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2013-02-23 11:07:40 AM
Some of my favorite sci-fi from the 50s and 60s has cardboard sets and special effects that probably involved magic markers drawing directly on film. They knew they had those limitations, so they put a lot of focus on scripts and acting. They made sure the storytelling made up for the shortfalls.

In that Green Lantern movie, the special effects were a flawless masterpiece of CGI. The script and the acting were made of cardboard.

I prefer good writing and good acting. That probably marks me out as old. Git off muh lawn.
 
2013-02-23 12:23:13 PM
Ugh.  Another superhero movie.  They're the cinema equivalent of reality TV.

What I specifically hate is how the superpowers/special equipment never really lend anything to the story.  Sure, the character can fly.  But what does a flying character have anything to do with (the typical, and all too typical) good versus evil morality play these movies always are?

You can tell the same story with two ordinary characters in an ordinary place.  The superpowers and magic equipment are not necessary.  They're just a bunch of stupid CGI and half the movie is spent explaining them.
 
2013-02-23 01:17:34 PM
It's too bad the first one sucked. I'm a fan of Green Lantern and I wanted a full trilogy
 
2013-02-23 01:28:12 PM
So they are going to go with Jon Stewart for the next one?
 
2013-02-23 01:33:52 PM
This is what they should have done in the first place.  Or "The Sinestro Corps War".
 
2013-02-23 01:37:25 PM
All I want is one with the best GL.  Kyle, of coure.  Garnder and Stewart are great too, of course.

(You know, gotta credit where it is due; a lot of the New 52 has been a mess but the Gardner Family Coparama?  I'm on board with that.  Totally dysfunctional family that has each others backs when the chips are down.)
 
2013-02-23 01:41:38 PM
D.C.: If it's not Batman, it's going to be testicle-laceratingly bad.
 
2013-02-23 01:42:51 PM
I don't think a single person in this thread actually read the article or understood the headline.
 
2013-02-23 01:45:15 PM

L.D. Ablo: Ugh.  Another superhero movie.  They're the cinema equivalent of reality TV.

What I specifically hate is how the superpowers/special equipment never really lend anything to the story.  Sure, the character can fly.  But what does a flying character have anything to do with (the typical, and all too typical) good versus evil morality play these movies always are?

You can tell the same story with two ordinary characters in an ordinary place.  The superpowers and magic equipment are not necessary.  They're just a bunch of stupid CGI and half the movie is spent explaining them.


That doesn't even make sense. People like super hero movies.  GL was a flop sure, but look at the Avenger movies. You can't tell a super hero story w/o the hero's being....super.  In that respect the Super powers and equipment mean everything to the movie otherwise its just an action film.  Which is fine...but some people want to see their comic book heroes on the big screen, will full flashy special effects, gadgetry and magic farking powers.
 
2013-02-23 01:46:35 PM

Valacirca: I don't think a single person in this thread actually read the article or understood the headline.


You would be wrong, and spiffy is a perfect way to describe the fact that another Green Lantern movie is not going to be inflicted on the public.
 
2013-02-23 01:58:43 PM
I wondered, when watching Green Lantern, how they managed to take great character actors like Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, and Geoffrey Rush, and waste their talent so criminally. And I'm sure Michael Clarke Duncan actually died from shame.
 
2013-02-23 02:00:33 PM

Valacirca: I don't think a single person in this thread actually read the article or understood the headline.


Didn't read the article, but understood the headline.

/Read all of Blackest Night
 
2013-02-23 02:06:10 PM

grokca: So they are going to go with Jon Stewart for the next one?


He's busy with the grueling Daily Show schedule.
 
2013-02-23 02:08:53 PM
I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.
 
2013-02-23 02:33:43 PM

buntz: I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.



Yuup, that's pretty much right.  The comics are better, GL is one of my favorites.  I wish the movie could have been better.
 
2013-02-23 02:33:58 PM
I'm holding out for a GL porn parody.
 
2013-02-23 02:35:19 PM

Gergesa: I'm holding out for a GL porn parody.


I'm not saying there IS one, but I'm not saying there isn't.

And I'm not saying GL does it with Harley Quinn if it exists.

