In Hollywood, just making a buck over what you spent on a movie (production costs + advertising) is enough to justify a sequel or two. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., “Green Lantern” isn’t one of those films. Made for a reported $200 million production budget, the film has only earned $154 million worldwide so far. That’s not even including the cost of promoting the film, which in Hollywood terms, could be anywhere from half the production budget to 3/4ths, or in some cases, double the budget. However you slice it, the real cost of bringing “Green Lantern” to the big screen for your consumption is more along the lines of $300-$350 million, if not more. When you consider that, the $154 million that “Green Lantern” has made seems like an epic disaster.
Of course, don’t tell WB prez Jeff Robinov that. Perhaps under the impression that he needs to keep a brave face, Robinov tells the LATimes’ Hero Complex that they’re still working on a sequel. Except this time the sequel will balance the Earth-space sequences better, and oh yeah, it’ll also be “edgier and darker”. Cause, you know, a guy in a green costume flying around outer space willing giant green hammers or anti-artillery guns with his mind can definitely turn into a Batman-lite all of a sudden.
We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience. 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.
Robinov confirms that they already have an outline for a sequel by “Green Lantern” writers Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, though that outline will probably be tweaked to accommodate the new “edgier and darker” initiative.
Plus, say goodbye to Martin Campbell, who will be jettison from the sequel for a new director. That is, of course, if in their infinite wisdom Warner Bros. actually goes through with their threat to do a sequel to the Emerald Knight. Unless the film does a gazillion dollars on DVD and Blu-ray, I just don’t see it happening. But then again, I’ve been wrong before. Hollywood can be pretty stubborn when it wants to.
Speaking of stubborn, are we ever going to see that “Flash” movie? Robinov thinks so — eventually. Robinov confirms that they have a “a solid script” for a movie about the fastest man alive, and once again reiterates his desire to make a “Justice League” movie … eventually. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though.