Do We Need a Green Lantern Reboot?

So ladies and gentlemen, come June 19, 2020 we will have ourselves yet another Green Lantern movie. And not just a Green Lantern film, it’s a Green Lantern Corps movie. It will be an entirely clean reboot that will be a part of the new cinematic universe of DC Comics shared films, that started with Man of Steel. There hasn’t been any official news about who will be the main Lantern. Only talks of Tyrese Gibson wanting to have a crack at portraying Green Lantern John Stewart, however nothing official really.

With that out-of-the-way, we just got to ask ourselves: Do we truly need a reboot? Honestly, I didn’t think we needed a Green Lantern reboot. The 2011 Green Lantern movie had its share of flaws, but it was decent for a first film on the character. I admit that Hal Jordan came off as too comical as opposed to his serious personality that we all know him for in the comics. I will add that I didn’t appreciate how Parallax was shown in the movie. He looked more like some cloud monster and we had Hector Hammond, still talking and walking, and they could’ve done a lot better with him. Then there were of course some plot holes and clichés, eventually the film was considered a failure. So from those views, a reboot sounded like a good idea to many people.

Hear me out now before you call an angry mob on me, if we need a reboot, then it must be done. But on another side, I feel that they should’ve done a sequel that also could be a reboot of sorts, and still continue the franchise. That way, a rebooted sequel could redeem where the first film had failed. Complete with a new director, a recasting for Hal Jordan, and less humor but dark tone. That said, here’s what I would’ve wanted to have seen done in the sequel. And I would go with a story borrowed from a story arc from the comics. We would see Hal Jordan, serious and disciplined, hailed as the greatest Green Lantern ever and provide history between him and Sinestro as enemies as seen in the mid credit scenes of the first one where Sinestro wielded the yellow ring of Fear. Image and video hosting by TinyPicNext allow Jordan to be seduced by the power of Fear, resulting in the rebirth of the entity Parallax (Not a cloud monster) inside Jordan.

This actually happened in Green Lantern #50 in March 1994, in which Hal Jordan becomes evil, renaming himself Parallax from anger upon Coast City being obliterated by Mongul during the Reign of the Supermen story arc.Image and video hosting by TinyPic

This led to a dark path for Hal as he betrayed and went on to slaughter the majority of the Green Lantern Corps as well as the Guardians, (Yikes!!) This is what I always pictured seeing, which also helps with Hal Jordan being stripped away as the main hero, and replaced by someone new who could carry the torch for the movie and beyond. Any Lantern would do, but me personally, I would go with Kyle Rayner only because he was the Lantern who confronted Jordan/Parallax during this angle.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAnother reason why I don’t want a reboot is because I praised Mark Strong’s portrayal of Sinestro, he had the essence of everything I had always imagined in a live action Sinestro. He took the spotlight in every scene he had. Just perfect and I would’ve loved to see more of him in a sequel.

Well that’s my thoughts on the subject. If anyone feels the same way, feel free to comment and let me know what you think would’ve saved the franchise. If you disagree, feel free to rant.

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  • SwampSpectre

    “Do We Need a Green Lantern Reboot?”

    Yes.

    Making a loose sequel that recasts some of the characters would be a mess. I’d like to think the DCEU will be a much smoother, and more cohesive, film universe than the MCU with its two War Machines, two Hulks, two Fandrals and three Howard Starks.

    Most importantly, the DCEU already directly contradicts 2011’s Green Lantern. Green Lantern’s Amanda Waller is not only played by a different actress, but serves a different function than she will in Suicide Squad. The events in Green Lantern were supposed to be Earth’s first known encounter with extraterrestrial life, and so were the events in Man of Steel. It just wouldn’t work without a bunch of sloppy retconning.

    • WarnerBrother

      It may appear sloppy that Marvel had to recast some roles with different actors but the public has shown that
      it can accept such casting moves as an improvement,if done right,as in the case of War Machine and the Hulk.

      Howard Stark wasn’t so much a case of being recast as it was of depicting him at very different
      periods of his life where it would make sense to have a different actor involved.

      Fandral? who really cares?

      As far as Waller Goes,people will accept the recasting the same as they did the Marvel ones,if Viola Davis
      is able to make the role hers and Suicide Squad is giving me no vibes she won’t do that.

      The events of Green Lantern marked the US government’s first hard evidence of aliens(bodies,infections,star ships)
      not the first encounter.Otherwise,why was Waller already running a secret agency tasked with defending Earth from
      aliens if nobody really thought they existed? Green Lantern also established that the government was willing and able
      to go to great lengths to keep such knowledge away from the public.

      It’s also not too hard to imagine that the intelligence community might withhold such information
      from high level civilian/military brass because they didn’t have a need to know.That theme was used
      in Independence Day to explain why the President of the United States was kept in the dark
      by the CIA on the existence of aliens.

      One tactic I could see them using would be to blame the attack on Coast City on a massive toxic waste spill
      that caused survivors to believe the cloud chasing them was alive.

      Green Lantern himself could be played off as some internet hoax or new urban legend like the Batman.
      That could be backed up by the fact that most of those guests at Ferris Aircraft who saw him rescue
      Carol,her father and the Senator,were high level military brass or Aerospace industry people with
      security clearances that could be revoked if they spread “Rumors”

      It was also shown by how the government covered up evidence of the crashed spaceship and when Waller made
      a veiled threat against Hector Hammond when he wanted to go public about Abin Sur’s body.

      Whose to say they didn’t also stage a massive cover up of Green Lantern’s first appearance at Ferris Aircraft and
      the attack on Coast City to avoid a global panic?

      There’s really nothing so far from the Suicide Squad trailer that would make it impossible to believe
      Waller could not be involved/running several different “black” government agencies like ARGUS
      and the NEO.

      Man of Steel only marked the first time that knowledge and proof of extraterrestrial life was made public
      and that was due to the appearance of Black Zero for all the world to see,Zod’s global broadcast and
      the Battle of Metropolis that involved spaceships and flying aliens.

      • SwampSpectre

        Some of those story points/continuity fixes you list could actually work if Warner wanted them to. They clearly don’t want them to, though.

        You’re not gonna get me to budge on the recasting business, however. Sure the general public has proven that a movie series can be as sloppy as it wants if the script is funny enough and there are enough explosions, but from an objective film-making standpoint, recasting mid-continuity is a flaw. Most people may not notice it, or care, but as a fan of film first, and a fan of comic book characters second, I notice, and I care.

        Anytime an actor is recast, I instantly think of the diner fight sequence in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and the bit at the end of 22 Jump St. where Jonah Hill is “seamlessly” replaced by Seth Rogen for a fake future sequel.

        You may not mind recasting, you may even love recasting, but that doesn’t change the fact that it breaks up visual continuity in a series. While the general movie-going public might gobble up the resulting turd, I’d prefer to skip it.

  • Damien

    The answer is yes because the Green Lanterns are fucking awesome and deserve a better movie.

    • JimmyRustler

      Far Far better movie.