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All Those Rumors About GREEN LANTERN... They

Published at: July 16, 2004, 6:44 a.m. CST

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Jack Black has closed his deal. He will be playing Green Lantern in a film that has been described as a “zany comedy version a la THE MASK.” All rights to the DC comic have been worked out as well, so you can expect to start hearing more about this project in the months ahead.

As I understand it, DC Comics tried desperately to dodge this bullet, but ultimately, they don’t have the right to veto something if Warner Bros. really wants to make it happen. This is the problem with the way DC’s deal with their corporate overlords is structured. Their hands are tied. As much as they are aware of the problem with this approach to the material, they just have to sit back and watch it happen along with fans of the character and the rich mythology that has been established over the long run of the various GREEN LANTERN titles.

I like Jack Black. I really do. I’m dying to see what he does in KING KONG because I trust the director and the rest of the creative team, and I have a feeling they’ll find the right way to harness his energy. But this GREEN LANTERN gives me gas right away. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Maybe they’ll find a way to make it funny without totally trashing everything that’s ever made the title great. And maybe this’ll be exactly as godawful as it sounds. Either way, this one just passed from “rumor” to “confirmed news,” so brace yourselves, comic fans. It’s coming...

To be fair, Rich Johnston over at Lying in the Gutters mentioned this rumor in a recent column. We've been following this story for about two months or so now, waiting until it was official. DC Comics has done their very best to cockblock the decision, and we didn't want to start writing about it until it was a done deal, holding out hope that someone would wise up. Strange... as of this morning, it looks like the big three DC characters are all being treated right. Superman with Bryan Singer and Daughterty/Harris, Batman with Nolan and Goyer, and Wonder Woman in the capable hands of Laeta Kalogridis. So why can't they get any of their second string characters right? Time will tell...

"Moriarty" out.





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  • July 16, 2004, 7 a.m. CST

    what a load of shite

    by DrX

  • July 16, 2004, 7:01 a.m. CST

    fuck! i was first!

    by DrX

  • July 16, 2004, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Funny GL corps?

    by Cerebud

    The terrorists have won.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Yickes!

    by RedFive

    First jessica alba,now JB as the GH?,comic book movies in 5 years are gonna be a joke,we have one more good X-Men and Spiderman till everyone jumps ship.The FF Is gonna be a joke and both the punisher and DD are history.The thought of submariner makes me cringe but at least Batman has potential.I could care less about superman anymore too.Screw Comic book movies....anymore.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:08 a.m. CST

    What?

    by harosa

    Can we all be honest and let the nerd flag fly? Did anyone in their right mind ever envision a Green Lantern flick done this way? If it's like "The Mask" then why bother doing it since its obviously been done already? I thought if they ever did this with FX theses days you could do some grand things with GL's creations but somehow a comedy with Black isnt doing it for me right now, and I'm a huge D fan.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:09 a.m. CST

    At least it's happening to Kyle Rayner

    by BenjaminGrimm

    Maybe this is just some form of cosmic justice for Emerald Twilight. Though it probably kills the prospect of any kind of serious GL project getting done for the next fifteen years.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I'm not even a fan...

    by NoLaw4000

    ...but these news gave me a nosebleed. Can I sue Warner if they finnaly given me cancer in the brain?

  • July 16, 2004, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Jack Dodgers

    by Baba-Lou

    Duck Dodgers did this story already. Daffy picks up GL's suit by mistake at the laundry. Hilarity ensues. I've seen Daffy Duck, and you Jack Black are no Daffy Duck.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Like drag racing a Rolls Royce

    by Redbox

    Now you all know how I felt about Constantine!!! HAAAHAHHAHAHAHAH Warner Bros. has to stop snorting coke off of the ass cleavage of mediocracy. This is like taking Isabella Rossellini out on a date to McDonalds and then fucking her toes!! What an absurd way to waste what could have become a SCIFI/Comic book legacy worthy of the XMEN or Star Wars. This is like using fifty dollar bills to wipe your dog's ass. That said, I love Jack Black and if he is given Prime Rib and asked to grind it into hamburgers, I'll bet they'll be good burgers. Cheers!!

  • July 16, 2004, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Oh dear god...

    by RenoNevada2000

    Perhaps after seeing the expected disappointing grosses on CATWOMAN next weekend there will be some serious rethinking of this who idea. Probably not though. It's a shame that DC doesn't have more clout around the WB clubhouse. They're a nearly bottomless well of great ideas and proven characters that the parent company seems fairly intent on pissing all over...

  • July 16, 2004, 7:39 a.m. CST

    GL

    by Damer1

    IS this the homosexual or straight GL?

  • July 16, 2004, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Wonderboy, What is the Secret of Your Power?

    by Evil Chicken

    I just spit my coffee against the monitor! What? I love (and I mean it) Jack Black too but he's not Hal or Guy. If Warner wants to "Mask" it up and turn an epic into a comedy, they seem to be missing the point. This is one of the great-untapped franchises in comics. Will they make a fast dollar and have a big opening weekend? Yes. Will it launch a franchise juggernaught and do the Green Lantern Corps justice? Anything's possible. Of course, it's WAY early and I shouldn

  • July 16, 2004, 7:52 a.m. CST

    In the darkest of nights...

    by Human Tornado

    I think it has a lot of potential. I don't believe Jack will be playing Hal Jordan or any of the lesser Green Lanterns of Earth. The ring may come to his hands by mistake, like Guy Gardner's (I KNOW it wasn't a mistake, but he's always been a second choice. Like John Edwards). G'Nort was a mistake, and was pretty cool. They should play it like G'Nort vs. the Scarlett Skier, set against the threat of a galactic makeover conducted by a alien entity of ambiguous sexuality. Jack Black would SO rise to the challenge if the planet's fate was on the verge of doom. It's Giffen and DeMatteis on the big sceen! C'mon, you know this would happen some day.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:52 a.m. CST

    In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night....

    by Trik

    There is no way I'd pay to watch this tripe

  • July 16, 2004, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Wha?

    by Spikes Brain

    The question is, will this be better than the Mask sequel that's coming out (with the teen Mask)? The other question is, will Jack Black find parts for his partner and his girlfriend, like he did in Shallow Hal? I picture a quick Justice League scene, with KG as Batman, Laura Kightlinger as Wonder Woman, and then we could go with David Cross as Aquaman, and maybe John Cusack as Superman. Not to mention the fact that he'll probably sing in the movie. Wow...

  • July 16, 2004, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Songs in the movie

    by Human Tornado

    As long as he sings "Here I Come to Save the Day"...

  • July 16, 2004, 8 a.m. CST

    hmm

    by carouselambra

    trying to envision this, but it just ain't working. hopefully, jack black can step into green lantern's energy, instead of giving green lantern jack black's. but not if they're making it a joke. there should be funny stuff coming out of the ring every once in awhile, but not constantly zany stuff. blah.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Have you learned nothing, Warners?!?

    by Desk

    For pity's sake! Is everyone at Warners totally clueless? Did no one at that studio bother to go watch Spider-Man 2, a film that is faithful to its source material, approaches it with respect and intelligence, and as a result is on its way to becoming one of the most critically and commercially successful blockbusters of all time?!? Green Lantern could be a terrific science fiction film. The story of a man randomly selected to possess what appears to be a simple ring, but is revealed as potentially the most powerful weapon in the universe. A film that follows his struggle to come to terms with this monumental, life-changing responsibility. It should centre on Hal Jordan, a test pilot and a man of incredible resolve who overcomes the natural temptation to exploit the ring for his own ends, resists all manner of alien enemies pursuing its power, and discovers his destiny to use it for the good of the universe. You could argue that there are many parallels to the Lord of the Rings, with the pursuit of a similar all-powerful ring, and the temptations it places on those who possess it. But this could be a contemporary human drama encompassing epic space adventure, with mind-bending 2001-style effects as Jordan explores the universe with his new-found power, tracing the ring back to its origins and discovering its purpose. Don't throw away such a potentially rich concept on another 2-bit, half-baked SFX comedy. Get a clue, Warners!

  • July 16, 2004, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Somebody please explain it to me...

    by jonnyvonpoo

    ...and I'm sure someone will, but the rational side of my brain and the businesss-minded side of my brain aren't understanding these decisions. The two most $ucce$$ful comic-book movies / franchises in recent history are X-Men and Spider-Man, both of which are essentially faithful to their source material, and treated with respect by their creative people. Like Green Lantern, both have had followings for decades. But Warners is turning their superhero films into star vehicles (Keanu, Halle Berry, now Jack Black). Why not use the Spider-Man/X-Men business models when developing their comic franchises? Or... just come up with a new character? Did someone decide to make Lord of the Rings a slapstick comedy? I think that Catwoman, Constantine and now GL will, if not flop, barely register with the public. If anyone from WB is reading this thread, who knows... but hopefully, somehow, this won't come to be.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:22 a.m. CST

    by oneragga

    Open letter to Warner's executives...all your mothers suck cock in Hell. That's a quote from one of your better films, when you bastards actually had the balls to make a good movie. You know what Jack Black could do well? Plastic Man. Dust of the Warchowski Bros. Script...Hell..HIRE those fuckers to shoot....they have good weed, look at the Matrix films. Make the most surreal acton comedy of all time, out of a concept that's ACTUALLY FUCKING FUNNY!!!! But no...that would be somewhat intelligent...look who we're talking about here, Mr & Mrs SAT's...

  • July 16, 2004, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Jack Black destroys the DC Universe...

    by badboymason

    This could lead to a fantastic franchise of Jack Black playing every DC hero in hilarious comedies: "Jack Black plays the Flash! - When a streaker is struck by lightning he gains the power to streak at the speed of sound! Hilarity ensues." "Jack Black plays Superman! - An alien baby crashes to Earth, with superpowers and an hilarious alien inability to understand Earth's customs - hilarity ensues." and so on...

  • July 16, 2004, 8:25 a.m. CST

    NO! NO! NO! NO!

    by Dufftastic

    Oh GOD help us all! Why, oh why do the execs at WB not get it? Why must they produce shit like this and CINO while Marvel eats their lunch?

  • My God they are stupid! Desk hit the nail on the head. Successful comic book movies have 1) a serious realism to the "fantasy" (Spiderman, XMen, 1ST Batman, Supes of the 70s), 2) a great story (what Daredevi and the Hulk lacked and thus why they failed), and 3rd) great effects (blended w/ CGI NOT overrun with it, ala League of Xtra gents)/actors/villians (most have this down okay although Hulk's end fight w/ the CG mess was lame). LIMITED CAMPY COMEDY! Didn't they watch Batman and Robin???? Arghh!!

