DC’s Greatest Hero Isn’t Superman, It’s Green Lantern

Warning: SPOILERS for Doomsday Clock #9

Superman may be the first superhero, but he isn’t the most important. DC has revealed the one hero that their entire universe is built on… and it isn’t who most comic fans will expect.

There will be many who disagree, since the “most important DC superhero” is obviously a subjective title. But DC Comics has given as official an honor as they can, revealing the one costumed hero that was the key to everything that came after. Now that Doctor Manhattan’s changes to reality have been explained, the one hero he prevented from existing may be what brings the entire New 52 Universe crumbling down, erasing the future that it should have had.

But before DC Comic fans get too angry, it’s easy to see how Manhattan made his mistake. After all… we wouldn’t have thought that Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern was the key to the universe, either.

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While tragic, there’s a good chance that many Alan Scott fans will be pleased to see him get the recognition he deserves. Especially after DC’s Silver Age re-imagined the Green Lanterns as space cops, putting Alan Scott permanently on the back burner. But his magic ring was just as impressive when it appeared in 1940, even if it isn’t actually Lantern’s powers that make him important to the future of the DC Universe, but his life story. Even if some fans have never actually seen Alan’s secret origin, grabbing onto a shiny green train lantern just as a bridge collapse threatened to take him down long with it.

The lantern’s magic saved Scott, and granted him its powers. Now, it seems that the most important part of that origin story isn’t why Alan was chosen, or even where the energy came important… but the hero he became in the years and decades ahead. So important a hero, it turns out, that killing Alan Scott is the only change that Doctor Manhattan seems to have made to bring everything else tumbling down.

After the initial bombshell reveal of Doctor Manhattan’s role in the New 52 reboot, it was promised that the Doomsday Clock series from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank would provide some answers. And even if the “why” has yet to make sense, the question of “how” Manhattan remade reality has been confirmed. Through his internal dialogue spread across all of time and space, Manhattan explains that the first domino to fall… was pushing the aforementioned Lantern an inch or two beyond Alan Scott’s reach.

The lantern remained dormant, Alan died in the train accident, and the world never knew anything had changed. At least up until now, when Manhattan realizes the entire world is about to die.

Page 2 of 2: Without Green Lantern, The Universe is Doomed

Fans are sure to ask: how could that one act have been the key to heroes and origin stories totally unrelated to Alan Scott? Superman still crashed in a rocket ship years later, regardless. And even if Jay Garrick was a friend of Alan’s, Barry Allen became The Flash thanks to science fiction. They would be partly right, since even without Alan Scott the rest of the New 52 has progressed just fine until now. Doubtful fans are in good company, since it’s only now becoming clear to Manhattan that without Alan Scott, the entire universe is about to end.

His musings about walking through the world and witnessing some of DC’s most iconic moments locations provided the explanation. Move the green lantern away from Alan, and Manhattan can later run his fingers across the large, round, dusty table–almost certainly the iconic meeting table of the Justice Society of America, but now without its heroes to gather around it. As a founding member of the first superhero super-team, it’s believable that without Scott, the Society never successfully formed.

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Without the Justice Society to play its iconic role in uniting the superhero community, and passing on their heroism, their wisdom, and their example to the younger generation, Doctor Manhattan has weakened every hero that comes after. But it’s only when Doctor Manhattan finally looks into the future beyond the present day that he reveals the true damage he has caused.

It’s only in the most recent Doomsday Clock #9 that the true extent of Manhattan’s meddling becomes clear. In the first panels of the issue, Doctor Manhattan continues his habit of blurring past, present, and future together in one endless line of causes and effects. This time looking forward one thousand years into the future, when the heroic Ferro Lad of the Legion of Super Heroes gives his life to save the Earth’s sun (a memorable moment for any Legion fan). An explosion so powerful, it propels Ferro Lad’s ring backwards through time–to rest in Doctor Manhattan’s hand, still speckled with blood.

But that seems to be only a poignant moment in Manhattan’s own past, before he sought to improve the universe. As he muses about shifting the lantern out of Alan Scott’s reach, thus preventing him from becoming the Green Lantern, Ferro Lad’s ring disappears. The ring never existed, in fact. And as he begins to look back a year, a century, a millennium at a time, the future that once existed has also gone dark. Manhattan concludes that he can’t see a future because there is none to see. Even when he considers that it might only be him who dies, that doesn’t change the lack of the ring.

All things considered, this pivotal role as keystone of the DCU is all the tribute to Alan Scott fans need. Like so many before, Manhattan estimated the original Green Lantern to be expendable, or less important. In the end, he proved to be the exact kind of hero the DC Universe needed to live up to its full potential.

Doomsday Clock #9 is available now at your local comic book shop, or directly from DC Comics.

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2019-03-28 02:03:28

Andrew Dyce

The Green Lantern Reinvented: Interview with Liam Sharp

Hal Jordan has been given something of a reboot by DC Comics, once again claiming the title of The Green Lantern in his new comic series. And just two issues in, the book is setting a new standard for DC’s living universe.

We’ve got an exclusive preview of The Green Lantern #2, which adds yet another layer of classic Lanterns, alien conspirators, and mind-bending battles. And even better, we have artist Liam Sharp himself to walk us through the next step in his and Grant Morrison’s space adventure.

