Ryan Reynolds Speaks About Green Lantern's Origin Story
Just last week we heard from Ryan Reynolds (via MTV) and all the excitement he has about working with Martin Campbell on the DC Comics' adaptation of Green Lantern. But with no trailer, no pictures, nor even a simple teaser poster, we're all dying to hear something good about this potential new franchise that will be introducing the world to a superhero who has never made his way to the big screen before. Well now MTV has even more talk from the funnyman-turned-action-hero, with Reynolds giving some insights into the approach to Green Lantern as an origin story, and as a character who's more than just a masked hero.
When planning the first in a hopeful series of films in a new comic book franchise, it's hard to get past the formulaic approach to a hero's origin story in order to properly introduce them to audiences both familiar and unaware. Here are Reynold's comments on how they're dealing with it differently in Green Lantern:
It is [an origin story] to a certain degree, but it's not a labored origin story, where the movie [truly] begins in the third act. The movie starts when it starts. We find out Hal [Jordan] is the guy fairly early on, and the adventure begins."
Not really any new details here, but it's good to hear that they're trying to make the film different from other comic book movies which is something that DC Entertainment is going to have to nail if they want to have a hot property other than Batman. Another plus is that DC and Warner Bros seem to be taking a page from the Marvel Entertainment book, more specifically the Iron Man chapters, to really craft a layered story in this.
"I think you walk away from this first film, and the moments that you remember and the moments that mean so much to you, not unlike 'Iron Man,' are the moments where the guy's not in the suit. That to me is the tough thing to get right. And that's something that they did get right [in 'Iron Man']. You see why this guy's in the suit, and that's what's interesting to me. Not that he is in the suit, but why."
Reynolds is right on the money for the most part, but the other interesting aspect of Tony Stark (which DC has already gotten mostly right with Christopher Nolan's take on Batman) is that Stark isn't like all the other heroes in that he's spectacularly flawed and has to fight his own demons. I'm not entirely certain how dark or hard of a struggle Hal Jordan has to face if any, but Reynolds is right in that Green Lantern can't just be another masked superhero, but rather, he has to have a character with some depth behind the mask as well.
All this talk sounds great, and I hope that Reynolds isn't just blowing smoke up all our asses. Green Lantern can be a really great franchise and a huge step for DC in the right direction. So what do you guys think?