March 24 2013

Ryan Reynolds Blames the Concept for the Failure of Green Lantern

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It is now clear to me that no one involved with the Green Lantern movie had any clue what was going on.

Speaking with Empire, Ryan Reynolds spoke about his eagerness, or lack thereof, to put the power ring back on as the protector of sector 2814. “It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with,” Reynolds said. “So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”

I’m sorry, but what? The concept of Green Lantern is pretty straight forward, it is not that the concept isn’t palatable, it’s that you had a horrible script. After finally seeing the movie I started writing a post about what all went wrong with it, and it was so bad that I finally abandoned it because I couldn’t possibly nail down everything the filmmakers got wrong at the basic storytelling level.

“If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right,” Reynolds told Empire. “I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do.”

And now Reynolds essentially throws the director of Green Lantern – Martin Campbell – under the bus. Here’s a news flash, Reynolds… you agreed to be in the movie. Did you not read the script? Did you not see the gigantic plot holes in the story? The unnecessary characters? The complete lack of character motivations and the insanely broad strokes your own character was painted with? At the end of the day you still signed a contract to appear in the movie, and it is my hope that if someone like Whedon or Nolan ever decided to tackle this rich and deep story, they would have the good sense to not bring you back.

“Palatable.” Really? Take some acting classes and maybe you could be “palatable.”

Source: Empire .

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  • Scripts get rewritten over and over throughout production. So he might have started with him vs Sinestro and then it turned into this cluster.

    Reynolds isn’t exactly an Oscar quality actor, but nor is he the fault. Nor is the director. The producers ruined this. It’s their vision.

    • Sinestro actually was always planned for the second film so they could establish the friendship with Hal in the first (which they really failed at.)

      I think in this particular case there is plenty of blame to go around. There were no redeeming qualities anywhere in this production.

  • Aaron Riddell

    I think what he was saying was pretty fair, I read what he said and basically heard “No one knew what the fuck we were doing with this and thats why it failed”. You took offence because his phrasing strongly implied that the whole gl concept was weak, but i think that was a tongue slip on his part as opposed to what he actually meant.