Just sayin'
 
2013-02-23 02:36:03 PM

buntz: I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.


Don't forget fighter jets in space too.
 
2013-02-23 02:36:39 PM

likefunbutnot: Valacirca: I don't think a single person in this thread actually read the article or understood the headline.

You would be wrong, and spiffy is a perfect way to describe the fact that another Green Lantern movie is not going to be inflicted on the public.


Yes. lets not make one at all because I didnt like it. Other people who liked it? fark them.


It's the fark way.

/ass
 
2013-02-23 02:41:27 PM

JustMatt: buntz: I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.

Don't forget fighter jets in space too.


That kind of makes sense. The bad guy is about to kill someone, you've got half a second to think of something to create, what do you choose?

The first thing that pops into your head.

/If I was GL, everyone would be saved by giant green breasts
 
2013-02-23 02:48:03 PM
I can sum up everything that was wrong with that movie: he was wearing a CGI mask. I couldn't even look at him in costume.
 
2013-02-23 03:03:42 PM
Dump the CGI uniforms
dump Blake Lively
Dump Ryan Reynolds
bring in Jeff Johns to do the script
get a better effects company, one that can keep perspective between characters. Seriously, the Parallax cloud was as big as the sun or just slightly larger than GL, depending on the scene.

It needs a lot of work, possibly a full reboot after just one movie, but with the right people a Green Lantern movie could be amazing.
 
2013-02-23 03:04:43 PM

Valacirca: I don't think a single person in this thread actually read the article or understood the headline.


As someone with a Black Hand figure on his geek shelf, I got the reference.
 
2013-02-23 03:06:01 PM

WhippingBoy: JustMatt: buntz: I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.

Don't forget fighter jets in space too.

That kind of makes sense. The bad guy is about to kill someone, you've got half a second to think of something to create, what do you choose?

The first thing that pops into your head.

/If I was GL, everyone would be saved by giant green breasts


Go pick up a copy of she-hulk then.
 
2013-02-23 03:08:58 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Dump the CGI uniforms
dump Blake Lively
Dump Ryan Reynolds
bring in Jeff Johns to do the script
get a better effects company, one that can keep perspective between characters. Seriously, the Parallax cloud was as big as the sun or just slightly larger than GL, depending on the scene.

It needs a lot of work, possibly a full reboot after just one movie, but with the right people a Green Lantern movie could be amazing.



Agreed.  But I feel like our (GL fans) one good shot at a movie was used up and wasted.  Never to be spoken of again.  But on the other hand it could pull a Punisher and bounce back, albeit several years later. (Dolf Lundren version flop vs. Thomas Jane success)
 
2013-02-23 03:09:22 PM
The first movie was atrocious. Has it even made its money back for WB yet?

The most compelling DC character outside of Batman. Gone to cinematic waste.


Sigh.
 
HBK
2013-02-23 03:14:32 PM

Kimpak: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Dump the CGI uniforms
dump Blake Lively
Dump Ryan Reynolds
bring in Jeff Johns to do the script
get a better effects company, one that can keep perspective between characters. Seriously, the Parallax cloud was as big as the sun or just slightly larger than GL, depending on the scene.

It needs a lot of work, possibly a full reboot after just one movie, but with the right people a Green Lantern movie could be amazing.


Agreed.  But I feel like our (GL fans) one good shot at a movie was used up and wasted.  Never to be spoken of again.  But on the other hand it could pull a Punisher and bounce back, albeit several years later. (Dolf Lundren version flop vs. Thomas Jane success)


Cue inigo montoya.
 
2013-02-23 03:17:22 PM
On a more positive note, I'd love to see a GL: Blackest Night animated series. WB should pour their efforts toward small screen animation-which they seem to excel at-and leave live action* alone.

*Man Of Steel might prove me wrong. I REALLY hope so.
 
2013-02-23 03:17:24 PM
They should make District 10.
 
2013-02-23 03:20:43 PM

buntz: I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.


If I was in a fight, and I could hit people with a giant fist, I would totally hit people with a giant fist. Then, i would flip them off with it.

Don't say that wouldn't be awesome.
 
2013-02-23 03:22:23 PM

buntz: I don't know anything about Green Lantern so I went into the movie with no expectations.

