As we all know the Fantastic Four reboot was a major bust, both critics and fans agree on this. There has been a lot talk as to if they should have rebooted this franchise this soon, the previous film came out in 2005 and it’s sequel in 2007, among other issues. DC Comics has a major reboot in order in there DC Cinematic Universe with Green Lantern (scheduled for 2020) and fans may not realize the similarities between the two franchises and that it has very much the same risks.
The first Green Lantern film came out in 2011 and the reboot is planned for 2020 9 years apart, FF was 10 years (first film) and 8 years (for the sequel) apart from the current release so the time frames are basically the same. Ratings on the site Rotten Tomatoes are very close too GL got a 26% on the Tomato Meter and 46% audience score, FF got 27% and 46% respectively (the sequel did slightly better in both). Also per Box Office Mojo GL made $53 million opening weekend and $116 million overall, FF did $56 million opening weekend and $155 million overall (the sequel came in with $58 million and $131 million respectively).
There were very similar complaints on both films, with costumes (poor CGI for GL, rubber suit for the Thing), actors/acting, and the villains, especially in GL and the FF sequel, that many looked at as just a big cloud (Parallax/Galactus) rather then a noticeable, believable villain. Like the FF reboot Green Lantern will need to have differences to set itself apart.
There was good in the first film but to try to make it better, and different, they may lose some of the good stuff from the first film like Mark Strong’s performance as Sinestro. In the case of the first and current FF both films are origin stories the 2005 film’s origin was fine but in the new film they were given a new origin and it just doesn’t work well in the film. For GL they need to stick close to the first films origin, maybe just tweaking it slight, and not go with a very different origin. Or they may need to jump forward like what seems to be the case with Batman and skip the origin story at least for now.
DC and Warner Bros need to be careful in how they go about the whole thing, something that may help GL is that it’s included in the DC Cinematic Universe and not a solo franchise this time around, also there is the possibility (and most likely) that GL will be introduced before the solo film hits in the Justice League film(s). They have already done this in a small sense by not announcing who is playing GL despite a number of actors pushing for the role, although it could backfire at the same time by being too cautious. Another thing that may help GL is word that there will be multiple Green Lanterns for Earth not just one this could avoid fans focusing on one actors performance as the title charater, although it didn’t really help FF at all.
Whether FF issues are just related to studio/director/story issues or something else DC and Warner Bros definitely need to keep it in the back of there minds going into the reboot, DC fans really want them to one up Marvel and so far they haven't but it is still very early and we will have to wait to see what they can do.
While it wasn't exactly what we were hoping for it was announced at SDCC that the 2020 Green Lantern movie will now be Green Lantern Corps which does verify that there will be more then one Green Lantern.
There is still no word on which Green Lanterns or who will play them.
There has been a lot of rumors going around about who will play Green Lantern in the Justice League or solo film and even if he will appear in the DC TV universe. One thing that seems to be the general consensus is that it will be the John Stewart version of Green Lantern.
The 2011 film featured GL Hal Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds, the movie was considered a flop but at first it was thought they may still keep Reynolds as GL in the DC Movie universe. But Reynolds seem to not want to reprise the role and there was questions how they may tie that film to the Man Of Steel storyline going forward.
When DC/Warner Bros announce Batman V Superman film and that it would lead to the Justice League talk was who would play who. Nearly all the major players have been named with one exception Green Lantern. It has not been said which version would be in it or who would play him.
While that has been going on other rumors surfaced that GL could appear in DC's TV universe, they have steadily been adding characters from the DC comic universe into the Arrow/Flash shows and other spinoff's are planned and with the movie and TV universes being separate there is the possibility the same characters could appear in both.
While DC/Warner Bros haven't made any announcements rumors have surfaced some by the fans but some by the actors looking to or possible playing the character, for the movie universe Dwayne The Rock Johnson made comments to it before it was said he would play Black Adam in Shazam, Idris Elba has been a fan favorite but he is contractually obligated to Marvel and can't play a DC character, Tyrese Gibson has made a major push via social media and posted a number of pics of himself as Green Lantern.
Mow even the TV universe GL rumors are picking up, David Ramsey who plays John Diggle has given fuel to the rumor that Diggle is actually John Stewart, although Ferris Air has been mentioned which has to do with Hal and not John. There has been rumors of GL in the TV universe for a while.
One rumor that hasn't fit to this is Nathan Fillion possibly being GL he would play Hal most likely if the rumors were true, which could fit with a rumor of an older seasoned GL in the Justice League.
While they should really keep closer to the comics in whatever they do so they can build the Corps up but it looks like they will go a different direction to distinguish it from the 2011 film which isn't such a bad thing especially since it's part of a bigger cinematic universe.
We'll have to see what DC/Warner Bros decides which hopefully will happen soon, until then will have wait patiently.
There has been a number of rumors floating around lately, but some seem to have someone backing them up, well sort of.
Rumors have come out that the DC movie universe Green Lantern would be older, like the gray hair Hal years back in the comics, other rumor is he will not be in the Justice League film. Another rumor has him showing up to warn of Darkseid. While this seem to be just rumors one more rumor seems to have an actor backing them up.
Tyrese Gibson has been posting on Facebook, Instagram, and such hinting that he is up for or even has the roll stating, "I am fully committed to suiting up for this adventure." Idris Elba has been a fan favorite for the role but it is said he can't do it because of his commitment to Marvel.
It is entirely possible we may get two Green Lanterns Hal for Justice League and John for the standalone film. Gibson posted the photos featured here of him as Green Lantern to support his cause.
As soon as we get official word we will post it.
Warner announce a bunch of films from the DC Universe including film that were known and not known, including a Green Lantern film for 2020. The list includes Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Suicide Squad, Flash, and multiple Justice League films. Not on the list was Batman or Superman but Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara said that there will be standalone films for them. The separate Green Lantern and Flash films go against earlier rumors of a "buddy" film for the two but that was also rumored to by a TV movie. It is not known at this point who will be playing Green Lantern. Below is the film slate timeline.
A pic of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was revealed at SDCC and a teaser trailer was shown for Batman V Superman.
The teaser trailer featured Batman on a roof top with the Bat Signal, Superman looking down on him as Batman looks up at Superman both with eyes a glow.
Batman is in a armored costume different from previously shown pis that show him in which include the lighted eyes. More info as we get it.
Updated with armored Batman pic below.