There has been no sign of a development in either the Batman or Superman franchises for many moons now, and a recent rumor that DC Comics had put a stop on all feature film developments lead many to believe that Marvel was running the show on the super hero flick front. Well… that may not be the case.
There have been rumblings that James Bond ‘Casino Royale’ (the new one, not the classic 60′s one) director Martin Campbell has been approached by Warner Bros. to bring their next big comic book franchise to the fore. Finally, Green Lantern will be receiving the star treatment that many fans have been waiting for. An interesting choice, Campbell could bring the kind of gravity and importance to a Green Lantern film that it desperately needs. Keep in mind, at one time there were talks of casting Jack Black as the unlikely bearer of the magic green ring. Oh, my sides. But Campbell could bring that certain something to the project that may result in Green Lantern being a major property. Remember how badly off Batman was before Chris Nolan…
While the original Green Lantern was created in 1940 by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell, the current Green Lantern and star of this film would be Hal Jordan, a test pilot introduced in the Silver Age version of the series in 1960. A tough-as-nails loner with no fear and a defiant hairdo, Jordan has been regarded as THE Green Lantern by fans despite the DC Editorial’s numerous attempts at introducing replacements. Possessing a ring that is capable of nearly any feat the bearer can imagine, Jordan remains the most revered of the corps due to his fearless nature. A member of a galactic police force, Jordan has faced numerous threats including the strange freak of evolution known as the Shark, the robotic army of Manhunters, the mad yet brilliant Hector Hammond and many others. His former mentor Sinestro remains Jordan’s chief foe, a villain that stands against everything the Green Lantern Corps holds dear.
At one time Green Lantern was a bit of a joke and couldn’t hold a readership to save his publication life, but today the series is an enormous hit and a major pull for DC readers. Given the current state of his popularity and the unlikelihood of any other properties coming along, it is the perfect time to launch this character into a film franchise.
Let’s just hope they don’t cast Jack Black.