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Warner Bros. Still Planning 'Green Lantern' Sequel Despite Box Office

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June 27, 2011
Source: THR

Green Lantern

Despite the fact that the film cost around $200 million to produce (rumor has it that marketing costs pushed it to nearly $300 million) and only raking in just over $118 million so far this box office summer, Warner Bros. still has plans to move forward on Green Lantern sequel. THR says the studio has been said to be "somewhat disappointed" in the performance of the film at the box office, but they have faith in the franchise down the road.  We've been hearing about development on the sequel since way before the sequel was released, but box office performance was a certainly concern in preventing that until now.

Honestly, though the comic book film isn't perfect, it doesn't warrant the harshly negative reviews it's been receiving. The film is a fun, literally out-of-this-world superhero flick that has some fun action, and crafts a spectacular comic book universe on screen. In addition, without spoiling anything, the scene during the end credits spectacularly sets up the story for the sequel, and I can't wait to see the next chapter unfold on the big screen. If anything, maybe filmmakers will have learned from their mistakes with this first film (too much mythology, not enough character development and substance) and craft a superior sequel. At least that's what I'm hoping.

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  • Cox4109
    I agree 100%. 
  • Zen
    I agree 98% The scene during the credits was tacky and unnecessary. Why not save that for the next film? Could have been a great teaser.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    It's a piece of crap.  Reboot!
  • Babyjane
    "If anything, maybe filmmakers will have learned from their mistakes with this first film" Not if you're even considering a sequel. 
    • Yeah, if you say, "Screw it! The movie may be horrible and did bad but we're making a sequel anyway." You ain't got your head straight to make it better.
      • Neuromancer
        To be honest, I'd rather they acknowledge the failure of a movie they want to continue with instead of not acknowledging it at all and proceding to make an even worse sequel. Perhaps GL 2 will be what the first one should have been, if they totally switch gears. I don't mind anyone taking another shot at it as long as they have a different approach. I remain open for a possible good outcome. The problem will probably be, besides actually taking a different approach with the sequel, to set up their marketing campagne in such a way that will make people understand that the sequel won't be similar to the first one. I don't really know how the business works but if they decide to create a GL sequel with a different director/writers, I'll allow it.
  • Adam L
    the sequel will be a hell of a lot better
    • Frank
      Keep telling yourself that.
      • Adam L
        i know right, im hoping hahaha
  • Ron
    I think the idea of actually green-lighting the sequel is far from certain at this point. They've been saying this even before the first movie was even completed! But if they do;they need a major overhaul! I won't be surprised if they say it will be a reboot/re-envisioning/whatever of the first one. I just hope they get it right.
  • Kamish
    Will likely break even or even make money after all the over seas cash is tallied...all the ties-in to other things will make it profitable to do one or two more, even if just for dvd/blu-ray sales...
  • Ganthet
     The issue with a GL film is introducing the lore of the GL Corp, their rings, the Guardians, etc in one film. Granted, they did create a large threat and introduced a lot of characters but it should have been spread over 3 films, not one. It wasn't great, not terrible either. GL isn't a character for mainstream audiences.
  • Sniffycunthound
    thats what they get for casting that dumb@ss ryan reynolds, Ive said it from the beginning
    • Adam L
      he wasnt the problem with it though.. script was and the directing
  • Harm
    How about they learn from their mistakes and... IDK maybe actually RESPECT the mythology instead of you know - raping it?  While Green Lantern wasn't as disrespectful as others - it wasn't great and I felt spent FAR too much time playing the "I'm afraid of myself" BS which plagues Hwood movies.  Hal Jordan is a character who stepped up at every opportunity and was a hero PRIOR to putting on the ring.  Its funny that they make a piss poor movie and then people blame the mythology instead of crappy movie makers.
  • Firstly, I enjoyed this flick. Wasn't crazy about the Parallax villain, but I liked the whole universe of Green Lanterns. Secondly, I liked Ryan Reynolds as GL. Thirdly, the set-up for the sequel promises to be a good one for the next villain. I hope the sequel happens. 
  • Anonymous
    this movie blew nuts. they need a sequel to save the franchise
  • That's great news.  I knew they weren't walking away.  The flaws are fixable, better script, better editing and a director that fits the world of GL.  Blake, ahhh if they want no big deal but RR did do a great job.  I'm looking forward to this.  What would be dope if is they announce this for 2013 along with Flash
  • Rooneyman
    How about making it longer since everything in the first movie was completely rushed. The movie was good, however it needed to slow down and show more character Growth.
  • KD
    No Reynolds was definitely the problem. He was the reason my friends and I (and I imagine a lot of others in this film's target demo) didn't go. He's a tool and as long as he is Hal Jordan, I'll be staying away.
    • Lamar
       Reynolds is a good actor...he just isn't Hal Jordan. I found myself laughing at scenes that weren't supposed to be funny. Also the script was jank, it was too earth-bound; for a guy who is supposed to be protecting an entire sector of the galaxy he sure spent a lot of time on one planet. Also I don't like the fact that they made Hal, well...yellow. He was indeed fearless from the beginning that is part of why the ring chosen, not because he had the power to "overcome fear" (bleech). They totally stole Kyle Rayner's storyline.
      • Anonymous
        Hellz yeah!!  My thoughts exaactly.  Totally screamed Rayner to me.  I dunno, maybe the sequel could introduce Stewart and focus on the Corps taking on Sinestro and his yellow ring... 
  • jah p
    The movie was okay, not as bad as people make it out to be..but the sequel won't cost as nearly as much as the original! No way WB makes that mistake again!
  • ate
    Reboot.
  • Optimus
    WB needs to stop using the same previs and visual effects companies to design their big sequences. Shake things up. Get some real artists in there. It was painfully obvious the film was made by people with no love nor understanding of the source material.
  • Theres a tonne of places it hasn't even opened yet, it doesn't start in Australia till August 4th and from looking at IMDB it hasn't opened in a lot of countries accross Europe as well as Japan.  I think when all is said and done it'll at least break even.
  • Anonymous
    Hey if Resident Evil spawned a lot of sequels, why not this?
  • Jez
    This is a cause for some Stone Cold Steve Austin style summary!   (What!?) A Green Lantern sequel gets greenlit before a film adaptation of Golden Compass sequel Subtle Knife? (What!?) Despite the fact that Green Lantern was a bigger bomb globally than Golden Compass? (What!?) Something fishy's going on here!
    • Anonymous
      you just lit a fire...  I'm pissed now!!!  <-- didnt event think of it like THAT!!!
      • Jez
        Sorry if I pissed you off! Honest mistake.
        • Anonymous
          Totally not you! Golden Compass is one of my favs... :)
  • Jez
    Sorry I put this comment on twice!
  • anonymous
    i think that the main problem the movie has as the blending of different villains to fit one, not so coherent, story line. Hector and Parallax have opposing views and it doesnt make sense for them to "team up", the other problem was that they spent way too much money of their budget in marketing instead of cleaning up the CGI in specific scenes, i understand that marketing is needed for this movie cause green lantern by no means is superman or batman but the way they marketed was very lazy, if you live in NYC you know what i mean

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