Significant buzz has been building in recent months about the future of DC Comics in movie adaptations. Warner Brothers has been in a bit of a transition with the ending of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, the most successful DC movie series in some time.
The 2013 box office success of Man of Steel has led to a fresh start for DC Comics film adaptations. There is plenty of speculation on future movies, especially with the recent announcement of a Batman and Superman film, expected out in 2015.
The development of a combination Batman and Superman film obviously suggest that Warner Brothers wants to get serious about setting up a blockbuster Justice League film down the line. If DC wants to follow Marvel’s strategy with The Avengers, that would suggest feature films for many other DC characters, and many characters have been suggested or rumored.
Speculation of one particular character, Green Lantern, has been relatively quiet. It would be assumed that the Green Lantern would have a large role in any potential Justice League film, as he is consistently a key character in most Justice league story lines. The disappointment of the 2011 Green Lantern film, however, has clouded the short-term future of the character in film.
Recently, Ryan Reynolds, the star of Green Lantern, was asked about a potential sequel to the film. Reynolds did not sound optimistic, and at this point it would appear to be a long shot to have another Green Lantern movie before a Justice League movie.
There is some risk that fans would be less excited about Justice League if Green Lantern left a bad impression on them of the character on the big screen. There is also a risk that if Justice League is released, for instance, in 2017, then the audience may need a refresher on who Green Lantern is. Combining that with other characters that need introduced, could create a crowded movie with many characters fighting for air time.
I’d like to point out that not having another Green Lantern film before a Justice League film absolutely does NOT prevent Green Lantern from being in the film. In fact, it would have to be considered a major upset if there wasn’t a Green Lantern in any Justice League movie. The issue, though, is that one of the major characters may not be very well known to the larger audience if not handled properly.
Marvel did a brilliant job of establishing different characters individually in film before bringing them together in The Avengers. One option for DC, though, would be to treat Green Lantern as The Incredible Hulk of the series. They could move on from the movie, cast a new actor in the role and hope that the audience understand’s the character’s fit.
Really, he just wears a ring and uses his imagination as a power. See, superhero films don’t have to be that complicated. They could also have Ryan Reynolds return in the Justice League film. In fact, his comedic talent might fit well in a complementary role to more serious members of the league. If the new Green Lantern shines in a Justice League film, then it may make sense to rebooting the character in a new solo movie series.