Green Lantern Director Dishes the Dirt

January 19, 2010

Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) recently gave an interview where he talked about how he envisions Green Lantern. And he has some interesting things to say about how he sees Green Lantern vis-a-vis other comic book franchises.

In his interview with Collider, Campbell opened up about the style he favors for Green Lantern. It sounds like he's leaning toward Iron Man, not The Dark Knight -- which is a relief in some ways:

It will be much more in the tone of Iron Man. It’s got to be. Certainly not Batman Begins, which is a pretty dark movie. No, he’s the Hal Jordan character who’s the sort of shoot from the hip, irresponsible kind of cocky test pilot if you will. In fact, the character seems to be the least likely to be chosen as Green Lantern. ...So it’ll have one foot in reality if you see what I mean.

Oh, we know what he means.

The question now seems to be whether he and Warner Bros. will make Green Lantern in 3D, which, for reasons having to do with Avatar, is a very real possibility.

I mean Cameron’s raised the bar on all that, so I think what he’s done with Avatar will make every studio now sit up and look at the box office from 3D and the fact that audiences loved it and it’s such a hit. I think he will…and of course they can do it in post now, you know 3D is so…even though we haven’t really talked about it, I’m sure it’ll come up.

So things are less solid on the 3D front, though it seems likely the studios are going to lean more and more in that direction, regardless of whether 3D will actually improve a film. The idea of charging people more for a movie simply because it's got another dimension is going to be very appealing to executives cutting the checks for these movies.

Something that not many directors are talking about these days is whether 3D is going to edge out smaller filmmakers, directors, writers, and producers less interested in making huge blockbusters. Will there be room for the small comedies and dramas if they don't have 3D appeal? Only time will tell.

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