. They even have ideas on how to turn things around next time.
“We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.” . . .
Warner Bros. already has an outline for a sequel on hand written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, who all worked on the script for the original. However, several people familiar with the thinking of executives there who were not authorized to speak on the record say Warner will likely make significant changes to the outline, if not start over from scratch, in developing a sequel.
One change the executives are quite certain of, however: They would like a new director. Warner Bros. was not thrilled with the work of “Green Lantern” director Martin Campbell, the people said, and would likely seek a new director for a sequel should one go into production.
However, one person close to Campbell said the director’s contract gave him an option to work on a sequel, meaning the studio would likely need to reach some accommodation with the “Casino Royale” and “Legend of Zorro” director in order to go ahead without him. . . .
Los Angeles Times, August 2

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Wait a minute, didn't Martin Campbell already indicate that he had no interest in directing the sequel?

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Does Robinov know any other descriptors besides Dark and Edgy? He said the same thing about almost every super-hero film since the Dark Knight...that was the lesson he took away. I imagine him saying stuff like this in real life. "Honey? Next year our anniversary party needs to be darker and edgier." "Tomorrow, I want a darker and edgier parking spot." "Next time, I think the pizza should be darker and edgier."

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Warner Bros. zeroes in on heroes

With the Batman trilogy winding down and Superman returning to theaters next summer, plans to put more of DC Comics' superheroes on the bigscreen are coming together nearly three years after Warner Bros. took back control of characters.

This week, the studio revealed it tapped "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall to revive "Justice League," which WB unplugged in 2008, and hired Michael Goldenberg (one of the many writers of "Green Lantern") to pen "Wonder Woman."

Those projects now join in development films based on the Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Lobo, the Suicide Squad and Shazam. DC and WB are also facing a decision on how to reboot Batman once "The Dark Knight Rises" completes Christopher Nolan's take on the caped crusader, featuring Christian Bale in the cowl.

Studio is figuring out whether to bring back Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern in a sequel to last year's actioner or relaunch the character in a completely new way. Goldenberg ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix") was brought on board in 2010 to write the screenplay for the sequel, a year before the first film bowed. . . .

With "Harry Potter" having ended its run, WB is clearly turning to DC to help launch new franchises.

But the studio is being especially careful with the characters now after the disappointing perf of "Green Lantern," which earned nearly $220 million at the worldwide box office last year.

According to sources close to the development process, the studio learned that when making a superhero pic, it needs to tap creatives that genuinely understand the characters the way Joss Whedon was comfortable with "The Avengers." . . .

Variety, June 7

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The most significant problem for DC is all their movies seem to take place in their own universe. Green Lantern had no hint that there might be other heroes out there. Marvel kicked their Avengers set up with a bang. DC has not had any such plan and therefore nothing to solidify the idea that these characters inhabit a larger shared universe.

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The most significant problem for DC is all their movies seem to take place in their own universe. Green Lantern had no hint that there might be other heroes out there.

Last paragraph of my GL review:

In the end, the filmmakers seem not to appreciate the idea of expanding DC’s big-screen presence beyond Superman and Batman. At a time when Marvel movies are savvily building a cross-franchise universe toward next year’s Avengers film, a flying man in a green suit appears in a new cinematic world — and there’s no sense of what that world makes of him. The first time Hal’s friend Tom sees the suit, he chortles, “You’re a super hero!” Does he mean “like in comic books and movies”? Or “like those guys over in Metropolis and Gotham City”? If you aren’t interested in questions like that, why are you making this movie?

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David S. Goyer Is Interested in ‘Green Lantern’ Movie

With the highest grossing Warner Bros. and DC Comics superhero movies already under his belt, writer David S. Goyer has his sights set on one of the studio’s least successful adaptions — “Green Lantern.”

Goyer, who co-wrote the screenplays for Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” is currently working on Snyder’s still-untitled Batman vs Superman movie.

Aside from the Sandman, who could be depicted on the bigscreen by Joseph Gordon-Levitt thanks to Goyer’s pitch to WB, Goyer told Collider that he’s interested in another Justice League member as well.

“I would love to do ‘Green Lantern,’” Goyer said when asked about “Man of Steel’s” depiction of an alien world versus that of “Green Lantern.” “I really wanted to showcase Krypton as a truly alien world. That was one of the things I wanted to do from the beginning when I got involved in the project. At his heart, Superman’s always been a science fiction story. I wanted to lean into that, and so did Chris, and so did Zack, so I was just glad we were able to.” . . .

Variety, March 31

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