Having said that, from what I learned, this is a superhero that can create anything with his mind and to defeat the bad guy he made a big fist.

And he made a green gun.

And a hot wheels track.


That's the fun part of Green Lantern. He uses funny stuff to beat bad guys. Like if something is ball shaped he will hit it with a giant green golf club.
 
2013-02-23 03:27:45 PM

Apos: The first movie was atrocious. Has it even made its money back for WB yet?

The most compelling DC character outside of Batman. Gone to cinematic waste.


Sigh.


I think the Flash would've been a better DC character to get a movie.
 
2013-02-23 03:30:40 PM

HBK: Kimpak: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Dump the CGI uniforms
dump Blake Lively
Dump Ryan Reynolds
bring in Jeff Johns to do the script
get a better effects company, one that can keep perspective between characters. Seriously, the Parallax cloud was as big as the sun or just slightly larger than GL, depending on the scene.

It needs a lot of work, possibly a full reboot after just one movie, but with the right people a Green Lantern movie could be amazing.


Agreed.  But I feel like our (GL fans) one good shot at a movie was used up and wasted.  Never to be spoken of again.  But on the other hand it could pull a Punisher and bounce back, albeit several years later. (Dolf Lundren version flop vs. Thomas Jane success)

Cue inigo montoya.



OK, it wasn't a critical success.  But as a Punisher fan the movie was a lot better than the Dolf Lundren version.  It had everything needed from the comics.  Castle's family murderer, lots of guns, intelligent plot by the Punisher to 'punish' the bad guy.   Plus, John Trivolta.  Everyone loves John Trivolta.
 
2013-02-23 03:32:40 PM
And then there was the asteroid belt between the Earth and the sun. I kept thinking 'did they take the long way?'
 
2013-02-23 03:38:43 PM

unlikely: Some of my favorite sci-fi from the 50s and 60s has cardboard sets and special effects that probably involved magic markers drawing directly on film. They knew they had those limitations, so they put a lot of focus on scripts and acting. They made sure the storytelling made up for the shortfalls.

In that Green Lantern movie, the special effects were a flawless masterpiece of CGI. The script and the acting were made of cardboard.

I prefer good writing and good acting. That probably marks me out as old. Git off muh lawn.


A Green Lantern movie will need both good writing and good effects.  Green Lantern is perhaps the most visuals-driven character in all of comics.  You cannot do ring constructs justice with crappy CGI, as they're as much a star of the show as the characters.
 
2013-02-23 03:39:32 PM

Swoop1809: That's the fun part of Green Lantern. He uses funny stuff to beat bad guys. Like if something is ball shaped he will hit it with a giant green golf club.


I did not know that.  I only read Action Comics (awful), Green Arrow (4 creative teams in less than 2 years, it'shiat & miss) and the new Star Wars.
 
2013-02-23 03:40:31 PM

ArkAngel: It's too bad the first one sucked. I'm a fan of Green Lantern and I wanted a full trilogy


This; rather than that half-assed attempt they should've done an adaptation of "Emerald Dawn".  GL2 would've been "Emerald Dawn 2" with the requisite Sinestro heel turn.
 
2013-02-23 03:41:19 PM
GL had the same problem as Spiderman 3. Too many villains, not enough script.
One villain per superhero per movie, please. Save the pair ups for the Avengers or Justice League or anywhere they make actual sense. The moving audience ended up with 2 lame stories instead of one good one. Parallax could have been a 2 parter easily. Might have to let GL set for awhile then reboot.
 
2013-02-23 03:43:28 PM
The first movie was clunky, but I wouldn't mind a sequel.  I felt like once all the set up was out of the way, the second movie would have been a better character piece.
 
2013-02-23 03:50:27 PM
I'm a 38 year old, overweight out of shape dude, and I could have been a more convincing Carol Ferris than Blake Lively was. I've seen better acting out of inanimate objects.
 
2013-02-23 03:51:43 PM
The problem with Green Lantern was that the script was horrible.

1) they asked us to believe three main characters were childhood freinds, revealed half way trough the movie through a line...instead of establishing it by showing it.

