Martin Campbell Talks About Green Lantern Visual Effects
Most of the recent updates I've seen on DC Comics' Green Lantern movie have been about how they're moving production from Australia to New Orleans due to budgetary concerns. Now we have another new update, from director Martin Campbell himself, that's actually about the movie and the visual effects and what we'll be seeing on the big screen in 2011. It's nothing major, but it's a solid update. Campbell talked with Empire recently (via Coventry Telegraph) and said that there are going to be a lot of effects shots. "It's daunting. Just the process, something like 1,300 visual effects shots, it's mind-blowing, quite honestly."
Well, sure, we all hope it's going to be mind-blowing Mr. Campbell, but what does that mean for us right now? Before we go any further, Campbell himself explains why it'll be so effects heavy - the Green Lantern ring Ryan Reynolds wears is, obviously, superpowered. And that means it can do a lot, as he explains here:
"It's energised by a battery on the planet of Oa, which taps into the willpower of everyone in the universe. From that ring you can form constructs. So if you got into a fight, you could form a giant fist. Or a fighter plane."
Hint, hint? All of the Green Lantern fans out there are saying "okay, we knew that, big deal?" Well, the reason why this is a big deal is because that confirms that: a) Martin Campbell knows the Green Lantern character very well, which is so important for the director, and b) they're not going to scrap the bigger story for some localized Earth-based story about a Green Lantern crime fighter. As in, now we know that they're actually keeping the Green Lantern Corps (who knows how much of it we'll see?) which means we may even see Hal Jordan go to planet Oa. Speaking of which:
"He's the only superhero to my knowledge who regularly goes to another planet. Superman and Batman were essentially locked into a particular city. The Lantern isn't so Earthbound."
Ah, so it sounds like he will be leaving Earth, maybe even a few times. Now this is the big, awesome Green Lantern movie I've been waiting to see. It's exactly why I don't mind that they shoot this in New Orleans. Where they're shooting doesn't really matter, what matters the most is that they have reserved enough of the budget to work on effects afterwards, because this will be very effects heavy and I really don't want to see any cheap CGI like in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. So far it sounds like they're moving in the right direction and that Martin Campbell definitely knows what he's doing. We'll keep you updated on this! Sound good?