Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
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IT CAME FROM HOLLYWOOD!

It's called a "shout sheet".  What it is is a sort of synopsis/brag about an upcoming movie intended for merchandisers and such to get them interested and excited in an upcoming project.  It gives a good overview of what a movie is going to be and what talent is attached to it.

I bring this up because the shout sheet for Green Lantern has leaked.  It has been confirmed as legit.  It's still pretty vague, giving only a TV Guide plot synopsis, but there might be some looking to avert their eyes.  So, if you don't want to wait until 2011, look under the cut.

'Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.

The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.

The film is being produced by Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Greg Berlanti (upcoming “Life As We Know It”). Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers. Geoff Johns and Lucienne Papon are co-producing.

The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team is led by a number of Academy Award® winners, including director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and costume designer Ngila Dickson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), as well as Oscar®-nominated editor and longtime Campbell collaborator, Stuart Baird (“Gorillas in the Mist,” “Superman”). The film’s visual effects are being overseen by Oscar®-nominee Kent Houston (“The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen,” “Casino Royale”).

The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. '

You know, I really don't understand this whole "We have to tell the origin!" thing.  Your Golden and Silver Age comics could present an origin in a few throwaway panels and then get on with the story.  I mean, they're superpowers.  So what?

It was really the only thing I didn't like about the Powerpuff Girls movie.  It's such a cliche story, it ranks right up there with the first heroic act being stopping a mugging in an alley.

Other than that, this really sounds pretty cliche, condescending, and arrogant.  Humans are so wonderful, it is our emotions that separate us from other races and makes us actually superior, cocky hero who leans how serious things are and comes around....

Combine this with a CGI Green Lantern series being readied, and it looks like we're in for GL mania.  GL was one of my favorites as a kid, just because the idea of a ring that could literally do anything was so cool.  But I lost interest with the whole Guy Gardner bullshit and an overall lack of direction.  The movie just doesn't have me as excited as the potential lulz in the upcoming Deadpool movie.

I understand movies have to recoup their investment and that, so they go for the Generally Accepted As Safe stuff.  But I can't help looking at that and thinking, "That's the best they could do?"
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