‘Green Lantern’: Martin Campbell and Ryan Reynolds believe movie will get fair shake

June 16, 2011 | 2:05 a.m.
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"Green Lantern" (Warner Bros)

From the instant “Green Lantern” met the public at Comic-Con International last year, fans have been grumbling about the look and tone of the DC Comics adaptation. Now that the film’s release is only hours away, reviews are finally hitting the web — and they’re not great. (The movie has a paltry 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this.)

With so much judgment already, is it possible for “Green Lantern” to get a fair shake? Those involved with the movie seem to think so. At the movie’s premiere in Hollywood Wednesday night, director Martin Campbell said he wasn’t worried that negative energy would hurt box-office prospects.

Meanwhile, Reynolds, who stars as Hal Jordan in the film, says he’s understanding of the scrutiny that comes along with turning a popular brand into a film.

“I think it gets the absolute right shake,” he said. “It’s a huge property. This DC character has been around 70 years. For me, I think the most important aspect was just the fact that they created a film that looks like it was ripped right out of the pages of a comic book. I think that’s the thing that everybody set out to do–and really captures.”

— Amy Kaufman


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3 Responses to ‘Green Lantern’: Martin Campbell and Ryan Reynolds believe movie will get fair shake

  1. E-todd says:

    I will wait until I've seen this film before I pass judgement. Having waited 40 years to see a live action Green Lantern motion picture, it will be difficult NOT to have too high expectations. I DO think, however, Ryan Reynolds looks EXACTLY like Neal Adams' Hal Jordan, and I do appreciate the smart-ass cockiness Reynolds brings to the character (which for true believers is Hal's personality).

    Something new and refreshing this seems. Brooding superheroes are so 2 dimensional and way overdone (thank goodness Chris Nolan gets it!). Remember 'Superman Returns'? Not much fun or humor in that film to make the characters endearing or intriguing- certainly not enough to care about them. Movies like 'Green Lantern', by their very nature, are almost impossible to make these days. Warner Brothers is taking an expensive gamble. If this fails big, it'll be the beginning of the end for the genre. This all sounds and feels so much like the Summer of 1978 all over again!!

  2. zadocpaet says:

    I haven't seen the Green Lantern movie, but I love the comics.
    POLL: Is Green Lantern worth watching?
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  3. mICHAEL wILSON says:

    Green Hornet was way much more entertaining than this overpriced CGI nightmare of a comic book hero. The movie lacks totally in all aspects . Looks like Cambell will have to eat crow now for calling Marc Forsters bond film Quantum of Solace a mess a few days ago Obviously Cambell has a mess on his hands with this crappy film he thought was going to be so great. He really fooled the studio and us on this one……

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