Comics, Movies

Raise the Green Lantern

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It’s more or less official?the next DC superhero movie will be Green Lantern, which should start shooting next spring. Although no one’s been cast, there is a director?Greg Berlanti, whose bigging credit seems to be helming a few episodes of the TV series Everwood, which doesn’t exactly fill me with boundless hope. Still, the script-readers over at Latino Review think the script is great?a “classic” superhero origin story, if you will?if that means anything to you.

To me, Hal Jordan is like the anti-Tony Stark?impossibly good, fundamentally noble, and just not interesting at all. The fact that his superpowers come from a magic ring is somewhat less exciting than, say, an awesome suit of powered armor. I guess this thing will live or die based on who Warner casts as Hal, but really, I wonder if the fundamental Golden Age goofiness that defines most of the major DC superheroes will be too much for modern movie-going America. You kids have any casting choices?

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.