RELATED: Green Lantern Gets Re-Invented in Earth One Comic

With The Green Lantern #2 coming from DC Comics December 5th, Screen Rant had the chance to discuss the series with Sharp (as well as his larger career). While the secrets of the villains, super-weapons, and alien regimes on their way are still being held close to the vest, readers eager to see what’s next for The Green Lantern can read our full interview, and check out the preview pages below.

SR: You’re going to a lot of corners of the DC Universe that will be totally new to readers in The Green Lantern. So how would you introduce people to your idea of Rot Lop Fan and the Obsidian Deeps of the Supervoids?

LS: Oh, how can you not love Rot Lop Fan? The F-Sharp Bell. Just such a great concept.

And you bring a real mind-bending visual to [a Lantern in total darkness].

Well that was–Grant kind of just said you got to imagine a universe where the shapes and everything is based on sound, and acoustic qualities, not what it might look like. So that was quite interesting. If anything it’s got musical notes and things that are going to resonate with sound. That was the thinking behind those crazy designs for it. Because it’s dark! In that scene we are literally making darkness visible.

And Volk is just great, he’s classic. The first time I saw him Kevin O’Neill had drawn him. I don’t know if he had been drawn before that, but he certainly feels like a Kevin O’Neill design. I love that we’re going back to those crazy concepts for characters. And we talked about him, like is he actually a magma creature? Has the body been created for him to give him form? Is the actual living essence of him the magma that’s constantly spitting out the top of his volcano head?

We’ve given the smoke a face as well, which is fun. It’s subtle but Grant was just like, ‘can you imagine the concentration of keeping a little face on the smoke all the time?’ All of that is fun. [Associate Editor] Jessica Chen, she just loved Volk. Every time he appeared she kind of squee-ed. Like ‘He’s back, he’s back!’ We all did, really.

We get to see one of the most arresting images I’ve seen of Oa, the Central Precinct of the Green Lantern Corps. We’ve seen it before, but your version takes minutes to absorb from just a single page. How did you come up with the idea of what this version would look like?

It’s interesting you said at the beginning about European comics, and Moebius, and all those kind of things. The guy I trained with was a chap called Don Lawrence, who is a legend in Europe. He did a story called The Trigan Empire, and Storm was his famous one. And when I was with him he would spend like two weeks on a page, and just create the most incredible cities, and environments and worlds. They were just astonishing. Fully painted. Really beautiful stuff.

One of the lessons I took away from working with him–I guess I was seventeen when I first started working with him–he once gave me a script as a try-out, and one of the scenes had two characters walking through a corridor. He came over and sort of laughed and said, ‘what’s that?’ And I said, ‘that’s a corridor.’ He says, ‘that’s not a corridor, it’s just a square box with nothing in it. Why is it just square? Think about it, what’s it made of? It could be made of meat, it could be made of plant matter. What planet is it on? What’s the environment? Where are these people going? Does it have to be square? can it snake? Think about all those things.’

That’s really informed my thinking ever since, I think. The environment becomes as much a part of the character as anything else. Certainly in The Green Lantern, I think all of these different planets are characters in their own rite. You have to give them the respect you would give to any of the lead characters and go to town with it. So in terms of doing that shot, I wanted to make it feel really epic for a start, really vast.

I did an earlier version that didn’t quite do it for me, I spent like a day and a half on it and it wasn’t quite done. I ended up spending about four days on that thing. And in the end it’s got to twinkle, so I added all the lights. But then it looks too much like a machine, so now it’s got little parkland areas if you look really close. I just kept adding and adding to it. it took a while before I was satisfied.

Page 2 of 3: The New Hal Jordan, and Green Lantern’s Future

You get the impression in The Green Lantern #2 that this is all commonplace to Hal, as a space cop. The fact that he’s beside a walking volcano isn’t worth noting for him. But then you get a scene that feels more like an episode of Law & Order or NYPD Blue. Does that come from the same place for you, creatively, or is that really shifting gears?

I mean, everyone is aware of those interrogation rooms. And that is a huge long shot. Over those three pages you’ve got the shot of the city, and he’s tiny in it. Then the next bit you see them more mid-distance and you’re in closer in to the machinery of these buildings. Then the interior corridors and then it’s a full, big close-up of his face. That pulls you in and then suddenly he’s in this interrogation room. There was a thought process to that. I really enjoy going from that big scale to this very intimate little area, and he hasn’t missed a beat. There’s no sense of wonder to him when he’s walking, he’s seen it all before, you know? Which makes him really fascinating.

He is an unreconstructed character, in many ways. He’s out of time, and out of place, and out of step with the way things are now. I’ve said before, he’s the kind of character that I aspired to be as a kid growing up in the seventies. You know, a manly man, and wasn’t overly sensitive… I was a real shy kid, and was very emotional, and sensitive, and all of those things. And I was like, ‘I wish I could be more like a manly man!’ Neither me or Grant were anything like him, but we both grew up in a period where that was the kind of person you aspired to be. Things have changed thankfully, and they’re much better than that. Which means that a character like that hasn’t really got a place anymore. But he’s grown past that in the sense that he’s seen everything. So he might have started out as an unreconstructed guy, but now he’s trying to figure out who he is.

He’s seen the death of the universe, he’s died himself. He’s been on the other side of good and bad. He’s been everywhere, done everything. And he’s literally fearless and unfazed now. And he’s so far beyond PTSD that there isn’t even a word for what’s going on in his head. So what do you with a character like that? How does he relate with the people that he loves, and his old friend on Earth? And hasn’t he also got people on many different planet and in many different ports that he also loves, that he also has deep relationships with. So there’s a lot of questions and interesting angles to this story that Grant is exploring, or we’re exploring together.

