A “Darker, Edgier” Green Lantern in 2014?

Despite the fact that critic and audiences aren’t clamoring for a sequel, Warner Bros are pressing forward with a second Green Lantern.

From the LA Times:

“We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”

I like the Green Lantern character but didn’t check out the movie because the marketing was all over the place. However, I can’t stand the “make it dark” note films get these days, mostly to try and get a piece of the action that The Dark Knight got. Studios don’t seem to realize that audiences responded to that movie because it was good, not because the tone struck their fancy.

Another interesting piece of info is Warner Bros’ inclination to ditch director Martin Campbell for a fresh start, but Campbell’s contract gives him first dibs on the sequel. If that’s the case, the studio will have to pay a bit of change before even settling on a new director. That’s not a particularly great note to start out on.


John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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