Despite a few visual changes to the source material, comic book fans and just about everyone else were convinced that Green Lantern would be this generation’s Star Wars. It was, but sadly more along the lines of The Phantom Menace than A New Hope… In short, it was a hugely underwhelming disappointment.
It got some things right (a few casting decisions and the odd scene here and there), but Warner Bros.’ first major non-Batman/Superman DC Comics adaptation was a critical and commercial flop. Green Lantern could and should have been the start of a new franchise, but we’ll now be waiting until 2020 for a reboot.
Of course, we’ll see the character before then possibly in Batman v Superman and almost definitely in Justice League, but what can Green Lantern’s new movie do to avoid making the same mistakes as the past? Here, we present just ten possible solutions as well as some suggestions as to where the new movie should go.
10. The Costume
While the decision to go for an all CGI costume made sense in some respects, the end result was not great in 2011’s Green Lantern. The suit is made of pure energy, but what they ended up going with looked ugly and actually pretty fake. Was this the result of poor special effects work or an indication that CGI superhero costumes simply don’t work? It’s hard to say, and despite how much technology will have improved by 2020, we recommend going with a practical costume next time.
It can still be created by the energy from the ring with some CGI enhancements, but having the actor running around in a grey mo-cap suit which the effects team then have to build a costume over from scratch will likely end up being as disastrous as the last time they tried! Also, the black and white are much needed elements of the suit rather than an all green outfit!