Martin Campbell Likens Green Lantern to Iron Man in Tone
With all the major casting on Martin Campbell's adaptation of DC Comics' Green Lantern finally out of the way, now we can focus on exactly how Campbell will be executing the Green Lantern. No, not how to kill him, but rather, the kind of tone that Campbell is going for. Luckily Collider got some time with Campbell and he comes right out with it: "It will be much more in the tone of Iron Man. It's got to be. Certainly not Batman Begins, which is a pretty dark movie." That's probably for the better since there's already too much dark on the DC Comics side thanks to Batman anyway, but that doesn't mean Hal Jordan won't have depth.
While he probably won't be a copy of Tony Stark, it sounds like Campbell wants a bit more of a hotshot hero.
"He's the Hal Jordan character who's the sort of shoot from the hip, irresponsible kind of cocky test pilot if you will. In fact, the character seems to be the least likely to be chosen as Green Lantern. Well, of course that's the fun of it. So no, it'll be much more like Iron Man. So it'll have one foot in reality if you see what I mean."
So even though Hal Jordan will still have that brash attitude about him, Campbell knows that this character has layers and won't turn him into a walking punchline like Brett Ratner did with Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Campbell spoke further about the basics of Jordan as a character:
"When I first took on the job, I did it because I'd never done a superhero movie before and secondly he's just… He's a psychological character. His powers are psychological. They're to do with will and the enemy is fear and so on and so forth, as opposed to Superman who sort of runs into a phone box, gets the old spandex on and off he goes. So he's a much more complex character…"
Campbell's words combined with what Ryan Reynolds had to say about his excitement and the origin story of Green Lantern pretty much solidifies that it is going to be one hell of a force to be reckoned and might be a good start in giving Marvel Entertainment a run for their money with something other than Batman. For the full interview with Campbell, head on over to Collider. In the meantime, I just can't wait to see the first frame of Green Lantern. Hopefully we'll get to see that soon, but considering they won't start shooting until March down in Louisiana, it'll probably be a while before we get to see that. Still excited for this movie?