  • July 16, 2004, 8:33 a.m. CST

    And yet here you are with us, Emil

    by Dufftastic

    Fanboy cocksucker

  • July 16, 2004, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling I know exactly what this movie is going to be l

    by rev_skarekroe

    I could probably write a script this afternoon that closely resembles WB's. sk

  • July 16, 2004, 8:49 a.m. CST

    This is terrible...

    by Blue_Demon

    I'm hoping somebody is playing a joke on Moriarty. Maybe this is disinformation or something. Surely the brains ( heh...heh-heh-HA-HA-HA!! ) at Warners have heard the feedback on that stupid Catwoman movie. And they take a great character like Green Lantern and make it a lame-ass comedy? Jesus Christ. Hey...you think some of those dudes are TRYING to get fired or something? That's the only reason I can see for this shit. Oh, look! Emil Minty called us geeks! How original! And I just BET he was/is physically able to separate a person from his lunch money...uh huh...yeah.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:51 a.m. CST

    If I can at least hope...

    by oliverk

    Okay, here's the only way I can see resolving ALL of this and leaving us with something both interesting and good. You see, leave Hal as GL. He's the serious one, with all possible respect given to his character and the legend behind the ring. You actually give him this hightened sense of drama, almost to the point of reverence (think White Gandolf in Two Towers). Reference, but don't dig deep, into the Guardians and the fact that there are GLs in all of the different quadrants. And then introduce some of the yellow lanterns and have Hal lose in something like a five-on-one fight. That's when Jack Black actually gets ahold of the ring. He goes hog-wild with the thing, and Jack Black comedy ensues. Of course, the wrap of the thing is the GLs from the other quandrants coming by to save Hal, ultimately having to save Black from himself and then getting the ring back to Hal. Remember the reverence, and provide a path towards some other movies that are serious renditions of GL. See: Jack Black = Jimmy Olson. Not a terrible idea, but not a great one either. OUT gjohnson352 at yahoo

  • July 16, 2004, 8:55 a.m. CST

    YAY! A scoop of mine got posted :)

    by Sith42

    Yeah, Mark Millar confirmed it on his board last week, as well as another source. Thanks Moriarty for following up and confirming it. Seriously, what are DC thinking? I love Jack Black, but unless they go over the top and make a parody film, this may be bad news. And I'm a staunch supporter of all the comic films that have been out since Spider-Man (ok, so maybe not Catwoman)

  • July 16, 2004, 8:55 a.m. CST

    David Cross as Aquaman. Now THAT I would love to see.

    by Mr Brownstone

    Just imagine Cross as a bitter environmentalist Aquaman pissed at all humanity because we shit in and pollute his prescious ocean. He comes to the big city to stop GLOBOCHEM from dumping toxic waste in the gulf of mexico. He has a hard time adjusting to life on dry land and is continually tempted by the vices of us "turfers" as he calls us. It's a fish out of water story. Literally.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Worst idea...EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    by The+Hitman

    Can't believe some shameless waste of carbon is collecting a paycheck for this. GL is one of the greatest characters in DC Comics. His absence from film (Iron Man too) was a head scratcher for me. For GL Fans who wanted to see a GL movie in the worst way, well, you're gonna see on in the worst way. Maybe they can have Adam West do a cameo as Batman.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:57 a.m. CST

    and there should be a sub plot about Manatees in it.

    by Mr Brownstone

  • July 16, 2004, 8:59 a.m. CST

    by borisF

    Why can not I shake a feeling that were are "Punk'd"? This is beyond logic. This is beyond reason.

  • My God, did these idiots at the WB even see SPIDER-MAN 2? Even HEAR of SPIDER-MAN 2? I guess the proven notion that serious comic book adapations actually make money while campy comedic films become expensive bombs flew right over these jokers' heads. Damn, even the 100 chimpanzees sitting in a room with typewriters trying to compose Shakespeare are producing better work...

  • July 16, 2004, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Great.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Now get Will Ferrel to play FLASH. Sheeesh-

  • July 16, 2004, 9:17 a.m. CST

    This will make Catwoman look like "The Godfather". Will Joel Sc

    by Darksider

    Way to fuck up a potential francise. Possibly the worst movie news I have ever heard it's true. If Black does this he's a complete asshole.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Maybe "The Jackal" will shoot him again

    by Jeditemple

    I love to watch that scene over and over...where Bruce Willis has Jack Black hold up the pack of cigarettes and blows his hand off with the assault cannon.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I would expect this stupidity from Warners, but Jack Black alway

    by The Nihilist

    ...but then, I sort of liked Michael Keaton before he was foolish enough to take on "Batman." As Roger Ebert has said, actors (and all too often their agents) seem to think they're perfect for any role, by definition--they're an actor, it's a paying job, in their minds they think they can do it. Some actors possess more wisdom than that, it's unfortunate that Black doesn't appear to be one of them. Oh well, we now have something to hate more than "Catwoman," and this bizzare, self-destructive trend of purposely pissing off their fans continues for Warners.

  • AOL/Time Warner. For your Giant Robot Spider Fighting Needs.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:34 a.m. CST

    C'mon

    by zer0cool2k2

    I'm as big a comic fan as most anyone, but doesn't the very concept of "Green" Lantern, "Green" Arrow, "Blue" Beetle, etc. just kind of scream silliness in the real world? There have been lots of very dramatic storylines from these comics over the years,(I'd love to see something done with Green Arrow's "Longbow Hunters") but they just wouldn't all play well on screen. It might be a bad idea, but probably not any more potential for disaster than a straight dramatic GL film would have. Quaid in his prime could have been a great Hal jordan, I'll agree, but imagining him in the green and black tights makes me grimace. Imagining Jack Black in those same tights, belly flopped over the belt, two days facial hair, charging at the screen, ring aglow with a look of righteous vengeance on his face, while screwing something up horribly, well that makes me laugh.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Equality...

    by FNORDcinco1

    Nice to have this craptastic news mixed in with the WORLD POLICE goodtastic news...Nice of bit of business their...

  • July 16, 2004, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Someone get us the names and addresses of the "executive V.P.'s"

    by mortsleam

    Every choice made by Warners smacks of the late's 80's/early 90's corporate synergy mentality, whereby lower totem-pole flunkies blessed with the meaningless title of V.P. feel they have to justify their existence by making copious notes on whatever project slides by them in order to put their stamp on the material to serve their bloated egos. The company is run by idiot former production assistants and mail room boys who climbed up the ladder by being kiss-ass weasles and who actually have no creative ability whatsoever. Someone needs to clean house at the WB. With a flame thrower. That said, if they go with Guy Gardner as a hapless loser who finds the ring or Kyle Rayner as a comic book dork who can fulfill his every superhero fantasy, it just might not bring about the apocalypse.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Orange...

    by AS_Dodger

    Is it only the UK that has to suffer those shitty Orange ads, with a bunch of brain-dead "movie execs" making twats out of themselves? Yet every time, someone in the theatre still laughs. Anyway - that's how I picture the WB board. I'm not a fan of DC, but I do respect it's icons, unlike it seems, it's owners.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:45 a.m. CST

    ???

    by GypsyTRobot

    Has anyone ever done an analysis of why high-paid corporate functionaries make incredibly bad decisions like this which cost their companies millions of dollars? As a student of nonsensical human behavior, I'd like to know how this malfunctioning system hasn't completely collapsed on itself.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Imagine this, if you may....

    by Otter

    A young man, abused, forced to sleep inside a cardboard carton, watching TV through a hole in the box... grows up to be a successful executive named Jim Profit, with a goal to destroy the company that made the box that he had to sleep in as a child. Made a great short-lived show, didn't it? Well, imagine a young comic book fan, who immersed himself in comics until they were burned by an angry parent, grows up to be a successful executive at Warner Bros., with a goal to destroy ALL of the properties and characters belonging to DC comics? Stranger than fiction, folks? You decide. Hey, maybe Warners can take this idea off of the thread and stay away from DC's characters.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Maybe WB has a grudge against the success of the Marvel titles,

    by Formula409

    ...and so allowing Hollywood to get back to regurgitating cheesy erotic thrillers and buddy-cop movie formulas. Just a theory.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks this is a great idea??? BUT.......

    by supermanzz

    I love GL and I've been saying for years, make GL make GL!! So now they are. This movie will rule if thay make JB the Kyle Rayner Gen X slacker GL. If they try to make him test pilot Hal Jordon GL this movie will suck. So hopefully we will get that rather than a Keanu Hal Jordon MAtrix GL. I can alreayd see a great scene where seriosu Hal or Allen Scott pass the ring to JB. I can see JB cleaning his apartment with green helpers. Isn't thg GL's powers a little silly anyway? Weaknesses to wood and yellow is a little silly. This movie could rule if they do it right, and Jack Black rules. maybe let ben stiller Direct!!! Owen wilson as synestro?? HA!! or maybe they'll just F it all up. Probably.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:02 a.m. CST

    maybe he's Guy Gardner.

    by jamawalk

    yeah, so maybe he's not playing Kyle or Hal or Jon. Maybe he's Guy. Or Killiwog. Or G'Nort. Jack Black would make a bitchin' G'nort. Maybe its the film version of "Mogo Doesn't Socialize" and Jack is playing the Green Lantern that is actually a living virus. Maybe. Or maybe its actually Jack White. And its a musical, with him as Ch'Ip.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:06 a.m. CST

    the TRUTH about Warners...simple and so sad

    by fedtheblankup

    The suits who decide what movies get made at Warner Brothers (with a few exceptions) are almost exclusively MBAs from east coast Ivy League schools who view film as a commodity, not unlike pudding pops, soda, or toilet paper. The problem is, they are so ill-informed about the "product" they are trying to make and sell to us, that the business model equivlent would be if they made pudding pops flavored like bacon, because people love bacon, and we can really cash in on the low-carb craze. Perfect! Any other corporation would fire executives like that in a heartbeat. When is the corporate board going to wake up over there?

  • July 16, 2004, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Hey Redbox, Constantine is even worse than this!

    by Homer Sexual

    But I totally agree with your comments. Everyone saying that Keanu wouldn't be that bad can now apply that to the funny Jack Black Green Lantern. A real Hellblazer flick could've been so cool, now crushed. Can't even imagine what this GL flick is going to be. Exactly how will he be using his ring, I wonder. To make magical green guitars?

  • July 16, 2004, 10:08 a.m. CST

    BJ at Rush Concert

    by Ghost_Wheel

    No, I'm not talking about getting one. The Black one himself popped up on stage during the Rush concert at Irvine CA Weds night. After he stripped to his boxers, he showed the world how he's be enjoying the good life. There will have to be a lot of CGI to trim old Jack down for the GL costume.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Well it looks like my idea for WB to make a Superfriends movie i

    by The Tao of Joe

    one piece at a time. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Seriously, they shouldn't make this movie. Kill more than one bird with the stone, bring the whole stable of DC characters in on what the studio could call a "SPOOF" if you will. A non serious rendition of the DC universe. Get someone to play Batman (I.E. not Christian Bale) in order to drive the point home, that this is the JOKE superhero movie. Then they can go back and make the serious superhero movies in a parallel serious universe. HAVING THEIR CAKE AND EATING IT TOO! Who wouldnt want to make twice as much money? And while we are on the subject, Vince Vaughn should play Superman and LEX LUTHOR if they ever get a Superfriends movie running. And Will Ferrell would make a mighty damn fine Aquaman. Wouldn't it be awesome to see him skiing around in the ocean with his fish shoes (Superfriends featured him doing this all the time) or riding a poorly drawn Sea Horse? This could work, if they made it all one gigantic joke. Its kinda like what would happen if Spaceballs was made by the same people who made Star Wars, or if the people who made the Peter Sellers James Bond movie also made the serious ones. Oh wait, they did. AND IT MADE MONEY! COME ON WB. GIVE SOMETHING TO THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO LAUGH, BUT ALSO SAVE A SLICE FOR THOSE WHO TAKE COMICS SERIOUSLY. A COMPROMISE. YOU GUYS ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. YOU REMEMBER HOW IT ENDED, SO COMPROMISE JUST LIKE NEO DID WITH THE MACHINES.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:11 a.m. CST

    not every...

    by boohallsmalls

    comic book character is good, or worthy of a serious attempt at celluloid. I mean, come on, the Green Lantern? If you are over the age of 13 and you seriously care what they do to this character, you need to stop and evaluate your life and priorities cause something may be out of whack. Batman, yes, Superman, yes, Spiderman, yes...other than that, maybe its better that people focus on original work instead of adapting comics, many of which are far to corny to ever work on screen. I love The Watchmen, but the dialogue is so hokey that it can't possibly be used in a film and so the new dialogue will make the film seem unlike the comic. And the whole Daredevil thing. Daredevil is so lame. Like the handicapable toys Joe Swanson proposes in an episode of family guy. just doesn't cut it.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:13 a.m. CST

    right now Marvel is laughing their fucken ass off

    by Rcamacho2278

    Denzel Washington should play The green lantern. The best green lantern was when they made him black. not jack black.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:13 a.m. CST

    At least Jack Black Loves Super Heroes

    by supermanzz

    At least he loves super heroes. He is that little kid in all of us running around with a towell around his neck. I'm sticking with my guns, this movie is gonna rule. Jack Black is the man!

