Superhero cinema is so busy these days it’s almost easy to forget that the Green Lantern is getting a reboot (contingent, of course, on WB thumbs-upping Geoff Johns’ draft after his latest “promotion”). Following the relative flop that was the Ryan Reynolds film (Reynolds is a fine actor, but it wasn’t an ideal fit), the character, or more accurately characters of the Green Lantern comics disappeared from the big screen for a little while. However, IMDB already has a page up for a July 2020 film tentatively titled Green Lantern Corps, which means the reboot is actually not too far off. Even if that July date is ultimately pushed back a bit, we’re only a few years away at most.
A lot of articles are spreading like wildfire in the past couple of days about Tom Cruise being “in the running” for Hal Jordan in the “Green Lantern Corps” film but he has one condition: he dies in the script, but he doesn’t want to. If they change this in the script, he’s all good.
There is a couple of very obvious things wrong with this.
As has been well documented, after his simultaneous ousting as CCO of DC and President of WB Entertainment, as a consolation prize Geoff Johns was and has been tapped to write a first draft on the “Green Lantern Corps” screenplay there is no guarantee they will even use. It is neither complete nor turned in yet, nor given the thumbs up by WB as any kind of, “OK, this is something we want to move forward on.” As Geoff Johns has admitted in interviews, he “hopes” WB likes it and the hope is that they would proceed with his vision. “Hopes” being the operative word. They could very easily pass on it, as they passed on his script wrote in tandem with Ben Affleck for the original version of “The Batman” that Ben Affleck was going to direct.
There are several key words in there. The long and the short of it is that there is no script yet, the casting process is a long ways off (like, you know, when WB knows what movie it is they’re shooting, as they haven’t even read Geoff’s script yet because it doesn’t exist). Tom Cruise cannot be “in the running” if the casting process is still in the distance. Can you imagine pitching Tom Cruise right now?
WB: “Hi, Tom. A word?”
Tom Cruise: “Hey, sure! What’s up, WB?”
WB: “You want to play Hal Jordan in our new Green Lantern Corps movie?”
Tom Cruise: “Eh… I dunno. The last one was kind of iffy. Wasn’t that the one co-produced by Geoff Johns? That word is around Hollywood, you gave full veto authority to, creatively?”
WB: “Yeah! It’s funny you mention him. He’s the guy that’s writing the script of the new one.”
Tom Cruise: “Oh.”
WB: “Well what do you say? Are you in?”
Tom Cruise: “Jeeze, I dunno. I guess I’d need to read a script first. Can you send one to my agent?”
WB: “Doesn’t exist yet. But Geoff Johns is a great guy! He used to work for Richard Donner in like the 90s for little bit, as he mentions in many, many interviews you can Google. You may remember Richard Donner from SUPERMAN! #richarddonner”
Tom Cruise: “Ehhh… right, but… so you basically have nothing for me to look at right now? Fallout’s doing pretty great but I certainly don’t want another Mummy…”
WB: “Nope! But are you in?”
You can see how absurd that is, yes? Nothing to see here, folks. Everything you read on the internet isn’t true.
According to Geoff Johns, his “Green Lantern Corps” script is shaping up to be not like Guardians of the Galaxy “Because James Gunn did such a great job on that, but you got to look at it like… I don’t want to get into it, either.” Also other gems emerge, like, “What do you do to try and reintroduce a concept and a group of characters and make it – this applies to everything I work on – but as a writer, and that’s what I really wanted to get back to, is being the writer, when I do my comics I feel I have more control over the minutae, because the minutae it does matter.” Everybody got that? Basically “I like control.” Also, he offered a comment on the suits in the previous “Green Lantern” film, (which he also co-produced): “I look at what they did with those suits. Look, I have so many opinions that I won’t say.” Hopefully he will keep us updated!
Current DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee will assume the chief creative officer position that Geoff Johns has now left, taking on the duties while continuing to act as publisher with Dan DiDio. The two have jointly held the post since 2010. Johns will now become a content producer, launching his own production house, Mad Ghost Productions. So look forward to seeing that alongside many future DC Comics adaptations. Geoff Johns will next write and produce “Green Lantern Corps,” and fans will remember Geoff also co-produced 2011’s “Green Lantern.”
