David S. Goyer Is Interested in ‘Green Lantern’ Movie

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With the highest grossing Warner Bros. and DC Comics superhero movies already under his belt, writer David S. Goyer has his sights set on one of the studio’s least successful adaptions — “Green Lantern.”

Goyer, who co-wrote the screenplays for Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” is currently working on Snyder’s still-untitled Batman vs Superman movie.

Aside from the Sandman, who could be depicted on the bigscreen by Joseph Gordon-Levitt thanks to Goyer’s pitch to WB, Goyer told Collider that he’s interested in another Justice League member as well.

“I would love to do ‘Green Lantern,'” Goyer said when asked about “Man of Steel’s” depiction of an alien world versus that of “Green Lantern.” “I really wanted to showcase Krypton as a truly alien world. That was one of the things I wanted to do from the beginning when I got involved in the project. At his heart, Superman’s always been a science fiction story. I wanted to lean into that, and so did Chris, and so did Zack, so I was just glad we were able to.”

The original “Green Lantern” film with star Ryan Reynolds bombed at the box office and was panned by critics. The movie earned less than $220 million worldwide ($117 million Stateside) and reportedly cost a whopping $200 million to produce. Although the adaption was faithful to the comic book story, the film suffered from the curse of the second-tier hero, as Variety‘s Brian Lowry put it best. Comic-book audiences are less eager to support blockbusters with small-name heroes.

With rumors swirling of a Justice League pic (new WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently confirmed a new film series from the studio), Goyer may realize his dreams sooner than expected.

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  1. Lonnie Artis says:

    I agree @Carl Mac. But someone explain the aforementioned statement in the article, “Although the adaption was faithful to the comic book story, the film suffered from the curse of the second-tier hero”. It failed because it WASN’T faithful. Read the reviews. I am a HUGE Green Lantern fan. They failed to capture the true essence because the movie was rushed and packed in with to many inconsistent details. However I am just a “fan boy” so I could be off base.

    I would love a more “Man of Steel” style Green Lantern movie. Man of Steel had a few flaws but all in all was entertaining.

  2. Carl Mac says:

    If they DO make a sequel I hope they pick up where they left off with the Green Lantern saying ” looking for trouble ” and heading into space, also another comic book hero would be fun would be Adam Strange the reluctant earth man picked up by the Zeta beam from the planet Rann who fights monsters and wears a jet pack, could be a hit ……… if …… done right.

  3. tosin says:

    i’ll love 2 see idris elba as jon stewart making a cameo in GL2 but keep ryan/hal as the main lantern

  4. rudy desi says:

    Green lantern movie wasnt so great cuz of the lame cheesy effects and story. Ryan reynolds deserves another fair shot at this with the right team. Dont reboot just retweak it. Keep sinestro too..there were some gd things about that movie ryan wasnt the problem..look at hal jordan in the 52 comics…matches ryan

  5. Meditron says:

    Green Lantern wasn’t a curse of a second tier hero. The Green Lantern movie was the curse of a terrible script and actors. Ryan Reynolds isn’t a good enough actor to make it believable. His presence in the Wolverine movie was just as bad.

    Iron Man was arguably a second tier hero – but the movie was smart, fast paced, witty, and had with the exception of Terrance Howard – had good comic book movie acting.

    Huge difference.

    • greening says:

      The huge difference was the character and the script. Iron Man was arguably not even a second tier character at the time. That allowed the writers and filmmakers a lot more freedom to craft a more interesting character out of one that was already more interesting than Hal Jordan. I like GL, but the comic is a throwback to another time. They were either going to have to be slavishly devoted to the original concept and make a corny, dated looking film with limited appeal , or try to figure out a way to modernise the main character and give him more of an edge (no easy task). They chose the former. It wasn’t Reynolds fault. There wasn’t even a script when they cast him. That tells you something about how little Universal cared about producing a good script. The whole thing was a rush job designed to cash in on a trend. No actor could have saved that steaming green pile Universal pushed out.

