May 6 2008

Where Is The Green Lantern Movie?

Green Lantern

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power…Green Lantern’s light!

Where is my Green Lantern movie? All of these comic book movies being made, and doing well, and I still see no sign of a Green Lantern movie!

True, DC Comics has not had the film success of Marvel, but if any other character in the DC stable, outside of Superman and Batman, screams for a movie, it’s a movie about Hal Jordan and his spiffy ring.

For those of you unfamiliar with the character… for shame… but I shall be kind and fill you in any way.

Hal Jordan was a test pilot for Ferris Industries, and one day while sitting in a simulator, he found himself enveloped in a green light that tore the cockpit from it’s bolts, and sent him sailing across the desert landscape. When he landed, he found himself outside of a crashed spaceship that held an injured alien named Abin Sur.

Abin told Hal that he was the Green Lantern and that he was dying, and that he must pass his ring on to someone who was worthy of it by being a good person and having a strong will. He passed the ring to Hal, along with it’s accompanying power battery. Every 24-hours Hal must recharge the ring by saying the words I put at the top of the post, and then he can create anything he can imagine with the power of the ring. The only caveat to the ring’s power is it is ineffective against anything yellow due to an impurity in the ring.

So, of course, his main enemy has to be a guy named Sinestro who has a yellow version of the power ring. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

As the series progressed over the years, you learned that Hal was but one of 3600 Green Lanterns, each with their own sector of space to patrol (Hal’s was Sector 2814), and that the rings were invented, and maintained, by the Guardians of the Universe.

Well… where is it? Maybe it’s just me, but all of the elements are here for a great movie (action type hero… aliens… sci-fi… built-in villain… an obvious weakness… easy merchandising), but yet nothing ever seems to come of this idea. There have been rumblings here and there over the years of a potential movie, but then it never goes anywhere. What exactly is the issue? For crying out loud, they got that disaster of a movie, Catwoman, onto screens, so surely they could do this one!

I think this only bugs me because it is almost conspicuous in how this movie does not exist in that DC is owned by Warner Brothers, a major movie studio. Are they incapable of looking at their own intellectual properties and seeing what they can do with them? I man, for crying out loud, Marvel is giving the Punisher a -third- try after the first two failed! Don’t get me wrong, you all know how excited I am for The Dark Knight, but I think it’s time to move on past “the big two” in the DC Universe and give some of the other characters a go. Did any one really think Blade, a character barely known in the Marvel comics universe would spawn three movies? So, there is a precedent for lesser known characters making successful transitions to film.

Come on, DC… give us a Green Lantern movie!

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