  • July 16, 2004, 10:13 a.m. CST

    i hate assuming anything

    by ZO

    especially with a movie before a director or a script is even out but this kinda creeps me out. black as a serious super hero?

  • July 16, 2004, 10:19 a.m. CST

    GL corps

    by supermanzz

    Allen Scott: Kevin Costner Hal Jordon: Keenu Reeves Kyle Rayner: Jack Black Jade: Michelle Rodriguez

  • July 16, 2004, 10:21 a.m. CST

    RedBox - I completely agree

    by -=Shin=-

    Your comment about Isabella Rosellini made my morning. Weirdly, Jack's crazy genuis/humor might turn this into something watchable.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Is Warners...

    by Kid Z

    ... actually run by a bunch of mongoloids? No really, is the CEO of Time-Warner named Corky? The ONLY way this will be even remotely bearable is if they're doing the Gnort Green Lantern with Black in dog makeup. Does anyone now have any hope at all for Batman Begins? I think this news killed the last glimmer of hope I had for that fiasco.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Maybe after Catwoman bombs...

    by jonnyvonpoo

    ... WB execs will get together and say "Hey, maybe we should have based it on the source material, like those guys did with that Spider movie thing that's making our counterparts at Sony multimillionaires." And then one of them might say "Hey, aren't we heading down the same road with this Green Jack Black thing?" And then someone says, "Holy shit, you are right! Let's pull the plug now and do this right!" And then I'll say "No, I'm a fucking idiot, that will never happen."

  • July 16, 2004, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Worst. Idea. Ever.

    by zacdilone

    "Catwoman" will be better than this. And that's really saying something. Enjoy the lackluster returns, WB.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Green HORNET TITLE IS ONLINE TO PEEK AT!

    by blackbookmaker

    For anyone interested, The Green Hornet motion title is online. I stumbled across this and thought it looked pretty good. click the link then follow that to the "motion graphics" link, that will open up to the reel, it's nestled between Red and the 6th Day. It's quick but it's worth it: http://WWW.THEANTFARM.NET/ Hey, I know it's not the Green Lantern, but it's still green!

  • July 16, 2004, 10:45 a.m. CST

    How does one fuck the toes of Isabella Rosellini?

    by Shigeru

    And I'd rather get raped by an angry leopard than watch a zany GL movie. WB EXECS THAT ARE READING THIS: LOOK AT THE RESPONSE THIS IS GETTING! Hal Jordon Lives.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Kyle Gas should play Superman

    by ScottishCynic

    You know what would be funny? If they made the film and kept everything under wraps, only releasing that Jack Black would be the star. Then when the movie came out, it started with 5 minutes of a serious GL film...Until suddenly the screen flashed, and SHALLOW HAL 2: HYPNOTIC BOOGALOO started playing. The first 5 minutes allowed the staff at the theatre to lock the doors, and slowly...SLOWLY...WB were turning all the comic book loving fan boys into Rom-Com pussies. THAT WOULD RULE. PS- That was me laughing at the Orange pre-movie adverts. HAHAHAHA ROY SCHNEIDER, YOU CRACK ME UP. "Film n

  • July 16, 2004, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Holy Mother of God

    by ima biggun

    It's pretty obvious that somebody at WB hates comics, that's the only sane reason for clusterfucks like Catwoman, the last 2 Superman movies, Batman and Robin. It has been proven that comics work best when you respect the material that has existed for decades. The bad thing about this is that Jack Black in a big budget movie will probably do well enough to encourage these assbags to contiune to shit on characters that many of us have known for years.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Bring on the yellow ring!

    by Sinestro

    Yellow rings win over green. Nuff said.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Green HORNET TITLE IS ONLINE TO PEEK AT!

    by blackbookmaker

    For anyone interested, The Green Hornet motion title is online. I stumbled across this and thought it looked pretty good. click the link then follow that to the "motion graphics" link, that will open up to the reel, it's nestled between Red and the 6th Day. It's quick but it's worth it: http://WWW.THEANTFARM.NET/ Hey, I know it's not the Green Lantern, but it's still green!

  • July 16, 2004, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I've Figured It Out: The CEO of Warner is an Agent of MARVEL

    by Van Damned

    It's the only way to understand why they would seek to destroy so many D.C. icons.

  • I get it now! --- And what's zanier than a fat, oldish, stoner, guy with greasy hair in spandex! --- This is such a stupid idea....

  • July 16, 2004, 11:08 a.m. CST

    PLEASE boycott this movie as well as Catwoman

    by Fish Tank

    Maybe it's the only way they'll listen.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:08 a.m. CST

    First photo?

    by Gudlyf

    http://www.gudlyf.com/archives/2004/07/16/jack-black-superhero/ ;-)

  • July 16, 2004, 11:12 a.m. CST

    To Horrible to Contimplate

    by JamieCOTC

    These are over powerful, very well paid people conspiring to destroy and icon. Whoever said "Eat the Rich" had the right idea.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:14 a.m. CST

    anybody remember the initial response to Michael Keaton?

    by Sinestro

    Ha!

  • July 16, 2004, 11:19 a.m. CST

    This HAS to be a sick joke

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • July 16, 2004, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Green Lantern MOvie

    by atom80

    In regarding to this I emailed the CEO of The Wb. Now, I must say normally I don't care if comic book movies are "off". NOt when it comes to GL. I say let them know how we feel. Talk to them! Email them. We are the ones supporting this project. After seeing Marvel get it right a few times, minus Hulk *shivers* D.C deserves better. Dear Mr. Meyer, It has come to my attention very recently that Warner Brother's Entertainment has closed negotiations regarding a Green Lantern Movie. I received these details via a website I frequent almost daily. The website http://www.aintitcool.com/ verifies Jack Black to play our unnamed hero. I would first like to ask if this is true. Mr. Black is a wonderful comedian and well-suited for comedic roles. I must, however, express my concerns if he is to play any character labeled Green Lantern. Sir, I have watched quietly as the character Green Lantern has been slowly "altered" from his state in DC comics. The mainstream television show Justice League gained a lot of my attention simply because John Stewart (a Green Lantern) would be part of the cast of characters. After watching one episode, I became disappointed and disillusioned by Green Lantern's lack of diversity in the use of his powers. Furthermore, John's personality was also lacking. He became flat and without serious depth in any quality minus arrogance. As time went on, the Justice League show disappointed me again and again regarding our hero. I finally ended up boycotting the show not only for its lack of accuracy, but also an apparent lack of vision. I understand that some changes are necessary to market any product to the mainstream public. However, the essence of the character was lost. I stopped watching as did my circle of friends. Returning to the subject of the movie, http://www.aintitcool.com/ describes the movie's genre as a "zany comedy version a la THE MASK." Comic books are humorous. They do indeed make us laugh. Comic books like Green Lantern , however, do much more. They provide us with a tapestry of emotions. I laugh at Kyle Rayner's (the current comic book Green Lantern) fast wit. I felt grief alongside him when he suffered the lost of his first girlfriend Alexandra DeWitt. Now, I'm experiencing that same grief, but for the wrong reason. Green Lantern can not be presented in such a way where he will be a "raging idiot." He not only loses his value as a threat to villains, he loses the interest of his fans. Even with the creation of a new character, I feel this can not be done. Marvel's Spiderman movie franchise has already proven to be a smash hit. I've seen the sequel twice already and plan on seeing it again. I will not spend a single cent on this planned Green Lantern movie as its current direction stands. In closing, I know that I am but one fan. Please realize my feelings are indeed the feelings of others. The initial reaction of many fans can be viewed here. http://www.superherohype.com/forums/showthread.php?s=63e5c16d0767ab4318c08f0b4c4e223a&threadid=126867 http://www.aintitcool.com/tb_display.cgi?id=17971#785721 http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/Forum1/HTML/001773.html http://chud.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68385 Please note especially this link. The reaction from fans of DC comic's Green Lantern on the DC message boards hosted on Warner Brothers' own website. http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/messages.jsp?topic=57103426&board=green_lantern Finally, Sir, I must close by saying the slogan of the Green lantern is "There is nothing he can't do." I must add to this "...except make money from this project." Thank you for your time and patience. R.A Wells Hopeful Fan

  • July 16, 2004, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I am looking forward to not seeing this movie.

    by Village Idiot

    I am looking forward to not seeing this movie. Much like Catwoman, Battlefield Earth, etc.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Boy cott

    by jdmorello

    we should boy cott any movie that pulls this crap so maybe they will stop doing this. First castwomen now this, I thought comic book movies were making a step foward not a jump off the side of a cliff.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:34 a.m. CST

    WTF!!!!

    by mad scientist

    comic book movies are becoming less and less appealing. What's up with all this comedy bull shit. Green Lantern was never a comedian, neither was the F4 which avi arad so nicely put would be a bitter sweet comedy. This is bull shit. Jack Black?!?!?!?! How about some one who actually looks the part. Wake me up when X3 comes out

  • July 16, 2004, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Where's that wacky fake Warners apologist troll when we need him

    by mortsleam

    His schtick is about the only thing that would it easier to swallow this bitter pill.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Batman comparison

    by Childe Roland

    I don't think the Keaton/Batman comparison works for this film. The first Batman wasn't billed as a "zany" comedy, as this one is. So, although we knew Michael Keaton COULD be zany, we also knew there was a chance he'd play it dark and straight (ala Pacific Heights). Black is being billed as zany here and we pretty much know that's all he can do. So unless this script is just make-shit-fly-out-my-nose funny, I think this might be a bad move for Warners in terms of capitalizing on a comic to its full potential (alienating the automatic fan base is never a good start, as Catwoman should've taught them). Oh... and Emil, do you actually jerk off while you type your pussy-ass, homophobic threats to other people on this board? If so, you might want to save some of your non-viable, coagulated spunk to patch the hole in your inflatable girlfriend/sheep doll. I made an extracurricular career of smacking down tough-talking little punks like you all through gradeschool and high school. You're real bad ass when you're leaning on the skinny kid with asthma. How about someone with the inclination and the 0.5 seconds it would take to fight back? Bitch.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:45 a.m. CST

    here's the deal

    by JackDonkey

  • July 16, 2004, 11:47 a.m. CST

    ONLINE PETITION !!!

    by brockp

    I just created a online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/GLantern/petition.html to see if we can get anyone at Warners to listen to the fans and not ruin this movie! If you REALLY think Jack Black + comedy does not equal Green Lantern, go the URL below and sign up!

  • Against This: http://www.petitiononline.com/GLantern/petition.html

  • July 16, 2004, 11:54 a.m. CST

    It will be the worst movie ever

    by AlwaysThere

    Surpassing The Hulk, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.

  • July 16, 2004, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Sinestro, we remember the initial reaction to the selectio

    by TheWoodMan

    We thought it was a joke. And as it turned out, it was! This is the same kind of comment I read the other day when they announced what's-her-name, the little WB bimbo, as Sue Storm... "You just watch, they laughed when Michael Keaton was announced to play Batman, too". I know it's taboo among uber-geeks to slam the first "Batman" (just as it's unthinkable to suggest that "Empire Strikes Back" wasn't the greatest movie ever made), but here goes... "Batman" sucked. It sucked just as bad as the three sequels. Bad casting (a middle-aged dork with a receding hairline, non-existant chin, and girly-lips as Batman... a fat, middle-aged hack, also with a receding hairline, as the Joker... uhh, great), stupid story, and half-assed action and effects. It sucked! Period. Find some other example to use if y'all feel the need to defend the studios' brainless casting. Please?

