Thanks to Christopher Nolan‘s ground breaking reboot of the Batman franchise, every comic book movie that comes out can’t escape its comparison. In order to be a successful adaptation you have to either fit into the mold of Batman, which is serious and dark or Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man, which is lighter but has a great story. Recently director Martin Campbell opened up about his Green Lantern adaptation for Warner Bros, and he revealed that his film will be a lot different than you think.
Most of the movies released from Warner Bros are more serious in tone such as The Dark Knight, Watchmen, 300, and even Superman Returns to a certain extent. When news broke that the studio was planning on adapting the Green Lantern story for the big screen the question everyone had on their mind was, will this be another Batman? When Collider sat down with Campbell he cleared up the speculation regarding the overall vibe, which won’t be in vain of the “Nolanverse,” but will lean much closer to the likeness of Iron Man.
“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. No, 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.”
The Green Lantern is more of a second string character in comparison to the other comic book heroes with full fledgling franchises, so the tone he sets here is integral to its success. Campbell also revealed in the interview that Jordan goes to another planet in the film, so you have to have take a step into another direction with that type of stuff going on. It sounds like Green Lantern will be a lot more fantasy than reality.
Do you think Green Lantern will be as successful as Iron Man or Batman?