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In this story, Hal being called back into action is not him going to save the universe, it’s him going back on his beat. This issue we get a sense of that, is that a sense of what we can expect from the rest of the series? It has a mix of big and intimate moments.

Yeah, I think it’s always going to have that big and intimate, and is definitely going to be crime solving. Like a lot of these TV shows, the idea is to have a sense of a story issue-to-issue, but of course then there’s a bigger overarching story which you can draw the dots to over time. But hopefully each issue will stand as a riveting, and interesting, and fun read, even while we’re turning a cliffhanger, you know? You’ll get some answers and you’ll get more questions, but you will have that sense of a TV episodic series. Grant’s referring to it as a ‘season one.’

And already has some idea for season two I understand?

Yeah, absolutely. We’re having a ball, I think we’re planning on staying around for a while.

I also wanted to ask you, you Tweeted about the criticism some people make of comic art, or artists who don’t feel confined to recreating an accurate human anatomy on the page. The Marvel movies now look like Bryan Hitch drew them, and Jim Lee’s take on DC characters is a golden standard. How do you process comments about that, when you’re focused on art, not being judged against an anatomy textbook?

I don’t really take them to heart, I guess it’s frustrating because times have changed. It used to be that we were not about reality… a lot of the people who most inspired me over my career don’t necessarily draw realistically at all, it’s the way they explored anatomy that was fascinating to me. Whether that’s Richard Corben, or Simon Bisley, or bill sienkiewicz. The point is it’s art, it’s illustration, it isn’t reality. It’s as much about mood, and texture, and ambience as it is about… imagine taking a snapshot of something that’s happening right in front of you and putting it on the page. If that was all it was about we might as well just dress in costume and shoot it on stages, and create a blue screen background for everything.

That’s not what it’s about. It’s as much about growing as a creator and pushing yourself, and trying things that are expressive ways of telling a story, as it is about anatomy. A lot of people can draw perfectly good anatomy and you only need to think of the classic example everyone uses: Picasso could draw perfectly well when he was a kid. When he was young he did it, and it was all about going beyond that. You can say the same of Kirby, look back at early Kirby and his drawing was extremely rooted in reality. But it became less and less so, and more about the dynamics, and more about the emotional impact these pages had than anything else, as it went on. He broke every rule! He broke the rules of perspective, rules about anatomy, all of that. It didn’t matter, he took you on an incredible journey, and he took you to worlds you had never seen before.

The thing I occasionally get frustrated at–and I shouldn’t, and I’m doing my best to not–I think the thing is to try and educate. Sometimes I think I come across as more sensitive than I am, when actually all I’m trying to point out is, ‘hang on a second, you’re missing the bigger picture here.’ Unless you’ve got a rich knowledge of the evolution of art over many decades… maybe it’s not to your taste, and that’s fine. But to pick apart the anatomy, particularly when I’ve seen people picking apart the anatomy of Bryan Hitch, whose anatomy is is exemplary, that kind of is confusing. I know I’m getting it wrong sometimes, but you know, it’s not always for want of trying. But the sheer volume of page by page workload in itself, people don’t even bear that kind of stuff in mind.

Page 3 of 3: Marvel Movies, Brave & The Bold… and Warlord?

Do you take inspiration from seeing a live-action superhero project? Superheroes are omnipresent now, do you still go back to artwork first?

Oh, yeah that’s interesting. So, that’s a really great question: I absolutely adore seeing all these worlds on the big screen. I feel like we’ve been a blessed generation to be able to see… my kids have grown up loving it, and all of those movies have been an event for us, you know? Leading up to the last Marvel movie for instance, the kids watched one every week until that came out, they went through the entire lot. And it’s the same with The Flash TV show–you can’t keep up with all of them, there’s literally too many but we get a kick out of it. And I get a huge kick out of it, when I was a kid it was just the Spider-Man cartoon in the seventies. Which I loved, you know? Then the Hulk TV show which again I absolutely loved.

Interestingly, I said this to somebody the other day… it occurred to me that as much as I really enjoy those films, I’ve probably only revisited a couple of them. I don’t think there’s any that I’ve seen more than twice. Whereas my favorite comics, I go back to again and again and again and again, and I never get sick of them. And I find something new to appreciate them every time I pick it up again. Also sometimes I find looking back, like–I know this is almost sacrilege to say, but I didn’t really get Kirby when I was younger. And now I do. I feel horrified at myself for not understanding.

Also, I probably suffered a little bit in my thinking from the people I was really inspired by. You know, I loved Messina because his anatomy was so damn good. So it was people like Bill Sienkiewicz and Kirby that educated me in the thinking, that there was more to it. There’s depths you can trawl here that aren’t about perfection of drawing, they’re about whole other levels of thinking that actually make it more exciting if you allow it to.

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On the subject of books with detail you can keep going back to, I have to ask about your Brave & The Bold series. I can only describe your artwork in that book as ‘organic Kirby,’ which I hope is as much a compliment as I mean it to be–

[Laughs] Absolutely!

Okay great! What can fans hope for next, even if it isn’t specifics?