  • July 16, 2004, 12:16 p.m. CST

    GREENERY

    by Trevor Goodchild

    How can anyone that believes themselves to be a geek refer to Hulk as a failure. Out of the conversions considered to be failures I have only seen Daredevil which deserves it's position. Hulk belongs with Superman, Spiderman, X2 and both Blades, is the greatest CGI creation so far and is in my top 5 films of all time. (I don't see my top 5 films as a chart. It;s more a wheel / dial structure with 5 points always spinning, always turning like a wonderous catherine wheel of emotion and exhilaration.) Viggo Mortenson should of got Green Lantern and Gilliam should have been directing.

  • July 16, 2004, 12:54 p.m. CST

    What was Green Lantern's deal?

    by GypsyTRobot

    I never read any DC comics, sorry I was a Marvel kid. I may have seen Green Lantern on a cartoon (Superfriends? Justice League?) but I think I get him confused with Aquaman. What are Green Lantern's powers, background, etc.? He's got a magic ring that does - what? Project light like a lantern?

  • July 16, 2004, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern is my all timefavorite hero...

    by Blok Narpin

    ...and this news is upsetting. very.

  • July 16, 2004, 1:12 p.m. CST

    What is the big deal?

    by The Real McCoy

    Honestly, Warners was destined to screw up this movie so what's the big suprise? They're not sticking with the original comic? Gimme a break. Batman Begins is a miracle thanks to Nolan demanding no studio intervention. I'm not expecting anything good from the WB so that way, news like this won't phase me. However, getting Jack Black is not the worst thing they could have done. They could have cast Halle Berry. At least with Black, it might be an entertaining movie. The way I see it, Black is saving a film that was destined to be horrible and making it a bit more fun. An entertaining Green Lantern film that strays from the comic's character is better than no Green Lantern movie at all.

  • July 16, 2004, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Ratwoman Redux

    by robogeek.com

    ...and then some. To call this sacrilege would be an obscene understatement. My God... Warner Bros. is truly insane, or abonimably evil, or profoundly stupid, or all three. Hopefully when Ratwoman implodes at the box office they'll reconsider raping and mutilating another DC Comics character.

  • July 16, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Ratwoman Redux

    by robogeek.com

    ...and then some. To call this sacrilege would be an obscene understatement. My God... Warner Bros. is truly insane, or abonimably evil, or profoundly stupid, or all three. Hopefully when Ratwoman implodes at the box office they'll reconsider raping and mutilating another DC Comics character.

  • July 16, 2004, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Ratwoman Redux

    by robogeek.com

    ...and then some. To call this sacrilege would be an obscene understatement. My God... Warner Bros. is truly insane, or abonimably evil, or profoundly stupid, or all three. Hopefully when Ratwoman implodes at the box office they'll reconsider raping and mutilating another DC Comics character.

  • July 16, 2004, 3:34 p.m. CST

    JB as Rayner, Ben Stiller as Guy Gardner, Chris Rock as John Ste

    by Grabthars_Hammer

    I HATE the WB!

  • July 16, 2004, 4:09 p.m. CST

    A "New" Spin...

    by MysticalGoo

    Alright, so the more I think about this, the more I laugh. I mean, how long can we go with a standard super hero movie anyway? On the other hand, if DC wants to stink up their characters by feeling like they have to put a new spin on them, let them. It's their loss if they don't realize that a new spin isn't really a new spin if the 'old' spin has never really been seen by the masses before. Besides, from the sounds of it, Marvel will continue to remain confident in the initial appeal (I think) of their characters, and continue feeding us a steady diet of cinematic joy (I hope) in the years to come. Though I've been a fan of the books since I was a kid, I never thought Hal Jordan or any of the other GLs were really that interesting. That's probably why they killed him off in the first place. For me, what 'was' interesting to a degree was the whole galactic protectors thing they had going, and the corp that policed the different universes. There's no love lost by them changing this character- especially if they show the GL Corp, large-scale action/effects and different members. Though I won't see it, just thinking of Jack Black in a GL uniform is funny to me. Mission accomplished, Warner Bros, yoou made me laugh. That's all you're getting from me on this one.

  • July 16, 2004, 4:15 p.m. CST

    "Too faggy," says WB!

    by pooryorick

    Absolutely saddening news, but not really all that surprising. Truly sad when you consider that of all of DC

  • July 16, 2004, 4:26 p.m. CST

    CHUD Actually Had a Nice Rebut to This...

    by hipcheck13

    ...so go read it.

  • July 16, 2004, 4:34 p.m. CST

    "too faggy"

    by g_mo_d

    Thats funny.

  • July 16, 2004, 4:44 p.m. CST

    The Return of RobinP - the voice of reason.

    by RobinP

    (And if I'm the voice of reason, we're all in deep, deep shit). Okay, back to talkback, I've been committed to other stuff for a little while, overworked, underpaid, yadda yadda...anyhow, I log on, after a short absence - and find.....this. Yup, looks like this sucks, huh ? Anybody else in the room old enough to remember how long and hard we moaned, groaned, pissed & whined when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman 16 years ago ? As I remember it, we were wrong. Maybe this can work, who knows ? Let's wait and see and save the hatred for something actually worth hating.

  • July 16, 2004, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I read Green Lantern...

    by Macstone

    and I like Jack Black, but I won't spend money on this.

  • July 16, 2004, 5:17 p.m. CST

    If this doesn't outrage you it is a flaw in your character.

    by IndustryKiller

    This is a great way to ensure that I will pirate every Jack Black movie before it comes out and show it to all my friends so they don't go see it in theaters. Warner Bros. has crossed a line by such a vast amount nothing will ever repair it. Nothing. If there are any crazy people out there I implore you to go on a shooting rampage through the head offices of the WB. Right now. Please. If you try to justify this you hate comic books and films. Plain and simple. Studios seem t think Jack Black is as talented as Jim Carrey. he isn't. Not even close. He's not even on Will Farrell's level. This better not happen.

  • July 16, 2004, 5:19 p.m. CST

    "Warner Bros. We love crap as much as you do."

    by mbaker

    Is it just me, or dose Warner Bros. have absolutely no respect for DC comics? I'm surprised they haven't fired Bruce Timm yet! It seems as if Warner Bros. would rather make more "Harry Potter", Scooby-Doo", or "Olsen Twin" garbage than make money of their DC properties! I think we need someone to make vicious parodys of Potter, Scooby, and The Olsens that tear them apart mercilessly! (Imagin Scooby & the gang as dope pushers, Harry Potter as a gangsta wizzard, and The Olsens as skeletons) Just to send them a message that we're sick, and tired of their formulaic garbage, and demand that they give us something better! Let's see these fuckers put that in their crack pipe, and smoe it! What's that, your afraid that someone will ruin the "good name" of Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo, and The Olsen Twins? ("Good name"? HAH!Like they ever had one!) Then look what you've just done to "Catwoman"!! You think us comic book fans will just simply accept these alterations that you've made to the character? HELL NO!!! It looks like Michael Eisner isn't the only corrupt leader running a Hollywood studio. The idiot who currently runs Warner Bros. (Whoever he may be) is just as bad as Eisner. Seriously, Warner Bros. is the text book definition for badly run studios. If you see a bad movie at the theater,warn a brother! If it weren't for the "Looney Tunes Gold Collection", or "Batman: TAS Vol.One", i wouldn't be giving my hard earned cash to these fuckers!!

  • July 16, 2004, 5:27 p.m. CST

    So moviemack, what exactly is your idea of a good Batman movie?

    by The Real McCoy

    You've seen what? A couple of stills and a fake script review? ARE YOU EVEN A BATMAN FAN? Or are you just one of these whiny fanboys that bitch about EVERYTHING. I bet you didn't like Batman's nose, right? Did you bitch and moan to your imaginary girlfriend for hours about how Christian Bale's hair isn't dark enough to be Bruce Wayne's? Let me guess. You hate Christopher Nolan and resent the fact that he made an inferior remake of a great film. Am I getting close? We're all fanboys here but that doesn't mean you gotta be a fucking naysayer all the time. Look, I don't like EVERYTHING about Batman Begins but you don't see me screaming the sky is falling. Chill the fuck out!

  • July 16, 2004, 5:28 p.m. CST

    An easy deconstruction of the CHUD argument.

    by IndustryKiller

    It's a DC comic book, they all have spotty histories you fucking moron! Look at Superman for god sakes. Does that mean we should get a Superman film starring Ryan Stiles as the gosh darn clumsiest Superman in history? When a comic book goes on for like 50 years things periodically get fucked up, that doesn't mean the character has any less potential and comic book films should ALWAYS seek to exploit the potential of what is already there on the page. Not reinvent it under the image of some pathetic producer.

  • July 16, 2004, 5:47 p.m. CST

    THIS HAS TO STOP NOW!

    by The Beast

    Look, this is absolutely ridiculous. We let them get away with this crappy Catwoman crap, we CAN'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS. Where's the guy who took out full page, full color ads to start a legion, to bring back Hal Jordan and the corps?! He better get on the ball here. How much more Zaney can the Mask be, that it's up to Jack Black and his FAT UGLY ASS to try and top it?! He doesn't care about the carachter at all, he doesn't care about us fans at all, and he doesn't take anything except his stupid band seriously, and even that is a joke in it's self. Let's do whatever we have to do to stop this. I actually had a plan for a GL trilogy... and I'm sure any retard has a better idea for one than Jack Black. Way to top Marvel guys. D.C., you just ruined yourselves. There is life outside of Superman and Batman. Green Lantern has the potential to be great, so do something great! Even if you gave the script duties to Paul Dini and Bruce Timm... ANYTHING but this. I'm gonna go get drunk now. Thanks for nothing D.C.

  • I like Jack Black. I love the Green Lantern. But I do not like Jack Black as Kyle Rayner, Hal Jordan, or whomever else the WB is going to plug into the role. This may seem like a title ripe for camp treatment to some idiot at the studio but this is a title beloved by a lot of readers - including myself. And this is NOT the right way for this to go to the screen. Heck - I don't even know if the Lantern should be on the screen at this point. This is A BAD, BAD, BAD, idea

  • July 16, 2004, 5:59 p.m. CST

    This is what all you guys who ride Jack Black

    by Mosquito March

  • July 16, 2004, 6:01 p.m. CST

    This is what all you guys get for riding Jack Black's jock, all

    by Mosquito March

    If you assist one-note freaks like Black in their rise to fame by buying tickets to their stupid movies, this is what comes of it. Just watch - Will Ferrell will fuck up the next DC movie.

  • July 16, 2004, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I hope Jack Black is playing G'Nort.

    by riskebiz

    I know it's Kyle Rayner he's portraying, but G'Nort would be funnier. They must be going for a Keith Giffen JLA approach to the movie. I wish it were a serious Green Lantern with Hal Jordan vs. Sinestro and I'm disappointed GL is being wasted on a Jack Black comedy. I wish Jack Black was cool enough to tell Warner to go f**k themselves for even suggesting the idea instead of signing the dotted line. <sigh> How cool would it have been with someone like Viggo Mortenson as Hal Jordan, Pierce Brosnan as Sinestro and Bill Paxton as Guy Gardner in all his Chet-like glory? Jack Black can play G'Nort in that version of Green Lantern.

  • I can't say any more because someone else at another movie site said it better then I ever could.Just go check out the site that shares its name with the acronym for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers and get over yourself.

  • July 16, 2004, 6:22 p.m. CST

    It must be GREEN LANTERN: THE LATER YEARS when GL lets himself g

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • July 16, 2004, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah...this'll be worse than Catwoman.

    by WesReviews

    How depressing. This was my most-anticipated D.C. Comics movie...until now.

  • July 16, 2004, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros. must really love to fuck themselves in the ass...

    by Red Raider

    They have found more ways to royally fuck up & squander the D.C. franchise and those timeless superheroes that it consists of. First Superman gets locked in a never ending development hell(suit in a can, anyone?!), then the son-to-be-released clusterfuck that is Catwoman, and now this greenlit abomination. What's next, WB? fucking assholes... ___________________________ Props to Marvel Entertainment. Warner Bros. is an abortion of a studio, run by talentless chimps.