Possible leaks suggest that Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz may, in fact, be the Lanterns starring in the “Lethal Weapon-like” film, “Green Lantern Corps” (which, if true, smell strongly of the involvement of Geoff Johns). The leaks suggest they are in search of Hal Jordan, who has been missing since the events of the Justice League movie:
Speculation continues to rage across forums and social media as to which Hollywood star will play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie. It is slated for 2020 and focuses on the Green Lanterns of Earth – Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner – as they battle the Sinestro Corps and their yellow power rings. The Jordan role will be central to the story and several leading lights are in the running to land this exciting part. Here are the top contenders:
The big rumor this month is that studio execs are trying to convince Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie to direct this movie. The last Green Lantern film did not the commercial success they hoped for, so they are taking no chances with the reboot and they are hell-bent on securing the best talent available. McQuarrie fits the bill, as he has made a success of various Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters. If the studio bosses convince him to sign on the dotted line it could provide an added and most welcome bonus: Tom Cruise. The superstar action man has worked with McQuarrie on a range of films, including Valkyrie as well as Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher instalments, so they clearly respect one another and enjoy working together. Cruise has played all manner of high-profile roles over the years, but he has never been a superhero, and Green Lantern Corps could allow him to scratch that itch.
Gyllenhaal’s star continues to rise as he stars in big-money blockbusters and quirky, critically acclaimed movies. When high-profile roles like Hal Jordan or Batman are up for grabs, his name is typically near the top of the list with bookmakers, so you will see it if you check Sportsbetting.ag for odds on favorites. Several sources with inside information on the movie say Gyllenhaal is on the shortlist of candidates, and he certainly has the star quality and acting skills to pull if off with aplomb.
Could Reynolds be tempted back to reprise the role of Jordan that he played in 2011? Stranger things have happened. He was burned by the failure of the 2011 movie and he has since gone on to enjoy greater acclaim in the Deadpool franchise, but he could be intrigued by the possibility of making a strong Green Lantern movie as a cathartic exercise. He said recently: “Deadpool always knew what it was. With Green Lantern, I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as possible. It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood, which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it.” That is not exactly a promising indictment, but never say never.
Cooper is a four-time Oscar nominee so he would bring a huge dose of credibility to the role, and he also has blockbuster pedigree. Aside from voicing Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, he has never starred in a superhero movie. He could be swayed by a cracking script and the chance to boost his profile further, as there is a chance that a new superhero universe will be spawned if Green Lantern Corps takes off, while Green Lantern could also cross over into Justice League. There are other leading candidates, including Armie Hammer and Joel McHale, but Cooper stands out as a bigger name.
Making the rounds in movie news this week is that Chris McQuarrie being courted to direct the “Green Lantern Corps” movie… and Tom Cruise might be on the short list (no pun intended) of actors targeted for playing an older, more experienced Hal Jordan to a younger, new recruit John Stewart.
Maybe 10, 15 years ago would be ideal, but wouldn’t he be a picture perfect Hal Jordan? And if he’s a little nutty… perfect. He can go full-Parallax.
Written by Eric Cahill
A few years back, rumors swirled that DC was just going to go ahead and do a goddamn Justice League movie. At some point they hired a director, hired all the actors, and spent millions getting it going (mostly due to legal stuff that is incredibly shady but still). But it seemed absurd! It seemed like it was created with the sole purpose of getting the attention of fanboy blogging and entertainment news soundbites. No way was this ever a project that was actually happening, no one was having these meetings, it was all some Bizarro PR campaign to promote Common’s album, who the hell knows. Of course, the project really was happening (until it suddenly wasn’t) and somehow the script really was written (and recently leaked). And believe it or not, it reads exactly as a script produced for a completely fake and completely weird PR campaign would read. I honestly couldn’t even have imagined exactly what that was until, Shazam, I read it. Let’s dig in. Spoilers ahoy.