We’ve definitely got plans for some sort of follow-up, at some point. I’m wrangling in my head what that might be because I don’t want it to be directly more of the same, in a way. It has to move forward. It leaves a lot of questions, and some really interesting situations off the back end of that that are wide open to be explored. They might not all be in Tir Na Nog, for instance, it could all be in Gotham, it could all be elsewhere completely. It might not be the same two characters, either, it could be a whole bunch of other characters. So I don’t want to say it’s definitely going to be Batman and Wonder Woman, because I would hate to let down the people who might hope that it would be… but it might be [Laughs]. There’s a lot to take on board because there does seem to be some appetite for more. It is something I’m seriously thinking about, and working out, and there has been discussions about it, but it hasn’t gone beyond that point yet.

I’ve also seen people asking you what character you would want to draw. But I know about Hawkman, and I know about Swamp Thing, so is there a character that would shock people to hear you say you would love to draw?

Hmmm. I don’t know about shock… I mean, I think I would do a good Warlord.

That’s a terrific pick. Well, it’s been great getting to speak with you, especially after your Wonder Woman: Rebirth run became such a standout (we at Screen Rant praised it as the best-looking comic in all of DC’s Rebirth).

No that’s appreciated. Honestly, for me, that was such an unexpected… I never expected to be able to come back into the mainstream. I had wanted to for so long, and when I feel out of it in… gosh, the late nineties probably, that had been my whole adult working life. And I had slowly been slipping away into obscurity and it seemed like something I couldn’t quite control or stop. And it’s not that I went away from comics, I just went on to comics that nobody saw.

Then there’s a point when you realize you’re back in it, you’re back in the game again, and people are seeing what you’re doing and appreciating it…  You’re older, you’re wiser, you don’t take anything for granted. You know that you’re breathing rarefied air, and you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in the business. It is humbling beyond words and very grounding. You can’t help but be thankful for it, and I just didn’t expect to be back here.

The Green Lantern #2 will be available December 5th from DC Comics.

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2018-12-03 03:12:23

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!

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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

DC’s Titans Has The Perfect Response To Deadpool 2’s ‘So Dark’ Dig

Deadpool 2 claimed DC properties are “so dark,” and now it’s DC Universe’s Titans series that is responding. One of the criticisms that the DCEU has received in recent years is the dark nature of their movies. The grounded take was built by Zack Snyder off the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but audiences didn’t respond in the same way. Many believe they’ve lost sight of who these characters are, and a darker approach is sticking with DC as they launch a digital service full of original content. They aren’t even shying away from it, as the first trailer for Titans showed Robin brutally beating criminals and saying, “F*** Batman.”

Even though this is the style DC has operated with recently, other superhero movies have gone in the opposite direction. This is especially true with Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool franchise, which has repeatedly made DC the butt of his jokes. This continued in Deadpool 2 when, following a jab at dubstep from Cable (Josh Brolin), the Merc with a Mouth says, “You’re so dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

Related: Jason Todd’s Robin Confirms Titan’s Place in DC Timeline

Well, DC Universe is finally responding to Deadpool’s comments by using them in the latest promo for Titans. The video starts by quoting D. Pool’s remark, referring to him as an American philosopher (even though he’s Canadian). It then shows a montage of the violence that Robin (Brenton Thwaites) will be dishing out to criminals and cops alike, before saying “Suck it, Mr. Pool.” They do sign the statement “with love” but then immediately show Dick Grayson smashing a guy in the face as blood splatters on a nearby window.

This is a pretty great response on the part of Titans, as they’re embracing Deadpool’s concern instead of turning away from it. This also makes Titans the latest DC entity to mock Deadpool. The recently released trailer for the animated Harley Quinn series commented on Marvel’s canceled Deadpool animated series from Donald Glover. Warner Bros. even responded to Deadpool 2‘s post-credits scene where Deadpool travels through time to assassinate Ryan Reynolds before he could star in Green Lantern, but it was Reynolds who got the last laugh.

Even though DC has received criticism for the approach, it is one they are changing. Wonder Woman was the first true sign of this, and the reception only further encouraged Warner Bros. to meddle with Justice League‘s tone, just as they did with Suicide SquadAquaman looks to be a giant, fun adventure film based on the new extended trailer. There’s also Shazam! coming out next year, which made it abundantly clear in its first trailer what tone it’s going for. DC will still have some darker properties like Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and maybe Birds of Prey, but the future appears to be more balanced, tonally, even if Titans will stay in a darker one to start.

More: Every Trailer Released at New York Comic Con 2018

Titans season 1 premieres Friday, October 12, on DC Universe.

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2018-10-08 02:10:09 – Cooper Hood

Green Lantern Corps: Christopher McQuarrie Explains Why He Isn’t Directing

Christopher McQuarrie explains why he isn’t directing DC’s Green Lantern Corps. One of the many projects that Warner Bros. and DC Film have been trying to develop in recent years is another movie for the Green Lanterns, after Ryan Reynolds’ version flopped. The project has eyed several big name directors and stars in the past, but no movement has happened. David S. Goyer was writing the movie with the potential for him to direct, while other rumors claimed Rupert Wyatt was in consideration. The latest and most popular one is that Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s director Christopher McQuarrie could put his stamp on the property.

The first rumors of McQuarrie tackling Green Lantern Corps came early this summer, but after earlier reports pointed to Tom Cruise as the potential lead as Hal Jordan. If WB was interested in him before, then the franchise record setting box office run that Fallout is in the final stages of and the film’s wild critical praise would appear to be even stronger reasons why he’d be sought after. However, McQuarrie says he isn’t doing the movie, and now he’s explained why.