2) We never saw Green Lanterns being cool. All I got from the movie was that they stood around shining their lights and gets defeated.

3)only give the hero ONE journey to complete...not multiple. Hal Jordan had to: learn responsibility, deal emotionally with Carol, learn about being a Green Lantern, face Parallax, face Hector Hammond, face family problems...

Batman Begins was about Bruce focusing on The right way to fight Crime in Gotham. Romance was a spice, but not the focus of the movie. He gave up Rachael to fight crime. Ras was the symbol of the crime.

Captain America was about Rogers trying to fight the good fight against Bullies. The biggest fight was he had to overcome the "blindly obey orders" and become his own man by going on a rescue mission. The Romance was a subplot.

Thor was totally about him becoming humble. Loki represented embracing egomaniac, the Big Robot represented Thors own Haughtiness.
 
2013-02-23 03:55:36 PM

Darth_Lukecash: the Big Robot represented Thors own Haughtiness.


That was too intelligent!  Let's make litter out of this literati!!
 
2013-02-23 05:11:44 PM

Darth_Lukecash: 1) they asked us to believe three main characters were childhood freinds, revealed half way trough the movie through a line...instead of establishing it by showing it.


I baught the extended edition Blue Ray and they actually have that scene in the movie. It really does improve the movie when watching the extended cut. Then again, I enjoyed the movie when I saw it in theaters.
 
2013-02-23 05:12:19 PM

yves0010: Darth_Lukecash: 1) they asked us to believe three main characters were childhood freinds, revealed half way trough the movie through a line...instead of establishing it by showing it.

I bought the extended edition Blue Ray and they actually have that scene in the movie. It really does improve the movie when watching the extended cut. Then again, I enjoyed the movie when I saw it in theaters.


damn proof reading!
 
2013-02-23 05:18:00 PM
Green Lantern sucks, so why is anyone surprised that a Green Lantern movie sucks?

/Still waiting for Aquaman & the Wonder-Twins movie
//Gleek rocks!
 
2013-02-23 05:31:19 PM

Malcolm_Sex: Apos: The first movie was atrocious. Has it even made its money back for WB yet?

The most compelling DC character outside of Batman. Gone to cinematic waste.


Sigh.

I think the Flash would've been a better DC character to get a movie.


Oh? And why is that?
 
2013-02-23 06:11:37 PM
I'm holding out for The Sportsmaster film
 
2013-02-23 07:20:43 PM

Darth_Lukecash: The problem with Green Lantern was that the script was horrible.

1) they asked us to believe three main characters were childhood freinds, revealed half way trough the movie through a line...instead of establishing it by showing it.

2) We never saw Green Lanterns being cool. All I got from the movie was that they stood around shining their lights and gets defeated.

3)only give the hero ONE journey to complete...not multiple. Hal Jordan had to: learn responsibility, deal emotionally with Carol, learn about being a Green Lantern, face Parallax, face Hector Hammond, face family problems...

Batman Begins was about Bruce focusing on The right way to fight Crime in Gotham. Romance was a spice, but not the focus of the movie. He gave up Rachael to fight crime. Ras was the symbol of the crime.

Captain America was about Rogers trying to fight the good fight against Bullies. The biggest fight was he had to overcome the "blindly obey orders" and become his own man by going on a rescue mission. The Romance was a subplot.

Thor was totally about him becoming humble. Loki represented embracing egomaniac, the Big Robot represented Thors own Haughtiness.


I disagree, the Destroyer - empowered by the Odinforce - represented his father's condemnation of Thor's definition of his own godhood. Defeating the Destroyer represented him defeating his father's anger and condemnation.
 
2013-02-23 07:26:43 PM

lelio: I'm holding out for The Sportsmaster film


Sportsmaster, Schmortsmaster!

Where's my Superpro movie???

comicbook.com
 
2013-02-23 08:02:19 PM

Apos: Malcolm_Sex: Apos: The first movie was atrocious. Has it even made its money back for WB yet?

The most compelling DC character outside of Batman. Gone to cinematic waste.


Sigh.

I think the Flash would've been a better DC character to get a movie.

Oh? And why is that?


It would have been over quicker.

/heey-oh
 
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