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Old 07-16-04, 07:38 AM
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Green Lantern "confirmed"

And I say "confirmed" in quotations only because it's AICN.
All Those Rumors About GREEN LANTERN... They’re True! Dear God, They’re True!!
Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...
Jack Black has closed his deal. He will be playing Green Lantern in a film that has been described as a “zany comedy version a la THE MASK.” All rights to the DC comic have been worked out as well, so you can expect to start hearing more about this project in the months ahead.
As I understand it, DC Comics tried desperately to dodge this bullet, but ultimately, they don’t have the right to veto something if Warner Bros. really wants to make it happen. This is the problem with the way DC’s deal with their corporate overlords is structured. Their hands are tied. As much as they are aware of the problem with this approach to the material, they just have to sit back and watch it happen along with fans of the character and the rich mythology that has been established over the long run of the various GREEN LANTERN titles.
I like Jack Black. I really do. I’m dying to see what he does in KING KONG because I trust the director and the rest of the creative team, and I have a feeling they’ll find the right way to harness his energy. But this GREEN LANTERN gives me gas right away. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Maybe they’ll find a way to make it funny without totally trashing everything that’s ever made the title great. And maybe this’ll be exactly as godawful as it sounds. Either way, this one just passed from “rumor” to “confirmed news,” so brace yourselves, comic fans. It’s coming...
While I'd love to see a Green Lantern movie, this just isn't it for me. I hope to God this Jack Black rumor is false. I want to see a decent version of Green Lantern on the big screen. Black would look more like the fat guy wearing the Lantern t-shirt that used to work at my local comic shop.
Old 07-16-04, 08:02 AM
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I hope this is false. I've had an assfull of Jack Black and although a Guy Gardner version of GL could be funny, they should start with Hal Jordan or the Original GL.
Old 07-16-04, 08:49 AM
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Oh you've got to be kidding me. I've been waiting a long time for a GL (my favorite comic book character) movie, and they do a friggin comedy......with the horrible Jack Black no less???!!! WTF?
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Oh you've got to be kidding me. I've been waiting a long time for a GL (my favorite comic book character) movie, and they do a friggin comedy......with the horrible Jack Black no less???!!!


edit: Amazing how excited one can be to click a thread only to so thoroughly disappointed after leaving the thread.
Old 07-16-04, 08:52 AM
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kill me now.....
Old 07-16-04, 10:36 AM
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Let's see:

--The general public neither knows nor cares who Green Lantern is. They'd be just as happy if Jack Black played a zany superhero named the Crimson Tide or the Purple People Eater.

--The people who DO know and care who Green Lantern is don't want to see him in a zany comedy, and will actively bitch and moan about it from now until the movie is released.

--So clearly the thing to do is to make a zany Green Lantern comedy.

Yep, you can tell this is coming from the same brilliant studio that brought us Catwoman.
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Lets face it ...

Now matter how they spin GL it would be difficult to make it a serious and edgy action/drama. I was a big fan of the comic as a kid, but a movie translation would have little chance of success .... unless it is a comedy.

Less we forget ...

Captain America (1991)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103923/
Old 07-16-04, 10:54 AM
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First they kill him off now they are going to let Jack Black play him. Green Lantern is the Rodney Dangerfield of comics.

Patrick Steward as Abin Sur?
Courtney Cox as Carrol Ferris/Star Sapphire?
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I like Green Lantern. He's probably my third favorite superhero character after Supes and Flash.

I like Jack Black. I think School of Rock is one of the best movies I've seen in recent years.

However, Jack Black as Green Lantern just will NOT work.
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Jack Black as GL?????? No freakin way. I love GL, one of my favorite comics. But Black, he truly sucks. I can't see this movie working.
Old 07-16-04, 11:25 AM
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Well, unlike Catwoman.. there actually are a lot of different Green Lanterns in the corps.

As long as Jack Black isn't Hal Jordan, Kyle Raynor or Guy Gardner, I can see them working it out someway. Maybe if they give Kevin Smith scripting duties?
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I agree this sounds like a terrible, terrible idea. Marvel has shown with X-Men and Spider-Man that it's possible to make well-received dramatic superhero movies that don't mock the characters or try to milk them for laughs. It's truly a shame that DC (or more likely Warner Bros, who owns DC) can't see this. I believe there's certainly room for a comedic superhero movies (such as "Mystery Men" or the upcoming "Incredibles"), but if they feel they must have a Jack Black superhero movie, I'd much rather they come up with an original character instead of crapping all over an old one.

On the other hand, Warner's reasoning is no mystery. It pains me to say it, but these days a comic book is considered successful if it sells 50,000 copies. 50,000! How large is the movie going audience in this country? 40, 50 million? Is it any wonder they feel no need to cater to the comic fans?
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Truthfully, they should dig up the old Plastic Man script and give that to Jack Black. I still have that script and the storyboards.
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There goes my hopes for a Green Lantern/Green Arrow movie, starring John Cusack and Jeremy Piven, respectively.

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I don't believe it.
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Well I don't know much about Green Lantern but I haven't liked a Jack Black movie since High Fidelity so I have to give this a thumbs down.
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Love Green Lantern. With CGI, this could've been pretty sweet.
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There's something seriously wrong with this idea.
Green Lantern is not a comic book property that could translate well into a "zany" comedy.

Just leave it alone if you are not going to treat the material with respect or at least with some common sense.

What's WB thinking??? First Catwoman, now Green Lantern, then there's the whole ongoing saga with Superman.

I pray that "Batman Begins" with Nolan and Bale turns out alright.
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I feel bad for DC since they realize that this direction was wrong for the character. Too bad that their parent company executives didn't agree with them.
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DC is in a really horrible, horrible situation. First Catwoman, now Green Lantern, two gaurantied dreadful movies bases on very famous comic book properties, neither of which will get mainstream, non-comic book readers into a comic book store wanting to check out the new issue of Green Lantern, b/c the movie was so cool. I can tell you for sure, from co-owning a comic book store for the past 6 years, that when the Spider-man & X-men movies came out, I cannot tell you how many people came in saying "I haven't read a a comic in years, but the movie was has me wanting to get back into them" , or "I never read the comics before, but damn that movie was good so I think I'll check a few issues out." And what makes it even worse is that DC put's out the best comics on the stands by far, & Marvel puts out the worse, yet their movies are the ones increasing sales on their comics.

And what makes this even worse is that I cannot stand Jack Black.
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Considering the source...Im gonna wait until I see a poster, and or trailer for this "rumor".
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Apparently Warner Bros. is desperately trying to kill off any interest in any DC property.
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Green Lantern was always my favorite superhero and I really like Jack Black, however these two do not mix at all. I really don't want to see a Green Lantern as an over-weight bumbling idiot, that should be reserved for The Tick.
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Who at DC/WB comes up with such piss poor idea's for such great franchises? Honestly, what are they smoking?
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Man, how about R. Lee Ermey as Plastic Man?

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