  • July 16, 2004, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Jack Black as GL

    by Jayfort

    Having Jack Black star as a "zany" version of Green Lantern is like having a reality series named "Gilligan's Island". Oh, wait. The WB is doing that one, too. (Check their website.) There is an online petition to request WB Entertainment to halt this project as it is proposed. The site is at: http://www.petitiononline.com/GLantern/petition.html

  • July 16, 2004, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I have a different opinion...

    by Deagle2

    Wait...no I don't. This idea licks balls.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Finally, a reason to hate Jack Black!

    by HURM

    C'mon, we all knew from the beginning that he was gonna overstay his welcome...

  • That's right, you white trash lardass!!! We don't need to see your fat fucking face on the big screen anymore... so loooong!

  • July 16, 2004, 8 p.m. CST

    "rich mythology ...of the various GREEN LANTERN titles."?

    by logofdoom

    "they just have to sit back and watch it happen along with fans of the character and the rich mythology that has been established over the long run of the various GREEN LANTERN titles." Are you high? Rich mythology? there are exactly 26 hardcore Green Lantern fans on the planet and all of them are talkbackers. NO ONE else gives a crap what they do to this character. Make a gritty drama where the Lantern is a super prostitute struggling on the streets of L.A. or make him the fifth teletubby, NO ONE CARES. Is this movie a bad idea? Probably, but not because the sacred backstory(s) of the Green Lantern may be tampered with. It's likely a bad idea because The Mask has already been made and more importantly, the Geen Lantern is the worst comic superhero in history with the possible acception of Captain Planet.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Haven't posted for ages, however:

    by Longfellow

    Hal Jordan: Mel Gibson John Stewart: Delroy Lindo Guy Gardener: Denis Leary Kyle Rayner: some cunt or other - too drunk to think.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Ambush Bug

    by Skraggo

    I think the character they're looking for is Ambush Bug. Not to be played by Jack Black of course, but if Warner Bros. wants a "zany" comic character in the vein of The Mask.... it's NOT Green Lantern. It's Irwin Schwab. I have never seen a company as clueless about how to handle their properties as WB. And this pains me, because in my comic book reading days, I was a DC guy. It is clear to me now, though, that the chances of ever getting a decent movie made from any of the DC stuff pretty much died after the closing credits of "Superman II" rolled. We can all cross our fingers about "Batman Begins," but let's be real... We're only asking for heartbreak. I've tried to imagine the evolution of this awful "Green Lantern" concept and cannot do it sober. I pray that God and the Baby Jesus will smite this project down. Smite it, O Lord. Smite it reeealll good.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:29 p.m. CST

    this is gonna suck shit through a straw!!!

    by Snake Pliskin

  • July 16, 2004, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Fuck Harry, fuck this site.

    by JHulkH

    It really amazes me that no one stopped to remember the fact that NOTHING THAT'S REPORTED AS AN "EXCLUSIVE" ON THIS SITE IS EVER TRUE. The reason why no one else broke this news is probably because it's bullshit. When was the last time this site posted a so-called "exclusive" that it WASN'T proven to be false? Jesus, they've had enough false starts (Or, as I like to call them, "journalistic failures") on the site dealing with BATMAN BEGINS alone! I'm not believing this until I see it on another site regarded as a fact. SuperHeroHype posted something dealing with this earlier, but prefaced it with the fact that this was only reported by AICN. So remember the fact that Harry's fact-checking skills are shit before making bullshit claims like "JACK BLACK DOESN'T CARE ABOUT GREEN LANTERN FANS", "I'M GOING TO BOYCOTT THIS MOVIE", or "THE WB SUITS ARE RETARDED." After all, researching leads might take Harry's time away from promoting God-fucking-awful movies like Napoleon Dynamite and Shaun of the Dead.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Too faggy, huh?

    by mbaker

    So the powers that be at Warner Bros. think that Green Lantern's power ring is "too faggy"? Well, let's tell the retards at Warner Bros. that "Batman Forever" was too faggy! Let's tell them that "Batman & Robin" was too faggy! Let's tell them that "Harry Potter" is too faggy! Let's tell them that "Scooby-Doo" is too faggy! Let's tell them that Olsen Twin movbies are too faggy! Let's tell them that "A Cinderella Story" is to faggy! (Or as another poster puts it,"Dufftastic")And let's also tell them that "Catwoman" will be too faggy! An yet these monkeys continue scratch their head, and wonder why "Spider-Man 2" is raking in the dough!Wait a minute, This is Warner Bros, the same studio that released a "Spider" movie called "Eight Legged Freaks",(Wasen't that movie too faggy?) and yet they want to put a giant spider in a "Superman" movie! Now that's faggy!

  • July 16, 2004, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Just when you thought they finally woke up

    by xcalibar25

    And to think I was given new hope for the WB's treatment of DC Comics' properties with McG's leaving Superman. This announcement shows that the studio still has no clue how to treat it's properties (and has little imagination when they do) and that Jack Black really has no clue about the character... If he did, you'd think he would not agreee to do the film. Boo, WB.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:29 p.m. CST

    silly idea.They should get.....

    by proper

    Bernie Mack as at the very least his hairstyle is a nice tribute to Guy Gardner.WB like to learn the hard way don't they.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Maybe they meant he'd play Green Lantern's pal, DOIBY DICKLES!

    by JustinSane

    "Dey calls me dat on accounta' I yam never wit'out me doiby."

  • July 16, 2004, 9:55 p.m. CST

    START A PETITION!!! PLEASE!!

    by kalel62

    Why don't we start a petition like was done with Superman (it seems that one worked OK). We can't let something like this just happen! Is this the WB's response to Spider-Man??? How pathetic! The WB has such a great line of heroes if they would just do the damn movies right!!

  • July 16, 2004, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern Movie Petition!!

    by Spiked

    Here's the petition link! PLEASE SIGN IT!! http://www.petitiononline.com/glmovie/petition.html

  • July 16, 2004, 10:11 p.m. CST

    There's TWO Petitions!

    by Spiked

    Looks like there are two petitions!

  • July 16, 2004, 10:23 p.m. CST

    WAKE UP PEOPLE.....

    by payton 34

    The studios don't give a shit about the fans of these characters or even if the movies are good. All they care about is making money and you all know, love it or hate it, you are all going to go and see it.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:43 p.m. CST

    When Batman Begins makes over 400 million worldwide, WB is going

    by Rant Breath

    "Waitaminute, you mean we could've made a billion dollar franchise out of the Green Lantern by making it an epic sci-fi movie instead of making it a forgettable, dopey comedy?" Yes dumbasses, your burning stacks of cash money. Just as others have suggested, this would be like making the Lord of the Rings a musical starring Clay Akin instead of an epic. The ONLY way to save this film project with Jack Black as the star, would be to let Spike Jonze direct it as a trippy-action-dramedy. Spike Jonze would at least make it some thing unique and strange. Its about time Spike Jonze did a superhero film anyways.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:48 p.m. CST

    GL the DC wipping Bitch

    by sculary

    Knowels you prick...stop spreading fales X-clusives. Why don't you come down from your aunt May's attic you prematur-ejac.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:19 p.m. CST

    DON'T JUST COMPLAIN - STAND UP AND BE HEARD! HERE IS EVERY WB P

    by Kon-El

    The ones toward the bottom connect to the higher ups. I dug these up when Moriarty broke Abrams' Superman script. Here goes: 818-954-6000; 818-977-8800; 818-954-7667; 818-954-2246; 818-954-6277; 818-954-6513; 818-954-3905. How's bout we not just whine this time - let's do something.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:32 p.m. CST

    GL

    by King Vulture

    maybe they're going back to the Alan Scott version and Black will play Doiby Dickles.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:33 p.m. CST

    green quinlan

    by hank quinlan

    I wanna say I care. I just don't. Sorry to all the GL fans. I think the property would be too hard to make anyway. Maybe I just dont know enough to be interested. Just like I don't care about Iron Man. But I DO think it is indicative of the kind of thinking that killed WB's hero franchises in the first place. I mean really...Spider Man is "bigger then Jesus" right now and you whip this out. Still look at Marvel fuck up FF. Maybe Batman will show them but I doubt it.

  • July 17, 2004, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Plastic Man

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • July 17, 2004, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Plastic Man

    by Crimson Dynamo

    There's your zany DC comedy, Plastic Man

  • July 17, 2004, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I can see how it *might* work. I mean, there's different Green L

    by truthseekr1488

    while the "real" GL is off in another dimension or something. The Guardians don't _really_ want Black to be the GL, but for some reason they can't do anything about it at the time. Black is sort of this Greatest-American-Hero type, bumbling away with powers he doesn't know how to control. Meanwhile, the Guardians watch and wince at his shenanigans along with the audience.

  • July 17, 2004, 12:17 a.m. CST

    I bet Halle and Jack are hanging out tonight with Lil Bow Wow.

    by Judge Briggs

  • July 17, 2004, 12:37 a.m. CST

    DC sucks anyways

    by Voltron Lions

    Apparently the executive who greenlit "Steel" didn't get fired

  • July 17, 2004, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Green Lantern an A

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Not that it really matters if they want to change it, I suppose. Though, aren't super heroes suppose to look like super heroes? I don't care what kind of latex or spandex costume you put on Jack Black, he's still going to look pudgy and flabby. At least Michael Keaton was thin enough to be believable. Maybe WB sees this as sort of a live action version of The Incredibles.

  • July 17, 2004, 12:49 a.m. CST

    LawrenceHugsNuts

    by Mosquito March

    Should you have just diverted so much of your valuable time from your obviously prosperous and frutiful life by typing "GET A LIFE" over and over again? Couldn't you have found something better to do?

  • July 17, 2004, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I really really really fucking hate Warners now!

    by Eternal_Newbie

    honestly folks, first the fuck up batman (which they might actually fix), then catwoman, then superman, now green lantern....FOR FUCKS SAKE LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING YOU IGNORANT BASTARDS!

  • July 17, 2004, 1:13 a.m. CST

    JACK BLACK as GREEN LANTERN

    by AMITY8

    This is my first post. Now, as this is really news to me and I love the Gtrrn lantern property... I must say that this casting although unconventional gives me the same gut reaction as the casting of Michael Keaton in 88 as BATMAN. If jack Black bulks up and slims down, who knows. Although I must admit that Warner Brothers can't make a good superhero film to save their lives. The last really good one was in 78. Bring back Donner

  • July 17, 2004, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Abrams/Peters Superman, HalleCat, and now Wacky Jack Black GL...

    by KingKrypton

    GREEN LANTERN is the one comic book that could actually give rise to greatest sci-fi/fantasy movie ever made, the one that sets standards so high that they'd never be equaled. I mean, a sci-fi inversion of LORD OF THE RINGS where a ring with limitless magic powers is a force for good, used by a raw, gutsy fighter pilot to protect not just the world, but the entire universe from a tyrant who wants the power for himself? Come on, you can't get much better than that. Just the first film alone would be packed with so much sci-fi eye candy, wild characters, and blistering action that the marketing details would write themselves. The story is THAT strong. Instead you piss on it by playing it for camp value and casting a no-talent jackass who isn't even fit for SNL. Do you enjoy making flops?

  • July 17, 2004, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Jack Black as GL is about as STUPID as casting Michael Keaton as

    by Uncle Stan

    Fuck anyone who says "but Keaton ruled, man." Keaton sucked dust out of Charlton Heston's nuts. Don Knotts could have done a better job. You stupid fuck Keaton fans will eat anything they put on your plates. "Pauley Shore as Dr. Doom?! BRILLIANT!!"

  • July 17, 2004, 1:30 a.m. CST

    10 bucks says after the junket moriarty will be proclaiming this

    by logofdoom

    just watch.

