Warner Still Insists They’re Doing Green Lantern 2, The Flash and Justice League

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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.

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  • coffeex

    “oh yeah, it’ll also be ‘edgier and darker’ ” .. lol.

  • Milkgod

    Green Latern wasn’t that bad man – I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece but I think they told the story good and had great graphics.

  • Juggernaut

    I think that with the right director and writers a sequel can work. The darker, edgier slant is kinda unessisary. They did a proper, albeit rushed, set up for Sinestro Corps. and a more seasoned take on Hal could be cool. As for the Flash and JL movies I don’t see it happening. Even if they did something similar to what Marvel is doing that is still a four or five year down the line scenario.

  • Lexavi80

    Dude, Green Lantern was a disaster!. I’m a big fan of the books, and although I wasn’t expecting much of this movie (because of the trailers and pics and stuff), I honestly think I lost my money on that.

    Terrible script, terrible effects, no character development….

    They need to wait years before making this film again and with another cast.

    • Juggernaut

      Granted it was no Dark Knight but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting. My opinion is that they can only go up from the first one.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Im with Buggy. I enjoyed the film. Could it have been better? Of course but it was no “Elektra” The biggest problem I had was coming back to Earth. It seemed unnecessary, and it woulda been cooler to stay in space. I think like Juggernaut said a more seasoned Hal and. darker story would work. Flash can happen but I think the idea if a JL Movie is way off unless they do it stand alone, and even then you’ll have different incarnations of the characters, not a bad thing but confusing.

  • Falock_09

    i think the studio should take a lesson from their animation department, because the animated movies are better then all of the DC movies ever released. the animation knows how to do it right let bruce timm, and paul dini on the creative staff for the movie adaptations and they will give fans what we want, and tell stories engaging enough to entice general audience. i have played these movies in front of non DC fans and they love these tales, not all were amazing however, under the red hood, and crisis on two earths were on of the best. please please take a hint

  • Epic_Myth

    I don’t see why they haven’t moved forward more with The Flash?
    Always seemed like a less risky and more grounded CGI-type movie to make by comparison if they wanted to try and really expand their comic repertoire.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    Hasn’t appeared in Australia yet, but by heraing what most of my friends say, they don’t want to watch, they said it looks bad, but I reckon it looks epic

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    If there is a JL movie, I hope it consists of Superman, Wonderwoman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Martian manhunter, Green arrow, Black Canary, (I think they will stop there but I do also want), Red Tornado and Zatana

  • Harvie Krumpet

    People really need to stop dumping on Green Lantern. I grew up a Marvel fan so I don’t know much about the Green Lantern mythos but I had a great time watching this film. The directing was good, the casting was great. I had my reservations about Ryan Reynolds but I think with the character that he was given he did a fantastic job. I haven’t seen Peter Sarsgaard play a bad role yet so great job casting him. I don’t understand anyone who says there was no character development because that was the whole premise of the movie. The effects were great, which I was a little skeptical off because in the trailers they looked a little sketchy but seemed to be polished off it the movie.
    I really don’t understand why people can’t seem to go a see and fun superhero movie. It seems that everyone wants so bad to legitimize comics as adult literature that they forget the fun that comics should be. Everything needs to be so based in reality that people don’t seem to understand that comics used to be about challenging the boundaries of our imaginations. Why are the fantastic worlds of childlike wonderment being continuously stomped on by people saying you can’t do that.
    In all I really think people should give this movie a try. Give yourself a day off of being a callous adult and just enjoy a movie about good old fashioned comic book heroics. Not all comic movies need to be dark and edgy with deep social issues, lets just watch some guys in tights punch the crap out of each other.