Friday, January 8, 2010

Warners Greenlights "Green Lantern" (in Louisiana)

VFX Supervisor Karen "Spider-Man" Goulekas has announced on her blog that DC Comics "Green Lantern" has received an official 'green light' from Warners to start shooting in March.

Scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release, "Green Lantern" will reportedly require over 1300 effects shots, directed by Martin "Casino Royale" Campbell, starring Canadian (ie. 'no American accent') actor Ryan "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Reynolds as 'Hal Jordan', aka 'Green Lantern'.

Rumours swirled about the "Green Lantern" shooting location after the studio pulled production out of Australia, following the government denying producers substantial tax credits.

Warners blamed "...the current global economic situation, including fluctuations in currency evaluation and overall costs..."

Toronto was on the location radar for a while, with the feint possibility of shooting at Pinewood Toronto Studios, offering the largest indoor sound stage in North America, but Warners reportedly dislikes shooting in Toronto, after cursing the gods for the cancellation of their 2003 Toronto-lensed "Tarzan" TV series featuring underwear model Travis Fimmel.

Meanwhile, other studios have already booked into Toronto this year including Universal locking up "The Thing" prequel at Pinewood and Summit Entertainment booking Showline for the Bruce Willis-starring, comic book adaptation, "Red".

"Green Lantern" will now shoot in Louisiana.

Screenplay for "Green Lantern" is by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green for producer Donald DeLine.

Created for DC Comics in the 1940's, the 'Green Lantern' character derives super-abilities from the use of a ring that can transmute green energy into physical matter.

The first 'Green Lantern', 'Alan Wellington Scott', debuted in "All-American Comics" #16 (July 1940), riding in a train when a sabotaged bridge causes a derailment. Scott saves himself by hanging onto a green metal lantern that 'speaks' to him, revealing it was once a 'Starheart' meteor that crashed into China, then forged into a lantern.

The lantern orders Scott to fashion a ring from its metal, then to touch the ring to the lantern. Obeying the lantern while reciting an oath, Scott gains magical powers, creates a vigilante costume and calls himself 'Green Lantern', with the ability to change green-tinted energy into solid shapes that can defy gravity.

The second Green Lantern, 'Hal Jordan', debuted in DC Comics' "Showcase" #22 (October 1959), working as a test pilot in 'Coast City' when dying alien 'Abin Sur', one of 3600 members of the 'Green Lantern Corps' begs Jordan to carry on by wearing his 'power ring', overseen by the 'Guardians of the Universe', keepers of the ring's battery source on planet 'Oa'.

Once Jordan accepts the ring, he is ordered to capture 'Sinestro', a renegade Green Lantern. Jordan defeats Sinestro, gains instant superhero celebrity, joins the 'Justice League of America' and teams up with "Green Arrow".

When 7 million people die in Coast City from 'Mongul' and the 'Superman' imposter 'Cyborg', Jordan, on the verge of a mental/physical breakdown, asks for more power from the Guardians, but they refuse, considering him unstable and demand he surrender his ring.

An enraged Jordan flies to Oa, killing every Green Lantern that gets in his way, but he is finally stopped and forfeits his ring to 'Kyle Rayner'.

In one final act of redemption, Jordan helps Rayner stop the solar-consuming 'Sun-Eater' but dies in the attempt, repeating the oath of the Green Lanterns as he sacrifices himself attempting to 'rekindle' the sun.

Sneak Peek "Green Lantern"...