Related: How the DCEU Can “Reinvent” Green Lantern

Collider had the chance to talk to McQuarrie during the Q&A portion of a Mission: Impossible – Fallout screening they hosted and the discussion eventually turned to the potential of him doing a DC movie. When it came specifically to his involvement with Green Lantern Corps, he did confirm that he met with the “previous regime” (when Geoff Johns was co-chief of DC Films) about the movie. So why isn’t he attached already? Well, it comes down to the underdeveloped state the movie is in.

“That’s kind of the world that it’s in, and when I came in on Green Lantern I was like, ‘Here’s how I would do Green Lantern,’ and they were like, ‘Ah, but you know,’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s what I would do,’ and they said, ‘Well, will you direct it?’ And I said, ‘No, ’cause there’s no script.’ And they said, ‘Well you write the script,’ and I said, ‘But I may not be the guy to direct,’ like don’t make it a McQuarrie movie, make it the greatest Green Lantern you can make it. We don’t know what that is tonally. We don’t know what any of that stuff is until we get under the hood, and I may be the worst guy in the world. You may end up with Tim Burton’s Green Lantern, and I don’t have that pride of authorship. I’m not the guy who comes in and goes, ‘It’s mine, from the visionary director.’ Bullsh*t f***in’ words. You’re a director! You’re a visionary, that’s your job.”

McQuarrie has previously told Screen Rant that his interest in any DC property comes from a good story. He doubled down on those comments earlier in this interview by saying he’s not a comic book guy and just wants to tell good stories, regardless of the genre or characters involved. But, it appears the team behind Green Lantern Corps wants to stick to the comics in places where McQuarrie believed it would be better to go against it. Since they couldn’t come to an agreement on what the vision for the movie should be, it would’ve been quite a difficult partnership.

Making his comments even more interesting is him saying there’s no script yet for Green Lantern Corps. Goyer mentioned at the beginning of the year that the movie was still in development, but the status of the script was never clear. Based on McQuarrie’s comments, Goyer may have never been able to crack the story for the movie (at least in the way that the studio wanted) – which may explain why Geoff Johns is now writing the script.

McQuarrie could ultimately still be the director for Green Lantern Corps down the road, and it’d be a fascinating collaboration if it happened. If Johns’ script is great, then DC will want to use it, but McQuarrie and Johns potentially may have clashed on the vision for the movie before. But, Johns could also deliver a story that McQuarrie likes and a deal could be worked out. For now, fans shouldn’t get too excited in the potential of a McQuarrie-directed Green Lantern Corps, though.

More: Every Update You Need to Know About Green Lantern Corps

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2018-10-02 03:10:44 – Cooper Hood

Green Lantern Corps Should Tackle Hal Jordan’s Most Controversial Story

Emerald Twilight, one of the most controversial comic book stories of all time, would offer a solid base for the Green Lantern Corps movie to build upon. This may seem counter-intuitive, given that the story of Emerald Twilight centered around the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps, but the story would also offer a clean slate that is sorely needed after the failure of the last Green Lantern movie. Indeed, an Emerald Twilight movie could potentially serve as the basis for restarting the entire DC Extended Universe.

Early reports indicated that the initial script drafts for the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie included the death of veteran Green Lantern Hal Jordan – the first Earthling to join the Green Lantern Corps. This idea was apparently a deal-breaker for actor Tom Cruise, who was up for the leading role. An adaptation of Emerald Twilight could address Cruise’s complaints about the original story idea, if Warner Bros. is still committed to having Cruise bring Hal Jordan to life. Even if they are not, or Cruise is still not interested, it would present a story unlike anything seen in any superhero movie before – spinning a tale of a hero’s corruption and downfall, while leaving the door open for their eventual redemption.

Related: How the DCEU Can “Reinvent” Green Lantern

Using Emerald Twilight as the start of a new Green Lantern franchise would also allow screenwriter Geoff Johns to hasten the circumstances that helped him to establish his own stories in the original comic books. Johns previously developed an entirely new mythology for the Green Lantern Corps during his legendary decade-long run on the Green Lantern monthly comic and it would be easy enough for him to repeat the feat and reestablish The Corps in a new form for the movies. If nothing else, the core idea of Emerald Twilight would offer a fantastic avenue for introducing the concepts that Johns eventually built upon. It would also allow Johns a chance to more naturally introduce his original characters, such as Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, to a wider audience.

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Emerald Twilight Made Hal Jordan A Genocidal Villain

Emerald Twilight originally spun out of the events of The Death of Superman and The Return of Superman, which saw the town of Coast City, California completely destroyed by the villain Mongul. Emerald Twilight opened with Hal Jordan struggling to cope with the destruction of his hometown and the death of most of his family. After trying to use his powers to resurrect the city and all the people who lived there (albeit as constructs of solid green light), Jordan was taken to task by The Guardians of The Universe – the ancient alien race who organized The Green Lantern Corps and created the willpower fueled rings and batteries that provided them with phenomenal cosmic powers. Claiming that Jordan’s actions were a violation of cosmic law, The Guardians demanded that Jordan relinquish his ring and his position within The Green Lantern Corps.

Refusing to surrender and rebelling against The Guardians, Jordan assaulted the Guardian home world of Oa with the intention of taking the power he needed to permanently restore Coast City and the people who had needlessly lost their lives during Mongul’s attack. Jordan faced many of his fellow Lanterns en route to Oa, defeating them easily and taking their rings. In a moment of desperation, The Guardians resurrected Sinestro – a former member of the Green Lantern Corps and one-time teacher of Hal Jordan, who had become corrupted by his own power and also rebelled against The Guardians. Jordan was barely slowed down, as he snapped Sinestro’s neck with his bare hands, vaporized fellow Green Lantern Kilowog with his ring, and entered into the Central Power Battery that fueled all of the Green Lantern rings in the universe.