  • July 17, 2004, 1:32 a.m. CST

    RIP Kenny Baker (1934 - 2004)

    by Mosquito March

  • July 17, 2004, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Further casting

    by proper

    Omar(I need craps for my table) Sharif as Sinestro,mini me as blue guardian 1,rob(durpotron 5000)schenieder as g'nort and Sean Connery as Kilowog.And also, watch for the flying dance/rock number involving a green guitar,Fireworks(green) and a bunch of green flowers.Poor R2D2 '-/.

  • July 17, 2004, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I smell another CATWOMAN-like turd on the horizon thanks to the

    by StoneMonkey

    Perhaps Jack Black could play a member of the GL council elders and be shrunk down ala LOTR's hobbits and Dennis Quaid could play pre-Spectre Hal Jordan.

  • July 17, 2004, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Kenny Baker died!? The hits just keep on comin'...

    by IndustryKiller

    That is seriously sad news. Well at least we have his work in Episode 3 to look forward to.

  • July 17, 2004, 2:45 a.m. CST

    The Green Jelly-filled Lantern

    by charismasangel

    Apropos Jack Black and his girth, this may be a comedic adaptation, but he should hit the gym. It's past due time.

  • July 17, 2004, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Jesus fuck, I was one of the first ones on here to post in every

    by TheMatarife

    I offically retract my invite, jesus fuck WB is insane, are they out to ruin all their good properties except for Batman? Not that my invition matters because the internet is SERIOUS BUISNESS (sarcasm), but jesus just the mere thought I might have even asked for a monstrosity like this to be created makes me throw up a little in my mouth. This has got to be one of the top project ever that needed a good old fan outrage sinking. If the internet and conventions can do it to Superman, please god let it happen to this.

  • July 17, 2004, 4 a.m. CST

    go ahead start your little petition(s).....

    by payton 34

    Like it will make a fucking difference.

  • July 17, 2004, 4:01 a.m. CST

    HAL JORDAN IS NOT A JOKE!

    by none2525

    Whilst I loved JB in all his other movies, fuck him as the green lantern! this is a serious role.

  • July 17, 2004, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Hey this sounds like it could work.

    by Tall_Boy

    A sci-fi comedy epic? Why the hell not, eh? The Superhero genre has reached its peak. Time for the parody phase ALA SCREAM and the teen slasher genre. And then in a few years someone will come along and reinvent the genre all over again.

  • July 17, 2004, 4:54 a.m. CST

    He may not be as big as Batman or Superman, but Green Lantern ai

    by mwhelan67

    Among true comic book geeks, the Lantern's are near the top. This, if it's for real, is gonna piss more people off than Catwoman, Dare Devil, Punisher and the Hulk combined.

  • July 17, 2004, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Jack Black Would Make a Great Ambush Bug

    by ShutUpRob

    If they're really *that* desperate to have Jack Black play something resembling a superhero, then the metafictional world of Irwin Schwab would suit the lead singer of the metafictional Tenacious D just fine. So, Warner Brothers, you have nothing to lose but your stupidity by steering Black away from GL to a role that actually suits him.

  • July 17, 2004, 5:14 a.m. CST

    When CINO tanks, WB will rethink GL, and altering it's 20 plus y

    by The Founder

  • Let me preface this by urging you not to mock me for comparing "Green Lantern" to "I, Robot." I'm not here to debate which is the more significant piece of literature. But, just as 'I, Robot' was given the works in order to be more accessible to the "general public," probably because Hollywood thinks its general public is too stupid to watch a summer movie about robots that lacked action, this Green Lantern adaptation won't even try to sell its public on the "comic-booky" thing. Instead, they'll laugh *with* them! All the way to the bank! Ha ha! In the meantime, the joke's on us.

  • July 17, 2004, 6:53 a.m. CST

    honestly, what choice is there? the character is so ridiculous

    by logofdoom

    make a serious GL movie? I'd be easier to make garfield the lead in a film noir detective story.

  • July 17, 2004, 7:11 a.m. CST

    It could work - but it would be a tough pitch

    by TempleMount

    I can actually see how a Jack Black GL film might work. Imagine it's when Hal is called away and Guy Gardiner is plucked out of obsurity to handle the ring - Coz he's too layed back to be scared. You have an older Alan Scott kicking around to "teach" the slacker how to be a GL - plenty of laugh a minute material there. But still have Hal and the rest of the Corps part of the set up to serious it up at the end. And am I the only person who thinks that Adam Sadler could play Kyle ? However despite all this FF as a comedy ? WTF ?

  • July 17, 2004, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Only one thing to do, folks - Punish Warners...

    by Johnny Ahab

    ...by staying away from "Catwoman". Now I know, most of the people on the boards know this is a steaming turd. But I know lots of folks who can't wait to see this after a few beers to hoot and holler at what's destined to be a train wreck of epic proportions. So to all the folks who are tempted to go, DON'T. Or if you must, buy a ticket for "SPIDER-MAN 2" then sneak in to "CATWOMAN". Reward Marvel/Raimi/Columbia for doing it right, punish the WB. You vote with your dollars, folks -- that's all that matters in Hollywood. And if Spidey 2 keeps smashing the box office and Catwoman tanks, that will send the biggest message of all to WB's cadre of talentless assholes.

  • July 17, 2004, 8:18 a.m. CST

    How the fuck can you imagine Superman but not Green Lantern? Le

    by Darksider

    And while we're at it, let's make CRISIS ON THE INFINITE EARTHS a zany comedy too. "It's a comic book. It can't be serious." SHUT THE FUCK UP. Lord of the Rings had fucking BARE-FOOTED MIDGETS and TALKING TREES and they made a serious movie out of that! What the hell is wrong with people?

  • July 17, 2004, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I like Jack, but....

    by ManosTHOF

    ...can you really see Jack getting the piss beaten out of him by Mongul, only to shout out, "You hit like a little girl, loooooser!" and then do a jig or something. "Zany superhero comedies" rarely work. Blankman, Mystery Men anyone?

  • July 17, 2004, 9:29 a.m. CST

    How can live action GL not be funny?

    by snoopius

    I mean, he's either shooting green beams or making a green giant fist 95% of the time. Bad guy running away? Put a green brick wall in his path. Bad guy killed his girlfriend? Strap him into a green electric chair. If you show something like this as live action, of course audiences are gonna be cracking up. So there's no way for a live action GL to work except as camp.

  • July 17, 2004, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Green Lanturn 101

    by brushwood

    There have been several versions since the 1940s, all have this basic concept in common: bloke finds or is given a "power battery" shaped like a lantern. This lantern channels an alien (green) energy, its nature either magical or ultra high tech or both. The energy is focused through a ring - its user can do almost anything with the green energy, limited only by his imagination and willpower to keep it up. It can shoot force beams, create solid objects, bend the laws of physics, enable flight, etc, etc. The concept was refined in the 60s to include the "Guardians of the Universe", aliens who created an intergalactic police force of Green Lanterns on various worlds, including Earth. Most people's favorite version was the 60s Hal Jordan, a Right Stuff style test pilot who argued with the Guardians and hobnobbed with wacky alien GLs. The current Justice League cartoon features John Stewart, a military sorta guy with ties to Jordan.

  • July 17, 2004, 11:11 a.m. CST

    BladeRunnerUnit

    by Immortal_Fish

    Think of GL as an intergalactic police force and you have the general premise. Hollowood is out of ideas for the most part. This could have been innovative given the chance. - - - - - - Damn that MTV. This was bound to happen after the lardass managed to squeeze himself into the Spidey suit. Stern's Fartman would have been funnier than Shallow Hal Jordan. Hell, so would remaking Pumaman. The only thing I can think of tying JB and a superhero premise together is Dial H for H.E.R.O. - - - - - - Just as Disney has killed and continues to kill chances for adult animation, the 60's Batman TV show killed any chance for serious superhero flicks for decades. This is the beginning of the end of the resurgance. Worst of all, it's a shame that WB is pissing away another shot at a minority superhero. - - - - - - When are Jack Black's five minutes going to be up anyhow? The sooner he gets back to the D the better. He was funny and much more tolerable there.

  • July 17, 2004, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins

    by Aetius450

    What Batman Begins has going for it is a great cast, especially the perfect casting of Christian Bale who blows away Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney, and was miles ahead of his competitors for the role including runner-up Jake Gyllenhall. Bale is a talented actor capable of the intensity needed for the part, plus he passes the 'could he kick my ass' test. The other cast members are also excellent, as is the director who at least has his heart in the right place. What it has going against it is a script, that while not nearly as bad as the preceding poster claims, could certainly be better. SPOILER ALERT: Having Bruce offer to give up being Batman at the end for his girlfriend is crap and totally out of character. The dialogue in particular between these two is weak. Also, for an origin story the script gives very little insight into his physical training, and almost none into his mental preparation. BUT; it is overall a lot better than what has come before it, including Burton's overrated films that were just as guilty as Schumacher in shortchanging Batman/Bruce Wayne in favor of focusing on increasingly crappy villains. As to the criticism about not using an iconic villain in the restart; well, I think that's a good idea. First of all, it makes it easier to focus on Batman, and secondly most of them were used up and wasted by Burton and Schumacher. Hopefully BEGINS will be a huge success and then they can recreate the Joker in the second one as the truly frightening psychopath that he is. Potentially bad is the new Batsuit, which appears to be another form of body armor. I get it that in reality a vigilante would probably need proetection from bullets over agility, but damnit with Bale you have someone who doesn't need fake muscles. But I hold out hope that it provides more flexibility than the other Batfilm suits. The new Batmobile, however, is good. But anyway, one just has to accept it that it is nearly impossible to get a perfect adaptation of a character that has been reimagined so many times. One can only hope for what is likely the best possible outcome liek what has happened with Spiderman. As such, BATMAN BEGINS has more going for it than against it, and I am cautiously optimistic.

  • July 17, 2004, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins

    by Aetius450

    And of course the leaked script was only the first, unpolished draft. Nolan reworked it himself, so it probably got better.

  • July 17, 2004, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Simple Solution ***READ THIS***

    by Macstone

    The solution to not having this movie made is SO simple that it's right under our noses. The best way for us to show WB that they can't mess with the characters that we have come to know and love lies with "Catwoman". #1 Don't go see it at the movies, don't rent the DVD, and don't buy it. #2 Tell everyone you know the same. Go on as many websites as you can and boycott it on the message boards. Trust me, WB knows we're upset about this new Catwoman; just as they probably have already heard that we're upset about GL. Catwoman's the key people. Don't spend your money on it and maybe they'll stop and think better of GL.

  • July 17, 2004, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!

    by Spears777

    That's what you get for messing with Kyle Rayner. Take that, HEAT. :D

  • July 17, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Who's Running Warner Brothers?

    by Darth_Kaos

    Just when I thought things were looking up with the departure of that awful McG on Superman, and the replacement of the great Bryan Singer, I hear this crap! Jack Black in a Mask styled Green Lantern Movie? What the fuck is going on at Warner Brothers. I've never heard such a shitty idea; well

  • July 17, 2004, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros... HERE'S HOW YOU DO "GREEN LANTERN" RIGHT: Hire ac

    by JDanielP

    ......................................................................................................................You know, I never swear on here ... but can SOMEBODY tell certain Warner Bros. people to pull their head out of their asses?!!!

