COMIC-CON 2010: Warner working on Green Lantern video game

July 22, 2010 | 8:08 p.m.
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The new “Green Lantern” movie starring Ryan Reynolds will be the center of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s presentation at Comic-Con International this Saturday. But it won’t be the only Green Lantern creation they unveil.

The studio is also hard at work on a Green Lantern video game that’s expected to come out along with the movie. According to DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, it’s part of a bigger plan to put DC characters in more titles from the studio’s growing Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) video game publishing unit.

“On the game side there will be more following Green Lantern that we hope to directly be impacting creatively and otherwise,” she said.

Among the “we” Nelson referred to was DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and co-publisher Jim Lee, a writer and artist well known to comic book fans who have been consulting on upcoming games.

“Geoff and Jim have been completely embraced by the team at WBIE,” she said.

Warner Interactive recently founded a game production studio in Montreal that’s expected to focus in large part on games with DC characters.

Green Lantern will be a movie tie-in, but Nelson said that other games in development won’t be. She and her colleagues at the recently restructured DC are hoping to use video games to introduce their comic book super heroes to new and larger audiences.

As an example, she pointed to last year’s Arkham Asylum, a commercial and critical hit in gaming sector that had nothing to do with 2008′s The Dark Knight” but was, in many fans’ eyes, the best ever use of Batman or any superhero in a video game.

Of course their greatest test, as fans of video games and superheroes can attest, will be whether they can finally make a good Superman game.

– Ben Fritz

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