Absorbing the power of all but one of The Guardians from within the Central Power Battery before blowing it up (an action later revealed to have killed many Green Lanterns), Jordan dubbed himself Parallax and embarked upon a crusade to save every innocent who had ever died unjustly in the history of the universe. This led into the Zero Hour event, where Hal Jordan fought his former friends as they attempted to stop him from hitting the cosmic reset button on the DC Comics Universe and establishing an infinite series of worlds where everyone could have a happy ending. Naturally, Hal Jordan was unsuccessful but he did survive the battle and went on to become a reoccurring enemy to Kyle Rayner – an artist from Earth, who had been chosen by the Last Guardian, Ganthet, to be the wielder of the only still-functioning Green Lantern ring in the universe.

Related: The Weird History Behind Green Lantern’s Ring

Parallax would later achieve a measure of redemption through another pair of comic book crossover mini-series. The events of The Final Night saw Hal Jordan making peace with his most of his friends and loved ones, before sacrificing himself to destroy an alien monster called The Sun Eater and reignite Earth’s near-dead sun. Later, during the storyline Day of Judgement, Hal Jordan’s spirit became the new host of The Spectre – a literal angel of vengeance, who bonded itself to the ghosts of men who sought to see justice done. As strong-willed as ever, Jordan attempted to subvert the will of The Spectre, and aim its mission towards redeeming the wicked rather than destroying them outright, as it had done in the past.

Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern: Rebirth Saved The Series

All of this was unsurprisingly confusing to potential new readers, since Hal Jordan was still portrayed as Green Lantern on most DC Comics merchandise through the late 1990s and up until the 2001 Justice League animated series introduced John Stewart as the Green Lantern assigned to protect Earth. A second Green Lantern ring was introduced into the reality of the comics so that John Stewart could be a Green Lantern there as well, but this did little to appease those fans who were angered by Emerald Twilight. Many fans took exception to the idea that a straight-arrow, ex-military man like Hal Jordan could ever be pushed into betraying his fellow Corps members and killing them off of his own free will. This, coupled with an increasingly lackluster series of stories, caused sales on the monthly Green Lantern comic to drop steadily.

Enter Geoff Johns, who proposed a radical reinvention of the core Green Lantern concept in 2004. Johns’ story, Green Lantern: Rebirth, revealed that The Guardians had built the Central Power Battery on Oa to act as both a conduit for the collective willpower of all life in the universe and a prison for a parasitic being made of pure fear… a being known as Parallax! When it was discovered that Parallax could infect the minds of Green Lanterns and control them from a distance through the Central Power Battery, The Guardians attempted to combat this by recruiting only the most fearless and noble of souls as Green Lanterns. While this worked for a time, Parallax was eventually able to find a way to slowly work himself into the mind of a Green Lantern without them realizing it, taking control of them in a moment of great emotional stress.

Green Lantern: Rebirth was brilliant for a number of reasons. It explained Hal Jordan’s past actions without excusing them completely, as Hal blamed himself for not being strong enough to resist Parallax’ manipulations. It explained both the Green Lanterns’ previous inability to use their rings on anything that was yellow and why The Guardians of the Universe recruited only the most fearless of sentient beings to join The Green Lantern Corps. It also established the conceit of the Green Lanterns drawing off the balancing agent of an emotional electromagnetic spectrum, which Johns would later use in his run on the monthly Green Lantern comic to establish Sinestro’s trademark yellow-energy ring as being powered by Fear instead of Willpower, along with a host of other Lantern Corps empowered by other emotions like Hope or Rage.

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The 2011 Green Lantern Film Wasted Parallax

Unfortunately, neither version of Parallax – the corrupted Hal Jordan or the insectoid avatar of Fear Itself – was introduced into the reality of the 2011 Green Lantern movie. Instead, the film created its own version of Parallax to serve as the main antagonist of the movie. Somehow, this new Parallax managed to be even more confusing to comic book neophytes than the original characters from the comics, while simultaneously annoying Green Lantern fans with the seemingly arbitrary changes made to the character’s backstory.

The film version of Parallax was originally a Guardian of the Universe, who felt that The Guardians should be using Fear as the source of energy for their fledgling intergalactic police force instead of Willpower. To prove the point, he exposed himself to the yellow energy of pure Fear. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be a really bad idea, as the power of Fear transformed the unfortunate Guardian into a giant glowing space cloud with a giant head. This creature terrorized the universe, sucking the life force out of anyone who felt fear around it, until it was captured and contained by the Green Lantern Abin Sur.

The Green Lantern movie had a number of flaws, but its handling of Parallax was one of its biggest. Ignoring the questions raised as to Abin Sur’s age and just when Parallax was created relative to the events of the movie, it beggared belief that a single Green Lantern (however good they were at their job) could possibly defeat a threat on the level of Parallax alone. It didn’t help matters that the design of Parallax was reminiscent of the cinematic version of Galactus from the equally horrendous Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer. In any event, it is generally agreed that the movie’s use of Parallax was a waste.

