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'Green Lantern' Sequel May Ditch Early Story Outlines And Start From Scratch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 2, 2011 6:01 AM
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Just Like Audiences Worldwide, WB Reportedly Not Happy With Martin Campbell's DirectionThere is nothing about a prospective "Green Lantern 2" that doesn't reek of flop sweat. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are scuffling in their race against Marvel/themselves to develop a new chain of franchises based on comic book characters, and the performance of "GL" this summer has certainly hurt momentum. With "The Dark Knight Rises" pegged for next summer and "The Man Of Steel" after that, they're going to want to diversify, lest the studio be forced to greenlight a bunch of actual real movies with interesting original characters not made to sell Happy Meals. Ye gods.

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

Warner Bros. Goes All In On Superheroes, Plans 'Green Lantern 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 27, 2011 1:23 AM
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"Green Lantern," which "reportedly" cost $300 million to make and market, opened to a soft $53 million last weekend, before plummeting 65% in weekend two amidst bad buzz from critics, audiences and the general press. Sounds like it's time for a sequel!

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

Would We Have Been Better Off With Robert Smigel's Version Of 'Green Lantern' Starring Jack Black?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 8:13 AM
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Hal Jordan Conjured Up Superman & 5 More Things You Need To Know About The Unmade Comedic ScriptBefore Ryan Reynolds put on the CGI suit as Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern," the franchise was eyeing a completely different direction. Way back in 2004 Robert Smigel -- best known for his TV Funhouse shorts on "Saturday Night Live" and the creator and voice of Triumph The Insult Comic Dog -- had penned a comedic take on the character that had Jack Black set to star. In that incarnation, Black would've played a reality TV star who gets chosen to wear the power ring with comedic results. Needless to says, fans weren't so hot on this idea and while that version never got off the ground, we've always wondered what his film would've been like. Well, thanks to Vanity Fair, now we know.

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

In Theaters: 'Green Lantern' Takes On 'Popper's Penguins'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2011 5:16 AM
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Hello darlings. Please be patient with me today. I have decided to take "Green Lantern" as a personal affront to my being a grown ass woman with a need for grown ass movies. I just can't anymore with this childishness! Adolescent boys are ruling the world, and it's never more apparent than when examining the steaming piles of CGI comic book hash we get served up every summer. And you know, I'll take an "X-Men: First Class" or a "Captain America." At least these enhanced beings are located in a world that is rooted in some kind of reality with real stories and real problems (Nazis!). Even just reading our review of "Green Lantern" confused me with the made-up planets and the imagining stuff and the glowing rings and Peter Sarsgaard's giant head. No. Just no. Do not want. And don't expect me to want it either! We can't have nice movies if we don't hope for and expect entertainments that are better than this. All of you are on notice.

Watch: The Onion Offers The Best Assessment Yet Of 'Green Lantern'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 4:32 AM
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With reviews dropping today for "Green Lantern" -- you can read ours right here -- the overall consensus is that it's a massive misfire with negative word coming from the most hardcore fanbase. That said, there are always the few fanboys who insist that anyone who doesn't like the movie has an axe to grind or simply doesn't understand the comic lore (see our comments section). But the hilarious folks at The Onion hit the nail on the head about what was wrong with this movie right from the outset.

Review: 'Green Lantern' Is A Tale Of Good Versus Evil For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 15, 2011 2:16 AM
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Why are superhero and comic book movies so popular? It may be the comfort of believing there is a clear distinction between “good” and “bad” people, that “good” isn’t such an abstract notion within one’s identity and bad, in itself, is an unchanging, sometimes unstoppable force. There is poetry in this oversimplified view, both in the way it calms the troubled minds of moviegoers and the very notion of an unchanging duality forever at war, one side “morally” representing the winning side, the other not.

'Green Lantern' Reportedly Cost $300 Million; Director Martin Campbell Won't Return For Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 6:08 AM
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Greg Berlanti Describes The Film As A Cross Between 'Star Wars' & 'Top Gun'How much does it cost to make a "Green Lantern" light? Apparently $300 million (including marketing). That's the number being tossed around in a New York Times profile on the film and it's a pretty staggering figure.

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