  • July 17, 2004, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Moviemack

    by Aetius450

    You did a good job of responding to things I didn't say. If you're going to respond then at least read what is actually said. If you think expressing hope that a director who has proven himself in the past will improve upon an already-decent script makes one a cult-like follower of that director, then you're an idiot. At no point did I say that a great cast equals a great movie. At no point did I say that Batman Begins will be great. Anyone reading what I said who comes away thinking me some type of gusher or blind follower of Nolan would be, again, an idiot. As to the script; I don't know for a fact that Nolan reworked the script. It was said by one of the people involved in the production. I don't remember if it was Nolan himself, or Goyer, or a producer; but I don't see why they'd lie about it when the overall reaction to the leaked script seems to be more positive than negative. As for George Lucas; please be more specific. What vice of the Prequel-era Lucas do you refer to? Overuse of CGI? Not likely. Using what he claims to be 1930s style theatrical acting? I doubt it. Writing dialogue he claims to know will alienate people? Again, I don't think so. Neglecting story? Well that must be it, but I'll reserve judgment instead of simply taking your word for it. As to casting specifically; Most people don't even know who this Ra guy is. To the public he will be a blank slate, and to fans it will be insignificant next to other elements of the film. And at least Neeson is a good actor capable of pulling off the action scenes. And overall the cast is excellent. Do you have a problem with Bale? Or Oldman? Or Freeman? (I guess they could have gotten someone hotter than Katie Holmes, but oh well) And Caine; well you're the first person I've heard complain about that one. I also didn't engage in listing some dream list of future cast members. The only comparison I made was with Bale to Gyllenhall and his predecessors; and yes I'd take Bale over all of them. As to Donner's Superman: Yeah, it was good, but not perfect. Clark was too much of a dork, and Gene Hackman's talents were wasted in a poorly written Lex Luthor role. Raimi's Spidermen: First one good, second one now probably the gold standard in this genre. Singer's X-Men; overrated, especially the second one. Burton's Batman: like Singer's X-Men they're both overrated.

  • July 17, 2004, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Talkbacker "Desk" (as he calls himself) ... I just wanted to say

    by JDanielP

  • July 17, 2004, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Incredibles ripoff

    by clark_kent

    I agree with the comment above that this is most likely a ripoff of THE INCREDIBLES. How original. The sad thing is, the fat stuff is not funny (at least I don't think so). The only thing that has me going about the INCREDIBLES trailer is the real action hero stuff. Overweight hero, who really cares?

  • July 17, 2004, 2:33 p.m. CST

    WB Punishes You For Dissing "Catwoman"

    by Jervis Tetch

    Don't fuck with the big boys. This was just an example of what they can do to hurt you. Stay nice and quiet when "Catwoman" comes out and maybe they won't fuck with anymore of your comic superheroes. You have been warned.

  • July 17, 2004, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I Thought This Was a Joke.

    by CHEWBLACCA

    I saw this somewhere else and assumed it was a joke. Jeez, I can't believe that WB is this stupid.

  • July 17, 2004, 3:09 p.m. CST

    open your minds: has there ever been an epic sci-fi superhero co

    by Tall_Boy

    sure there's been lots of bad sci-fi you can laugh at, but I think its so friggn daffy it could almost work. totally understand where you're comming from. "WTF? This is fucking stupid. How the hell can they make it a joke, blah blah blah." But think about it, I can't name one but I'm pretty certain there's been a few one-shots / Elsewords comics where they've taken the Green Latern mythology and instead of Hal Jordan gets the ring, some worthless slob gets it and has to become a member of the Corps. And, if you throw aside everything about the history that you know about Green Lantern and the mythology ... it could be a really balsy move. There is alot of comedy potential to be mined in this idea. Maybe I'm not attached to it because I never really liked Green Lantern. I didn't really read the comics, and while he had a great storyline and premise, they never really did anything EPIC with it. Aside from the Hal-goes-insane storyline (that was badass, no matter what the purists think) nothing really grabed the intergalatic grandeur of it. And think of about it, it could be funny. Epic spaceship crash . . . "you are...the only chance for Humanity. Take my ring" and it friggin Jack "slob" Black. And he has to save the universe when all he really wants to do is smoke a joint and watch old Nirvana bootlegs. Alot (ok about 90% of people) may just groan at the prospect, but I think there's some good potential there. The only thing that would tick me off? If they named Jack Black's character "Hal Jordan". That would be just pissing all over the franchise. If you're gonna do it take the elseworld's route and name him something else. Green Lantern, to me, was never a hardcore superhero. And the backstory is a little goofy. I think it'd be great if they treated everything else in the movie, the Green Lantern corps, the aliens, the stakes, the galatic level of it and did it deadly serious. And in the middle you have this fuckin lazy fatass slob having to save the universe. Open your minds a bit, this could be the only sci-fi epic superhero comedy in the history of . . .well, anything.

  • July 17, 2004, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I hope the Wb execs get raped by jackhammers in front of their c

    by tile_mcgillus

    Fuck this is stupid. If you are going to do it, do it right. We ALL know the Mask 2 is going to bomb flat on it fucking face. After that WB might wise up....wait this is the same studio that made Batman & Robin and Catwoman....fuck we are screwed!

  • July 17, 2004, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I'm sick of this Moviemack fuck, so I once again offer the BATMA

    by Mosquito March

    Just email me, you'll get a copy of the first draft in question.

  • July 17, 2004, 4:57 p.m. CST

    To sum up so far...

    by Voice O. Reason

    The two schools of thought on this article are (1) Green Lantern is not a comedic character and this new version with Jack Black is doomed to failure, and (2) Green Lantern (and comic books in general) sucks anyways so who cares what they do with his movie? In my opinion, the people who argue for the first school are actual fans of the comic genre who respect its rich history and tradition, and have enjoyed many (but not all) of the recent string of films aimed at us. The people who argue for the second are, in my opinion, just as big of geeks as the first group, except they think its cool to appear to be irreverent just for the sake of being irreverent, and tend to mistake obnoxiousness for true wit. SHAME ON YOU! The fight to keep Green Lantern truer to the comics is not just about movie, but about respect for source material that will be remembered far, far longer than any individual movie will!

  • July 17, 2004, 5:22 p.m. CST

    jack black as doiby dickles!!!!

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    c'mon hollywood get this shit right. bruce campbell as green lantern would be more appropriate.

  • July 17, 2004, 6:04 p.m. CST

    you can respect the original if the Latern Corps are taken serio

    by Tall_Boy

    that is the comedy in there. Like I said before, make the Lantern Corps deadly serious, even stuck up. So they butt heats with a slob who has to be defender of the galaxy. And he eventually has to grow up to do it. C'mon lighten up, it could be funny. I don't think Green Lantern is a holy grail of comics. Its not the freakin WATCHMEN or DARK KNIGHT RETURNS you know. Not everything has to be deadly serious. Take a chance kids and lighten up.

  • July 17, 2004, 6:54 p.m. CST

    BLACK LANTERN

    by TomVee

    I was borin in 1950 and was reading comics in the late 50s and throughout the 60s, so Hal Jordan will always be the Green Lantern for me. Just as Barry what's his name will always be the Flash. Do I think Jack Black playing GL is a bad thing? Not necessarily. Black can act. And a comedic touch is not the worst thing for this character. Black will need to lose some weight and cut his hair, however.

  • July 17, 2004, 7:53 p.m. CST

    JACK BLACK + GUY GARDNER = PERFECT

    by grandmasterbator

    do u guys realize how lame a character GL is in the first place. hal jordan, kyle raner, or john stewert have nooo personality. personally, if GL were to be made, it should be an all out special effects extravaganza with humour, AND JACK BLACK would be the PERFECT GUY GARDENER!!!! imagine him with the bad haircut and the bad guy gardner physique and most importantly the bad guy gardner attitude .... its going to be funny and entertaining ... and thats more then enough to hope for with character with unappealing personality like GL .........

  • July 17, 2004, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Moviemack, you are an uniformed, gullible whiny fanboy

    by The Real McCoy

    Goyer has publicly stated that the "supposed scripts" in question are not his and his script is far superior. He said he believes some people have early drafts. Larry Holden(actor)even said that 99 percent of what you're hearing is bullshit. As far as Nolan rewriting the script, HE'S ON THE FUCKING CREDITS FOR SCREENPLAY!! Don't believe me? Check IMDB, asshole! Or how about this quote from a Goyer interview, "By negotiating to only do a first draft, with Nolan rewriting and revising from there" So even if you do have an official script it doesn't matter. Because yours doesn't have Nolan's revisions. Before you call the rest of us happy fanboys retards for anticipated a film we haven't even seen footage for, you might think about getting the facts straight. And by the way, Batman Year One just easn't feasible for a two hour film. And honestly, you have no clue as to how this film differs from that one anyway. Word of advice: SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH!! I didn't insult you until you insulted me. Mosquito March, man, I'm with you. And Ebonic Plague, I couldn't agree more

  • July 17, 2004, 8:22 p.m. CST

    "Comedic touch," TomVee?

    by Voice O. Reason

    I doubt they'll show that kind of restraint. They're going for slapstick if they cast Jack Black.

  • July 17, 2004, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The Mask vs. GL vs. Plastic Man

    by Calico Pete

    A sense of humor might not be a bad thing, as long as they don't turn GL into The Mask. Plastic Man... now there's WB's The Mask. Get Jim Carrey, make him Plastic Man and team him up with a pissed off Mr.-Furious-like Jack Black GL, then get the Green Lantern Corp in there as seriously goofy as they were in Duck Dodgers, throw Lobo into the mix, and come on, ya got a geek's dream! Just make sure you can get a good director to balance the absurd with the badass epic. David O. Russell perhaps? John Waters? Ivan Reitman? Oh, wait... George Lucas!! Nah. Get a HK director like Tsui Hark and you're in business.

  • July 17, 2004, 9:26 p.m. CST

    um......

    by Bourne GreyElf

    I wasn't aware green lantern was supposed to be a zany comedy...the only thing I know about green lantern is from the justice league cartoon, and hes a pretty cool character in that. but a zany comedy? I don't understand this guys....any way, I'd like to see a silver surfer movie.

  • July 17, 2004, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Green lantern

    by SID 8.0

    For the Love of God stop this before it starts. You did it with Superman now do it with this too. It will make negative dollars WB.

  • July 17, 2004, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Warner Brothers exectutives can't be THIS stupid...

    by LeFlambeur

    ...can they?

  • July 17, 2004, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy GL movie planned in the '80s?...

    by peachscience

    I can't remember if it was word-of-mouth or actually in a trade, but I remember hearing that Eddie Murphy was planning on starring in a Green Lantern film in the '80s. Can anyone shed more light on the subject?

  • Let the year of vitriol begin.

  • July 18, 2004, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Why can't someone with a concience purchase DC Comics from Warne

    by ZeroCorpse

    Will some rich SOB or corporation just PLEASE buy DC Comics from Warner Bros and treat it with respect? Stan Lee? Avi Arad? Sony? Hell, why doesn't Marvel buy DC Comics? At least we know Marvel can get a decent movie made from their material!

  • July 18, 2004, 2:43 a.m. CST

    If this is true, you can rest assured it will bomb as bad as Cat

    by FD Resurrected

    Assuming my prediction is true. JACK BLACK??!! This idiotic movie franchise have the mainstream appeal of that almost-direct-to-video bomb Envy. No wonder the execs are drunk.

  • July 18, 2004, 4:54 a.m. CST

    re the Kenny Baker R.I.P posts

    by RobinP

    Are these a hoax or what ? There's no mention of his passing anywhere else on the net that I've seen. Anybody out there care to elaborate ?

  • July 18, 2004, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Moviemack

    by Aetius450

    Part of me actually believes that you didn't read my original post because of your idiotic response to it. But the point remains; don't bother responding unless you actually read it, because when you do you end up sounding like a moron or some equivalent of a political idealogue who responds with some set stump speech chock full of talking points whether or not it is actually a relevant response. And yours was not.

  • July 18, 2004, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Aetius450 - I think Moviemack a.k.a Dumbass, is responding to

    by The Real McCoy

    Mine is just a few posts up from his response. In any case, you're still right about Moviemack. He IS a moron.

  • July 18, 2004, 4:12 p.m. CST

    BladeRunnerUnit

    by Darksider

    The rings used to be ineffective to the color yellow (to limit their power) and could not be used for personal gain (or else the Guardians would revoke the ring and imprison the user) and it had to be recharged when their power was low. The current and only? GL Kyle Rainer's ring has no weaknesses, he can do what he wants to with it, but he has to recharge it every 24 hours or so. So in terms of power it is only limited by the user's will power and imagination.