Why Emerald Twilight Is Perfect For Building A New DCEU

Thankfully, the failure of the 2011 Green Lantern movie and its version of Parallax leaves the stage wide open for the basic idea of Emerald Twilight and either version of Parallax from the comics being used to establish a new foundation for the Green Lantern Corps movie. For all of the anger the story inspired among Green Lantern traditionalists, Emerald Twilight was successful in what it set out to accomplish. It simultaneously presented something never before seen in the world of DC Comics and managed to establish a new status quo for the Green Lantern series at the same time. Both of these are tasks that the new Green Lantern Corps movie will need to accomplish.

Related: The DCEU Has Been Setting Up Green Lantern From The Very Beginning

In fact, with the status of the DCEU itself called into question in the wake of reports that Henry Cavill is quitting as Superman and Ben Affleck might not be able to continue as Batman, an Emerald Twilight movie might be just the thing to restart DC Comics’ shared cinematic multiverse. Such a thing had already been suggested for the upcoming Flashpoint movie, which is based upon the comic book storyline that established the current version of the DC Comics multiverse in 2011. Why not defy both expectations by having the Hal Jordan Parallax succeed in his mission in an Emerald Twilight movie and successfully create a better multiverse for everyone?

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The Original Green Lantern Plan Was To Kill Hal Jordan

The first proposed script for a Green Lantern Corps movie was a buddy cop comedy in space, with Hal Jordan and John Stewart as the main characters. Jordan would be presented as both a veteran and a maverick, with Stewart playing the rookie whose by-the-book approach clashes with the more unorthodox tactics favored by his partner. It should be noted that this approach would be true to the spirit of both characters in the current comic books.

Later script treatments suggested that Hal Jordan would die partway through the movie, his noble sacrifice inspiring his partner to avenge him while affirming John Stewart’s worthiness to wear the ring.  Apparently, this was a major point of contention with actor Tom Cruise, who was approached about playing the role of Hal Jordan. Cruise has long been a fan favorite to play the role, due to the character’s possession of a similar personality and background as Tom Cruise’s classic role in Top Gun. Unfortunately, Cruise reportedly wasn’t interested in playing the role unless he was guaranteed to live through the film.

Adapting Emerald Twilight would address this issue, as the villain of the original script could be changed to a corrupted Hal Jordan transformed into Parallax. This would give John Stewart an entirely different challenge, as he must fight to reach his partner and free him from the corrupting influence of his own power or the fear-entity version of Parallax. This idea might also appeal to Cruise, given that he’s apparently fond of playing heroic men consumed by a corrupting power, as in Interview With The Vampire and The Mummy.

Related: Why Tom Cruise as GREEN LANTERN Makes Sense

Will Geoff Johns Adapt His Iconic Green Lantern Arc?

At first the idea of adapting Emerald Twilight for the big screen doesn’t seem like something that would appeal to Geoff Johns. After a decade of writing the monthly Green Lantern comic book, Johns is seen by many as the definitive writer on the series, even ignoring how he created much of the current Green Lantern mythology. Yet most of what Johns created would never have come into existence without Emerald Twilight having come first to clear the playing-field.

Given that, Johns could adapt the basic idea of Emerald Twilight as the starting point for his version of the Green Lantern Corps. He already did this to a minor degree in the comics, suggesting that the events of Emerald Twilight had occurred in a slightly different fashion within the compressed timeline of The New 52 reality. A cinematic adaptation of Emerald Twilight could finally allow Johns to tell his version of events in full. Then again, such steps may be unnecessary given how largely undefined the cosmic side of the DCEU is so far.

There is nothing, save Johns’ own love of playing around with previously existing continuities in his stories, that requires him to suggest such an event as Emerald Twilight ever occurred in the DCEU. Yet such an event would offer the perfect action-packed staging ground for whatever new reality Johns wishes to create using the classic concept of the Green Lantern Corps. This seems a likely occurrence as well, given that Johns has expressed an interest in creating a script that revolutionizes everything that fans of the franchise know. Indeed, Johns has said that his new script is “going to celebrate the mythology and reinvent it in a different way.

Given Johns’ track record as a writer with DC Comics and as the company’s President and Chief Creative Officer over the past few years, it is safe to believe that he can be trusted with so momentous a task as developing an entirely new way of looking at a beloved franchise like the Green Lantern Corps. After all, he has already done it once before and could presumably find another way to manage that trick again. This does leave the question, however, of what role Emerald Twilight might play in Johns’ machinations, if any. Regardless, most are likely to agree that the future of the series on the silver screen is in good hands.

More: Green Lantern Corps: Every Update On The New Movie

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2018-09-15 12:09:32 – Matt Morrison

The DCEU Has Been Setting Up Green Lantern From The Very Beginning

The Green Lantern Corps movie remains in a developmental stage but the emerald space cops already have a place in the DC Extended Universe. Since Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel established what has now become a sprawling shared universe, Green Lantern and his accompanying mythology were carefully seeded from the start. Therefore, when Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and the rest of the intergalactic corps of ring-slingers formally arrive, they’ll find their place at the table has already been set.

Currently, the next Green Lantern film is being penned by Geoff Johns, who has indicated his new script will “celebrate the mythology and reinvent it in a different way.” This seems to indicate Johns’ film will take a different approach from the failed 2011 Green Lantern that starred Ryan Reynolds. That movie hewed very closely to the acclaimed run of DC Comics masterminded by Johns, which introduced all of the classic tropes like the planet OA, the Guardians of the Universe, the fallen Lantern Sinestro, and the evil Parallax. The upcoming reboot is sure to glance with these aspects, but perhaps it may also borrow from the more “hard sci-fi” edge of the recent Green Lantern: Earth One graphic novel.

