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Martin Campbell To Direct Green Lantern?
DC superhero to light up the big screen

05 February 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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For years now, while Marvel has been steaming ahead with plans to bring its entire roster of big-name superheroes to the big screen via development deals with separate studios (before, of course, going solo itself), its main rival, DC, has been, well, less effective.

Sure, there’s the small matter of Superman Returns and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, which we believe were moderately successful – but when it’s come to superheroes outside DC’s big two, the comics giant and its movie studio owner, Warners, have had precious little success.

George Miller’s Justice League of America movie was announced with great fanfare, and fell apart quickly. Joss Whedon came and went on Wonder Woman. And if The Flash moved as slowly as the movie that will bear his name, nobody would want to see a film about him in the first place.

But today, we had the first real and serious movement on a non-Superman or Batman DC/Warners movie (if you don’t count Watchmen, which doesn’t take place in the DC universe and which didn’t start off at Warners) in a while, with the news that Martin Campbell is set to direct the big-screen version of Green Lantern – the DC superhero who derives his Superman-level power from a green ring that allows him to fly, project nifty laser shapes and read under the covers.

The Kiwi director has, of course, got form when it comes to launching, or relaunching, franchises, with his sterling work on Goldeneye, Casino Royale and The Mask Of Zorro, so he’s a fine choice for a movie like this. He’s just finished his remake of his own BBC TV mini-series, Edge Of Darkness, so presumably he fancies something a little lighter and more colourful – well, there are forty shades of green, after all.

Campbell will replace the project’s original director, Greg Berlanti, who wrote the script along with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Berlanti will also produce along with Donald De Line, and has moved on to direct the aptly-named This Is Where I Leave You, also for Warners.

There’s no word yet on the precise timeframe for the Green Lantern movie, but it’s believed that Warners is keen to get this one going as soon as they can. And with a script, director and producers on board, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be rolling by the summer’s end.

What this means for Campbell’s involvement with the remake of The Birds is not clear at this moment. But, readers, which would you rather see – another addition to the increasingly crowded ranks of superhero movies, or a take on Hitchcock’s classic? Or would you like to see Campbell go elsewhere – another Bond movie? Vertical Limit 2? Answers below, please.

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Your Comments

Green Latern perfect for superman
Frankly the second superman returns came out i thoguht to myself i could only think of a few characters that would make an interesting sequel character at the same time as the possiblilty of actually working on screen, Green Latern being oen of them. Admittedly, it would only be an 'comes as bad guy (justice thingy/false info from lex), turns good' ala silver surfer, against something worse, teaming with superman at the end. Can't see Green latern being mainstream enough outside comic readers to More

Posted by Carrot Cake at 14:11 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: 10 Years Ago
L: Ivan_Drago Nathan Fillion would have been perfect for Hal Jordan - damn the aging process! Damn it to hell!! athan Fillion is only good in films or tv shows when u want them to flop or be cancelled. More

Posted by Frank Castle at 09:13 on 07 February 2009 | Report This Post

bRING cAMpbell ON!!!! He'll make an Awesome green lantern movie!!!! He's perfect! Green Latern would be a sick story to bring to screen! I don't know about the Hal Jordan route, they should go with John Stuwart. It'll be an interesting angle, since the majoroty of Superheres on the big screen is perdominatly white. The Ring works best with a wearer who has enoughWillpower and Strength. it'll be a dmn good movie, especiall in the Hands Of Mr. Campell More

Posted by ryanjd7 at 16:22 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

Personally I love the 90's futuristic prison movie NO ESCAPE, Campbell did a great job bringing 2 new Bonds to the screen and Zorro and even though I seem to recall Empire gave it a one star review, I really liked the mountain thriller he did called Vertical Limit. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 10:43 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

Good Choice
Martn Campbell makes some top action films so I already have my expectations uped on this project. Personally I feel he should palm off The BIrds to another Director, as good an action director as he is I feel that he his remake of Hitchcock would be ok at best. Let Chris Nolan do that one, he can make anything awesome! More

Posted by Calsterman at 06:49 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

10 Years Ago
Nathan Fillion would have been perfect for Hal Jordan - damn the aging process! Damn it to hell!! More

Posted by Ivan_Drago at 05:52 on 06 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Potentially brilliant

Posted by BrianShields25 at 19:38 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Potentially brilliant
If the script which was reviewed recently reviewed on is used this has the makings of a great blockbuster. More

Posted by sanchia at 18:00 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Kenneth Branagh's doing the Thor movie and Raimi's gearing up for another round of Spiderman least Campbell's got some blockbuster pedigree. A Green Lantern movie would fill Warners coffers just as much as a new Superman in my opinion. Wish they'd stop talking about these things though and just get on with it.... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 16:15 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

sexual pun intended?
"Joss Whedon came and went on Wonder Woman." either way, its funny. oh, and quantum of solace haters, could you please spare some time to read this review, of sorts. james-bond-please-stand-up.html cheers. More

Posted by the_preacher at 14:58 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

I don't care about Green Lantern at all. Never read the comics, don't feel I'm missing out on something. What I do care about though is Bond, James Bond. Note to Barbara Broccoli/Michael G. Wilson: re-hire Martin Campbell. And Daniel Kleinman. And fire Matt Cheese or what's his name - he couldn't edit an action sequence to save his life. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:07 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Excellent choice! Hopefully this will kick-start a DC movie universe, like Marvel's doing. I want a proper Justice League movie in 5-10 years' time! Also, I reckon Campbell looks more like Batman in Kingdom Come than Hal Jordan, but each to their own I guess. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:34 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

You can never have enough comic-book movies,....bring it on! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:03 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Fan-bloody-tastic news, martin Campbell is the perfect choice for this film and I love all of his previous work. He even looks a bit like Hal Jordan too maybe he should play him. If youre reading this Martin and want some one for Guy Gardener then look no further. Im sure that we can come to some deal More

Posted by sleepwalker at 09:38 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Good choice
He makes action movies with substance (the films you mention in the piece: Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Zorro are all superb. I'm looking forward to his take on The Heart of Darkness, much more than the seemingly duff State of Play remake. Not a Martin Campbell movie I know but it is a Hollywood movie version of a pivital BBC drama mini series. And yes I agree I'd relax more if he directed the next Bond movie as Marc Singer, otherwise a great director, phoned it in on Question of Sport and thus it More

Posted by Taz69 at 08:21 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

Not Martin Campbell
As much as i love his work he shouldnt direct this. He should do the next bond movie to make up for the pile of crap that was quantum of solace. More

Posted by Yippekaiaye at 08:09 on 05 February 2009 | Report This Post

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