  6. puddintain says:

    Does a billion dollars count as a successful take for a second tier character? Does six hundred million? Goyer had a credit for co writing the story for the Dark Night and The Dark Night Rises, not the screenplays. the only accurate thing written here is that the first Green Lantern tanked.

  7. “Comic-book audiences are less eager to support blockbusters with small-name heroes.”
    Like Blade? We’ll see how Guardians of the Glalaxy does too.

  8. Goyer did NOT co-write the screenplay for the Dark Knight trilogy. He co-wrote the screenplay on Batman Begins and only received a co-story credit for the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. If it wasn’t for the Nolans, TDK trilogy wouldn’t have been half of what it was.

    And, no, at his heart, Superman has NOT been a science fiction character. At his heart, he is a hero. Plain and simple. Even if he didn’t have his powers, Clark Kent would be a hero. I think that was a definite problem in Man of Steel – they put WAY too much emphasis on him being an alien and lost all of the humanity from the character. That’s always been Superman’s strength. God-like powers but grounded by the humanity instilled in him by his human adoptive parents. THIS is what Goyer and Snyder don’t understand

    Also, I can understand a podunk little newspaper glossing over the screenplay information, but Variety is supposed to be an industry news source and shouldn’t get these things wrong. Bad form, Variety!! Curse of the second tier hero? You mean like Captain America, Iron Man and Thor?? Green Lantern was just a bad movie, 1st, 2nd or 3rd tier hero.

  9. bsbarnes says:

    Warner Bros is showing strong interest in bringing their superheroes into live action movies, and David S. Goyer is a top talent who has delivered time and again! Goyer’s extensive run on the JSA comic book is a highpoint of the “pre-New 52 DCU”, deftly updating those Golden Age characters to modern times while tackling epic challenges with the greatest of ease: JSA was the best team book on the stands, then! A Green Lantern Family movie (Alan Scott, Obsidian, Jade) vs the Shazam Family (Captain Marvel, Black Adam, Mary Marvel) written AND directed by David S. Goyer (because David has mad skills) might prove BETTER than a Justice League movie, actually! Goyer has already directed Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3, so it would be less a reboot than an Earth 2 crossover event (in a bright red shirt and a weakness to wood) for Green Lantern II! It could happen! Go, Goyer, GO!

  10. Sami says:

    I really hope they don’t reboot but just create a better sequel. I like Reynolds in the role, just make it be one of the few movies where a sequel is better than the original.

  11. jhs39 says:

    Giving David S Goyer credit for writing the Batman trilogy is extremely misleading. His scripts for all three movies were extensively rewritten by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan or both. A much more accurate gauge of Goyer’s true talent would be Man of Steel (which, unfortunately, didn’t benefit from a rewrite by either of the Nolan brothers) or the three Blade movies.

    • tosin says:

      u forgot to add chris terrio rewriting batman vs suoerman.i think a sequel would be better,raynolds did ok(i’m sure he’ll put mo effort in d sequel),and 2 spice things up they shuld make flash appear in the ending scenes,since they are good friends in d comics,m sure it’ll be awsome

    • Hollywood Scum... says:

      Didn’t he have a big hand in the Ghost Rider sequel too? You never hear that mentioned in articles like this.

    • Completely agree with this.

  12. fez says:

    The Green Lantern movie suffered from bad script, editing and some not so convincing special effects. It wasn’t because of second tier super hero. G L isn’t really a second tier hero. Yes, he isn’t Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman like in terms of popularity but still he is one of the big guns of DC comics. I was do disappointed that the movie didn’t do well. It should have been better. It deserved to be better and get success. If it had not bombed, we would have had potentially a different schedule to get to the Justice League movie and probably would have been getting one sooner. Oh well!

    I just hope WB reboots G L pronto. Justice needs to be done to that character and its movie. Goyer can come up with the story but someone else should write the screenplay. And the Wachowskis should be asked to direct it.

  13. Ron says:

    It’s a little silly to reference an article about the failings of comic book movies when said article was written pre-Avengers. His arguments about second-tier heroes have become moot since the full realization of the MCU.

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