Big Changes Coming for ‘Green Lantern 2’

New director, new direction and, of course, "edgier and darker." Also, The Flash has "a solid script?"

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Despite a fairly disappointing $154 million international take after six weeks at the box office (for a little perspective, the latest Harry Potter cleared that mark in about three days), it seems that Warner Bros. has decided to go ahead with a Green Lantern sequel after all. The Los Angeles Times recently spoke to Warner Bros. film group president Jeff Robinov, who said that Green Lantern's strong opening weekend means that the franchise has audience, but that "To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action… And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth."

Just to clarify, "edgier and darker" is now officially synonymous with "generic," since after the success of The Dark Knight everyone thinks that blindly making any superhero "edgier and darker" is the key to success. If we sound bitter, it's because we are: the comic book industry tried the same thing throughout much of the 1990s after the success of The Dark Knight Returns and Tim Burton's Batman, with brief spikes in sales numbers but fairly mixed artistic – and later financial – success. Not every character is "edgy and dark." Green Lantern himself doesn't entirely qualify.

But as you may remember from our Green Lantern edition of We Can Fix It, we do think that the last film had significant problems that could be improved in a sequel, and we think that a new direction is definitely the way to go. Warner Bros. thinks so too, and is apparently even looking into replacing the original film's director Martin Campbell for the second outing. As for the script, there's already an outline by some of the first Green Lantern's writers, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, but according to The Los Angeles Times some individuals close to the production (who weren't comfortable speaking on the record) say that the outline might have "significant changes," if Warner Bros. doesn't scrap it altogether and "start over from scratch."

Oh man, this is looking dangerously close to a reboot, isn't it?

In related news, the same article briefly mentions that a script for The Flash has been completed, and is "solid." Unless it vibrates its molecules too fast, obviously.

CRAVE Online will return with more Green Lantern 2 news as it charges up.