How could Green Lantern have been improved?

("Green Lantern" directed by Martin Campbel, 2011)

Although with Christopher NolansBatman-With the most commercially successful comic book adaptations available, DC-Verlag cannot keep up with Marvel. There was one Superman-Reboot and cinema adaptations like Constantine, V for Vendetta or Watchmen, but DC does not yet have a cross-film universe like Marvel's. With Green Lantern should the James Bond-Director Martin Campbell build this franchise. At Marvel, the threads run in Avengers together, at DC could do a similar project Justice Leauge of America (JLA) - with superheroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Green Lantern. Green Lantern Should have been a furious start for DC, but it is one of the worst comic book adaptations ever.

The daring fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is overtaken by intergalactic events. Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) counts as the strongest member of the cosmic elite association Green Lantern Corps. The corps protects the universe and draws its energy from the power of will. But the space monster Parallax, which draws its strength from the fear of its opponents, can free itself from eternal captivity and defeat it. Abin Sur can barely manage his colleague Sinestro (Mark Strong) warn of the danger posed by parallax that seeks to destroy the Grenn Lantern Corps. With his last breaths, Abin Sur travels to the distant earth. The ring, which draws its strength from will, selects Hal Jordan as successor. But the talented but chaotic pilot has his hands full with his boss and ex-lover Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) and his memories of his father, who was killed in a plane crash. And then comes Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) when examining Abin Sur's corpse in contact with parallax substances, transforming it into a powerful tool of the space monster.

Campbell has with Green Lantern filmed a disappointing comic adaptation. The impressive space images are neglected and do not fit together with the slapstick scenes on earth. The plot is predictable, the characters look flat, and there isn't even a lot of action or special effects. The mix of space opera, Top gun-Drama, comedy, and romance don't work. What is missing is a mystery that captivates the viewer from the start. There is no such thing as a real adventure when the ingredients are there. This is partly because the secret identity of Green Lantern is not protected - almost everyone involved quickly knows who is hiding behind the mask.

Green Lantern is a lame world salvation story, behind which actually stands the maturation process of the hero who has to admit and overcome his fear. Reynolds gives his character Hal Jordan no depth and cannot take the audience with him. The supporting actors also seem pale and / or out of place in their roles. In addition, a superhero is only as good as his enemy: here the less scary Sarsgaard, who has turned into a deformed figure like in David LynchElephant man transformed and thus embodies the opposite of the muscular Reynolds.

The 114 minute DC comic adaptation cannot meet expectations and offers poor superhero fare. Not only fanboys are allowed by Green Lantern be disappointed. The director has also openly joined in Iron man served (flight scene). Another comic book title fell victim to the commercialization of Hollywood. The adaptation has little of the charm of the original.


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  1. Rob

    Sounds just as gruesome as I suspected. Nevertheless, I still have to see it, because somehow it interests me. In addition, bad films can also (involuntarily) entertain 😉