“Green Lantern” was directed by Martin Campbell who previously directed 2 of the James Bond films, 1995’s “GoldenEye” & 2006’s “Casino Royale” as well as the 2 “Zorro” films and “Edge of Darkness”. The film is based on the DC character and comic book series of the same name. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett. The film also includes few noteworthy voice overs from Geffory Rush & Michael Clarke Duncan. This film took almost 15 years to make but didn’t actually take off until 2007 before a full script was written.
After a mysterious being known as Parallax escapes from an intergalactic prison, he attacks other alien life forms and then a member of the Green Lantern Corp, Abin Sur, the same Lantern who imprisoned Parallax. Near death, Abin Sur sends his ring to find a suitable replacement. The ring chooses fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) who is testing a new fighter jet at the Ferris Airfield. The ring transported Jordan to a dying Abin Sur and becomes the new Green Lantern. After Hal joins the Corp, the body of Abin Sur was found by the US Government and examined by Dr. Hector Hammond (Saragaard). Hector is college professor and the son of US Senator, Robert Hammond (Robbins). During the examination, Hector is infected with a small piece of Parallax who proceeds to give him powers of his own to take down the Green Lantern and their Corps. With the help of fellow Lanterns, Thaal Sinestro (Strong), Kilowog (Duncan) & Tomar (Rush), Hal must train his will power to use his ring and over come his fear of failure in order to stop Parallax and Hector from destroying the world.
Coming off the huge success of 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and the beginning stages of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC tried to start their beginning with Green Lantern but unfortunately it failed miserably. This was a terrible film. From the mediocre visuals, poorly developed characters and crappy writing. Ryan Reynolds is actually pretty good in the title role but the rest of movie surrounding him doesn’t hold up. By introducing certain DC characters, it brings some new elements to the DC film universe. Angela Bassett as Amanda Waller was a solid outing however just isn’t given much to work with. Much like “Suicide Squad”, great actors and given solid roles just not enough to go off of. I’m not sure if they were going for a cinematic universe cause it didn’t work just like a lot of other studios trying to start a universe.
After this film’s failure, DC waited until 2013 to try again with their DC Cinematic Universe, in “Man of Steel”. Ryan Reynolds went to appear in the much more successful “Deadpool” in 2014 and its 2018 sequel. Martin Campbell would go on to direct 2017’s “The Foreigner”. Sadly, this would be the last major film for Michael Clarke Duncan as he would tragically pass away a year later with a slew posthumous roles in films to be released afterwards. To this day, word of a Green Lantern reboot has been up in the air since the DC Cinematic Universe had launched but no real word has come of yet.