  • July 18, 2004, 4:28 p.m. CST

    WB just has to look at the Matrix.

    by Darksider

    Even if they didn't follow the continuity, it could go like the first Matrix. Guy gets a ring from a Guardian to guard Earth or gets it from a dying GL. The new GL could get training from the Guardians via the ring or he can spend a lot of the movie figuring it out. The rings can talk by the way. The villain(s) would be alien most likely trying to invade Earth and I'm sure they could find some good ones in the books. Anyone with a brain and some creativity could make this work. How are you going to make a francise on a zany Jack Black with a ring? Who's going to remember a GL comedy in 5 years? It's Catwoman all over. I wish I had $200 million to blow. Besides, the Mask is getting a sequel what, after like 10 years? And without Jim Carrey, the reason the movie was made to begin with. Oh yeah, big success.

  • July 18, 2004, 4:50 p.m. CST

    heh-heh..

    by Hypestyle

    well.. we'll see what happens.. hopefully it won't happen.. though it may just delay a GOOD GL movie for several more years..

  • July 18, 2004, 5:40 p.m. CST

    The Real McCoy

    by Aetius450

    That may be, but after my first post he posted a reply addressed to me in which he went on some rant that had almost nothing to do with what I actually said. That suggested to me that he didn't read it and thus shouldn't have responded, or that he did read it was simply incapable of understanding it, or that just wanted to take the chance to vent irregardless of wheter he read it or not.

  • July 18, 2004, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern

    by Azrael029

    To be honest,this is the biggest travesty in comic books history next to the old Captain America films. Green Lanter is an inspiring character that deserves more respect than this. This is disgusting. If this happens, I hope it flops and Jack Black drops it like a bad habit. He has NO RIGHT to mess up something that the fans enjoy. So unless he works out until he's blue in the face to fit thosee tights,he doesn't deserve to wear that ring. If he utters the famous GL chant, I will scream. I hope Warner gets it through their brain that Green Lantern is NOT a second teir character and sure as hell is not a character to mess with. He started the Justice League of America for God's sake! This picutre should be done by a fan of the material who knows the character inside and out, and can get people excited. Spider-Man 1 & 2 were done by Sam Raimi who loved the material and the character since childhood. We need a guy like that for Green Lantern. If anybody from Warner Brothers sees this post then tell your bosses that they need to talk to the FANS first before doing this movie. And here and now, I vote that all fans and even non-fans,but lovers of the Green Lantern comics and history boycott this film and that you let everyone around you know the truth about the character and who he REALLY is before people around you go see this film and then we'll see how Warner Bros likes it when they make zero dollars off of it.

  • July 18, 2004, 8:20 p.m. CST

    BOMB

    by cooper2000

    I can hear it crashing and burning as I write this. Do these Studio Executives have a brain in their head. I wont see any Superhero movie with Black as the main character,

  • July 18, 2004, 8:23 p.m. CST

    jesus h loving christ NO!!!!

    by Master_S*H*A*K*E

    What the blue balls of jesus mary and joseph are the WB thinking? The Mask sucked balls!!!! Zany, GL is not zany! this could have been the next epic comics movie, intergalactoic conflict, finding one's way in the universe, power and responsibility....what the hell are they thinking? It's not enough to completely ruin the Batman franchise (although Begins has potential), or just look at the debacle superman has become. I love Black, I love the D, but this movie MUST NOT be made. I just hope that some movue bankruots them, their head CEO dies in the arms of his favorite Thai hooker man-child, or some Hand of God type disaster befalls the studio, because this movie will suck donkey dick as bad as Catwoman (you know it will suck ass no matter how hot Halle Berry is). sorry, count me out on this one. Fuck the WB!

  • July 18, 2004, 9:42 p.m. CST

    JACK BLACK ? DOESN'T SOUND FUNNY...

    by el zar

    But he's got the physique of D-MAN ! I dunno

  • July 18, 2004, 10:02 p.m. CST

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!?!

    by ComicBookGeek77

    Holy shit. I can't believe my eyes. This is an all time low for Warner Bros. and for DC Comics. First of all I FUCKING hate Jack Black. He's a hack and he's overrated. Plus he's a fat fuck not fit to play a superhero....but oh, this is a comedy a la the mask. FUCK YOU Warnerbros. Oh my god I am so pissed right now. These coke snorting FUCKS are making a mockery of EVERY DC franchise they can get their greedy little mitts on. Dude, if DC were so inclined they could fight this tooth and nail, why would they just roll over and let these bigwig assholes SODOMIZE this beloved franchise, not even a reach around even?!? FUCK YOU WARNER BROS. and dare I say this, FUCK YOU DC! Right now DC comics are good and the movies should properly reflect this. These characters are iconic, Green Lantern is not supposed to be some fucking JOKE played tongue in cheek by this LARD-ASS unfunny nimrod Jack Black. I hate all of his movies. FUCK YOU JACK BLACK! Hell I'd rather see Kevin Smith play GL over this asshole.

  • July 18, 2004, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Re: peachscience

    by axelfoley

    I did hear something about Eddie Murphy wanting to get involved in a comic book movie years ago. According to a biography I read he was tapped for a possible Star Trek role. I don't remember if it mentioned 'Lantern' but maybe. I mean, coupled with the state of casting (Jack Black, what a crippling fucking blow to the livelihood of legitmate comic book adaptation choices) and the genre he leans upon in the choices of some of his films I wouldn't say that would never happen. BTW, this isn't a shot against Eddie Murphy. He's just not someone I'd like to see in a superhero movie.

  • July 18, 2004, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Did that actually say "capable hands of Laeta Kalogridis"?

    by St.Buggering

    This is the person who wrote "Birds of Prey". If that was anyone's idea of a great comics adaptation (anyone other than Laeta Kalogridis), then I'm Matter Eater Lad. If anything, Birds of Prey showed a fear of actually committing to the superhero concept, and tried to play it safe by going with the standard WB formula. Ick.

  • July 19, 2004, 12:45 a.m. CST

    re: Moviemack

    by Ribbons

    I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again: STOP spoiling certain details of 'Batman Begins' without putting up any spoiler warnings. Stop. I don't care if you feel like you have a right, nay, a responsibility to because the script is "that awful," it's unbelievably petty, and your deliberate ruination of the movie for a lot of hopefuls is despicable. It's not "obvious" from the pictures you reference, either, and you know it.

  • July 19, 2004, 12:56 a.m. CST

    some things to think about before you start believing this

    by BEARison Ford

    1) Jack Black starts filming king kong in late august. the shoot is lasting for about 6 months, which puts him back in the states around January/February. 2) he then starts shooting Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny immediately afterwards which will probably be a 2-3 month shoot or so at the most. This puts him up for supposedly shooting Green Lantern next summer. Does that fit AICN's timetable for this? 3) I dunno, knowing the guy, I have severe doubts that he'd actually do this considering he has a long pipeline of other very interesting projects in development after KK and the D movie, so until I see this in Variety or I hear it from JB i'm considering this BS.

  • July 19, 2004, 1:36 a.m. CST

    How about Owen Wilson as Green Arrow?

    by UnListedGreg

    Of course, remember they wanted Mr. Punked Ashton Kutcher to play either Batman or Superman. Maybe he'll sign on to play Kal-El now that the whole project's being revamped.Maybe the WB could even get that actor who played Hawkman for the KitKat commercials a few years back to reprise the role...Warner Brothers, why do you despise your fans so much, and treat them -- us -- with such open, seething contempt? You're the company that has forced snap cases for DVDs on us for years even when we made it clear we hated them...really, Warner, just exactly what the fuck is the matter with you people?

  • July 19, 2004, 3:11 p.m. CST

    John Waters nabs Sinestro role.

    by MissOgynist

    Good going, guy.

  • July 19, 2004, 11 p.m. CST

    Jack Black

    by WoodyStiffer

    Everyone knows Jack Black can pull of the green lantern when they see him punt the fuck out of a dog!

  • July 19, 2004, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see WB bring back Nuclear Man!

    by hoorayforeric

    I have always liked the Green Lantern (I never read the comics...like him in the old Superfriends animated show). But I've always hoped that WB would make a Green Lantern movie...it has a great storyline and they want to fuck it up with Jack Black and make it zany? Why not just make a zany comedy instead? Why fuck up The Green Lantern?

  • July 20, 2004, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Why, oh why?

    by Daredevil

    First off, as a couple people have pointed out, this COULD be a fairly good (but not great) movie if Black's character is a brand new Green Lantern who happens to be an average slob who accidentally ends up with a ring, while everything else (the Guardians and other GLs) is done seriously. That is if it had a terrific script and a good director. Highly unlikely. Meaning we are probably going to get a very poor movie. Let's face it, the best variation we're EVER going to see spoofing the Green Lantern Corps was the "Green Loontern" episode of Duck Dodgers. I'd almost guarantee the movie script isn't going to be nearly as good as the one for that 20 minute cartoon. Personally, the best way to do a GL movie is to give the ring to a character (I don't care if it's Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner as long as it's a Corps-era character) at the beginning then send them into space to fight some alien villain on another planet or meet the rest of the Corps on the planet Oa. Whatever they do, HAVE ALMOST THE WHOLE MOVIE TAKE PLACE SOMEWHERE BESIDES EARTH! That's the one thing that really sets Green Lantern apart from most superhero stories. Batman, Daredevil, Spider-Man and others defend a city. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Iron Man defend the Earth. A couple, such as Thor or Dr. Strange can go to wierd extra-dimensional planes. A Fantastic Four sequel could be set on another planet, but for a first movie you kind of want to see the characters adapting to the world with their new powers. There are only a couple high-profile superhero properties out there that could and should be done as galaxy traveling epic sci-fi: Silver Surfer and Green Lantern. Both of which are even different enough to be two different ends of the sci-fi spectrum. The Surfer would be a more introspective, philosophical, existential story, where Green Lantern would be like Star Trek/Star Wars except people are flying and shooting with super rings instead of starships. There really is no other property out there like it, and it would be a waste to just set it on Earth like every other superhero movie. As for costumes, they don't even have to be tights. If they go with a standard Corps uniform, it could look more like a military/police uniform (kind of like the leather X-Men suits in the movies) or if they decide to go with the eclectic mix of letting each GL create his own suit, you can have a wide variety, from some with tight fitting outfits, to something like Guy Gardner's clod stompers and vest. And for the person (I think it was Bladerunner) who asked what the weakness of the GL ring is, forget about wood or the color yellow (which are pretty silly, but they were concepts developed in the 40s and early 60s) No, the real weakness of the GL ring is all in the fact that it is controlled by the wielder's willpower. If you get too tired, or your concentration or confidence is broken, so are all the neat objects you create with the ring. Also they have to recharge the ring every so often (depending on the variation of the ring, the original rings had to be recharged every 24 hours. The current rings, like a cell phone, have a finite amount of power and must be recharged after it runs out, or preferrably shortly before.) Along casting lines, my personal favorite GL is Hal Jordan and I'd cast Ben Browder (from Farscape). John Stewart is only inches behind Hal and, either Denzel Washington or Keith David could play the role. Whoever mentioned Bill Paxton for the role of Guy playing it like his Chet character from "Wierd Science" is a genius. If they want comedy, and want to stick to the comic book universe, go with Guy. And any self-respecting GL movie HAS to have Kilowog in it, give him to Ron Perlman (c'mon, the guy does every other huge latex-masked creature role perfectly!) or someone big and burly like Michael Clarke Duncan (who also did a very good body suit role in that Planet of the Apes movie.) Or get Brad Garrett who has done the voice for Kilowog in the Justice League and Duck Dodgers cartoons (and is probably almost as tall as him without needing special effects.)