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This is just the latest attempt to bring Green Lantern to the DCEU. A previous version was described as a “buddy cop” movie for Hal Jordan and John Stewart, and actors ranging from Mark Wahlberg to Tom Cruise at various stages. At the moment, there’s no casting movement, but that doesn’t mean Green Lantern is far off from being a part of the DCEU. In fact, whenever the Corps arrive, they should slot right in thanks to some nifty setup for a space-faring army of Emerald Gladiators.

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Man of Steel Made The DCEU Cosmic From The Start

By beginning the DCEU with Superman, the films properly launched a universe. Superman is, of course, an alien and the fact that he is a strange visitor from another planet is the source of much of the conflict in the DC movies. As is traditional, the opening of Man of Steel took place on Krypton, establishing the race of beings who gain godlike powers when exposed to the light of Earth’s yellow sun. Later in the film, as Clark Kent learns about his heritage from a hologram of his birth father Jor-El (Russell Crowe), he discovers that the Kryptonians were a space-faring race that spent centuries seeding and terraforming planets with massive devices called World Engines.

Though the Kryptonian race is now extinct outside of Superman, the villains he trapped in the Phantom Zone and possibly Supergirl, they brought their civil war to Earth and devastated Metropolis and other parts of the world in the process. However, only Superman fought the rogue Kryptonians; no Green Lantern aided the Man of Steel. Nevertheless, aliens are now a fact of life in the DCEU. For a while, Superman himself was a mistrusted symbol of controversy; he was so feared by Batman (Ben Affleck) that the Dark Knight plotted to kill the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) began studying and cataloging the rise of superhuman beings on Earth and became aware of an even greater alien threat, the New Gods of Apokolips, who would eventually invade in Justice League.

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While the name “Green Lantern” is never uttered in Man of Steel or Batman v Superman, all of this points to the DCEU as a vast cosmos teeming with worlds that need protecting from evil menaces that definitely exist, especially since Superman and the Justice League are only focused on defending the Earth.

Carol Ferris Debuted in Man of Steel

There were no Lanterns in the movie, but Man of Steel still dropped a big Green Lantern Easter egg by introducing United States Air Force Major Carrie Farris (Christina Wren), who was the aide of General Calvin Swanwick (Harry Lennix). Farris also briefly appeared in Batman v Superman. The name “Carrie Farris” is a rework of Carol Ferris, the classic love interest of Hal Jordan who also becomes Star Sapphire, one of Green Lantern’s enemies. In the 2011 Green Lantern, Carol was portrayed by Blake Lively, and was the heir to the Ferris Aircraft corporation as well as being a fighter pilot herself.

Though Carrie Farris has no obvious relation to Carol Ferris or Hal Jordan outside of her name being a subtle allusion, it indicates that Zack Snyder was at least thinking about Green Lantern in the early stages of plotting out the DCEU.

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Wonder Woman Introduced The Magical Side of The DCEU

Continuing the efforts of Snyder’s films, Wonder Woman wove magic and the Greek gods into the fabric of the DCEU. Princess Diana of Themyscira is a demigod whose father was Zeus, and her destiny was to be the god-killer who would vanquish Ares (David Thewlis), which she achieved during the First World War. Wonder Woman’s Amazonian history not only intersects with Green Lantern during Steppenwolf’s first invasion in Justice League, but it could also tie into it in a different way.

The original Green Lantern in the Golden Age comics of the 1940s was a hero named Alan Scott, who wore a mystical Power Ring that derived its energy from an ancient green flame, as opposed to the alien technology of the Green Lantern Corps. Though there’s been no mention of any of this in the DCEU, the foundation of magic (which also greatly factors into Shazam!) now exists for Geoff Johns’, who also penned a popular run of comics about Alan Scott and the Justice Society of America, to weave the mythology of the Golden Age emerald warrior into his reinvention of the Green Lantern Corps.

Justice League Showed An Ancient Green Lantern

Although Steppenwolf did gloats “no Lanterns” in the Justice League trailer, the words “Green Lantern was never actually said in the film (likely due to the major edit changes). However, Justice League did show a Green Lantern, albeit one who fought for Earth in the distant past. As Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) explained to Batman, five thousand years ago, the Parademon armies of Steppenwolf attacked the Earth, with the Apokoliptian general planning to use three Mother Boxes to create the Unity and terraform Earth into another fiery hellscape like his own homeworld. Steppenwolf was defeated by the combined forces of the Atlanteans, the Amazons, the armies of Man, the Greek gods, and also, a Green Lantern. This Emerald Gladiator was Yalan Gur, who was the protector of Space Sector 2814 (which contains Earth). Sadly, Gur was killed by Steppenwolf during the battle and his Power Ring was seen escaping to seek out a new wearer.

Yalan Gur in Justice League clearly established that Green Lanterns exist in the DCEU – or at least they did millennia ago. There was have been no mentions or sightings of Green Lanterns since. Fans can infer that Earth no longer has a Green Lantern protecting it since none appeared to fight off the two most recent invasions by Krypton and Apokolips. Steppenwolf himself was more concerned with Superman than he was that a Lantern might show up to stop him a second time.

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However, there was a scrapped Justice League post-credits scene planned early on that would show popular Green Lanterns Kilowog and Tomar-Re meeting Bruce Wayne. Instead, it was replaced in the final film by the scene with Lex Luthor and Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) forming the Legion of Doom.

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