How did it all go so wrong for Green Lantern? The character is well-loved with a decent fanbase. Ryan Reynolds was hot property and seemed perfect for the role of Hal Jordan. The supporting cast was strong, the budget was sizeable. The director, Martin Campbell, had made two of the highest regarded Bond movies of the modern era in GoldenEye and Casino Royale, and The Mask Of Zorro was a classic adventure.
So why has it become the joke of the DC comics adaptions? Ryan Reynolds frequently pokes fun at himself for his involvement.
The film grossed $219.9 million off a $200 million budget. High hopes were dashed and chances of a franchise were blown. It caused yet another 2011 and so was considered a major dud at the time.
While doing the promotional rounds for The Protege, Campbell has opened up about the failure of Green Lantern. When talking to Screen Rant he said one big change was forced on him:
“We’ll put it this way: I did have my cut. The point was, right at the beginning of the movie, there was a whole sequence where he’s an 11-year-old kid. It’s how his father dies in the air crash, which was a really good sequence.
But [the production head] at the time decided that he wanted the death of the father intercut with Hal plunging in the plane, and he saw these flashbacks come to him. That was something that I didn’t like very much.”
In the interview he says later that he was just the wrong man for the job and he should have passed:
“But you know what? The film did not work, really. That’s the point, and I’m partly responsible for that. I shouldn’t have done it. Because with something like Bond – I love Bond, and I watched every Bond film before I ever directed it. Superhero movies are not my cup of tea, and for that reason, I shouldn’t have done it. But directors always have to carry the can for the failures. What do they say? Success has many fathers; failure has one. And that’s me.”
Taking it on the chin! If only all of Hollywood could be so honest with itself. Anyway, it’s OK everyone as Greg Berlanti is taking on Green Lantern next… oh.