Some interesting news from the Green Lantern film and possible hint that a Suicide Squad film may soon be in the offing. Angela Bassett (Strange Days, What’s Love Got to do With It) is joining the cast of the Martin Campbell directed comic book movie. Heat Vision had the news.
Bassett is playing Dr. Amanda Waller, a government agent who headed up the Suicide Squad, a government-run group of captured supervillains performing tasks in exchange for eventual freedom. She also was high up in the Checkmate organisation (the very first comic book Green Lantern also cropped up in that series). Still no word on whether the Squad will appear in the film, but could lead to some nice little Easter Eggs for comic book fans.
“Green Lantern will be shooting a bar scene at the Old Point Bar, 545 Patterson Drive, New Orleans during the day”
If any readers in New Orleans should get a chance to get over there for some photos then send them my way and I’ll get them on the site.
Heat Vision also have some casting news on the Martin Campbell directed film.
Kiwi filmmaker-actor Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark) and Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison (Shortland Street, Once Were Warriors, Barb Wire, Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode 2 and he’s just finished filming Tracker with Ray Winstone).
Waititi plays Thomas Kalmaku the best friend of Hal Jordan. Tom was an engineer working on the planes that Jordan flew. Back before things were better the Inuit character was nicknamed Pie Face (after the Eskimo Pie ice creams), but this has since been changed in the comics. Tom also developed super powers in the comics, that power being the ability to bring out the best of people. I assume that won’t appear in the film.
Morrison is playing Abin Sur. Sur is the Green Lantern who crashes to Earth and upon dying makes Hal Jordan the new Green Lantern.
Shaping up nicely and glad they’ve finally started filming it.
Another day, another DC Comic book film moves ahead. We have the possibility of Goyer and Nolan working on a Superman film and now IESB has the news that Greg Berlanti is the favourite to direct the fastest man alive, The Flash.
Berlanti wrote a draft for the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movieand was going to direct it before Warner Bros went with Martin Campbell.
No word on a script or star so still early days, but this is further along than a Flash film has been in the past. At one point Ryan Reynolds was rumoured to play him, but as he will he Green Lantern I doubt that will happen (it being the same universe). That gives us the splendid oppotunity to put our comic geek heads on (my fave after films) and wonder who would make a good Flash – not sure whether it will be Barry Allen or Wally West. I’m guessing the former. Neil Patrick Harris could be good. Bradley Cooper missed out on Green Lantern so he could be up for it.
Who should play Flash? Suggest some names in the comments and I’ll put a poll together.
That is the current situation for the Martin Campbell directed adaption of the DC comic. Sinestro probably won’t be the main bad guy (like the comics he’ll start out as a Lantern) and Legion could well be one of the bad guys along with Hammond, but what about the other members of the Green Lantern Corp? Well it looks as if Cosmic Book News scored the first look at some concept art for Abin Sur (the Green Lantern who’s death leads to Hal Jordan getting the power ring), Tomar Re and my favourite, Green Lantern trainer, Kilowog.
The DC Database gives a quick background to Kilowog for those not up to speed on who he is (mind you due to the convoluted DC continuity it may mean nothing to you if you’ve never read the comics):
Bolovax Vik was one of the most crowded planets in the universe; it had 16 billion residents with a communal mind. Kilowog was a geneticicist and one of Bolovax’s most brilliant minds. After the previous Lantern, Branwill, died, Kilowog was chosen to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. It was a great honor, but it meant leaving Bolovax and going into space on missions; this was tantamount to exile for a Bolovaxian. Nevertheless, Kilowog carried out his duties with pride. He would go on to be one of the Corps’ best recruiters and trainers.
During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Bolovax Vik was destroyed. His ring automatically protected Kilowog, but not his people. Acting quickly, he placed all 16 billion life energies into his ring. By sheer force of his will they survived until Kilowog found a suitable planet to release his people. Sadly, the planet was soon destroyed by Sinestro. Kilowog could not rescue them again. He was now alone for good
Cosmic Book News also have the story from the 2008 Green Lantern script. It makes interesting reading but as we don’t yet know whether this will be the exact script they are using there could well be major spoilers involved.
The concept art for all three looks a lot like the comic book characters which is a good thing.
Concept art is always great to see but the final look depends upon who will be working on the effects. Variety have the news that Karen Goulekas (The Day After Tomorrow) Kent Houston (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Jim Berney (I Am Legend) will be in charge of making the effects look real. Sony Pictures Imageworks will also be the lead visual effects studio on the film. They worked on Watchmen and Superman Returns. All of those films had their flaws, but in the main they had excellent special effects so Green Lantern should look splendid.
Green Lantern is due out on 17th June 2011.
The question is who will voice Kilowog, Abin Sur and Tomar Re?
Looks like HitFlix were wrong. “Sherlock Holmes” actor Mark Strong is in talks to play Sinestro in the “Green Lantern” movie, according to director Martin Campbell.
Speaking with MTV News during the junket for “Edge of Darkness,” his upcoming action thriller opening January 29, Campbell dismissed rumors that “Watchmen” actor Jackie Earle Haley was in talks for the role.
“No, that’s completely wrong,” said Campbell of the persistent rumor, which popped up again recently despite Haley denying any involvement with the “Green Lantern” movie. “In fact, we’re in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro.”
“He’s not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro,” he added. “If you look up old pictures of Sinestro, he’s very like him. The Jackie Earle Haley thing, somebody told me about it this morning; I had never heard it before in my life.”
If negotiations pan out, Strong will have a role in not one but two much-anticipated comic book movies, as he also plays mobster Frank D’Amico in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar’s “Kick-Ass.” However, Campbell didn’t stop there — he also offered up a list of characters from Green Lantern’s universe making an appearance in the film.
“Well, Kilowog will be,” said Campbell. “Tomar-Re is in it. Sinestro is in it. Abin Sur is in it. All the origin people. Carol [Ferris], of course, who will be played by Blake Lively. All the main characters are there, and it’s a complex story. The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right.”
If Strong becomes Sinestro, he could join recently announced in-negotiations actor Peter Sarsgaard, who’s in talks to play villain Hector Hammond.
In the comic books, Sinestro is a former Green Lantern who trains Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds), only to become one of Jordan’s greatest enemies when he leaves the cosmic police force.
This is splendid news. I really hope Strong takes the role as he would be brilliant as Sinestro.
Blake Lively has landed the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern according to THR.
Lively will play Carol Ferris, who runs her father’s aerospace company and hires cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds), who later becomes Green Lantern. In the comics, the romance became complicated when an alien race bestowed her the power of a crystal called the Star Sapphire, but I doubt they’ll show that in the first film. You can see her as Star Sapphire in the pic below.
The search for the Martin Campbell-directed film’s leading lady was almost as intense as the one for its title star. Keri Russell and Jennifer Garner were reportedly among those in the mix for the role.
The role called for a slightly older actress but Lively, who stars in the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” impressed the studio and filmmakers with her audition. I make her as being about 22 which is a tad young for the character, but all depends how well she can act. I’ve never seen Gossip Girl so have no idea what she is like.
Warners was also impressed with her work in “The Town,” its adaptation of the gritty Chuck Hogan novel directed by Ben Affleck now in post-production.
The casting process will next turn its eye to the roles of Dr. Hector Hammond, one of the key villains, and the alien known as Sinestro.
Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti are producing the big-budget sci-fi movie, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana in March with an eye towards a June 17, 2011 release.
Martin Campbell spoke with Empire Online about the new Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) film he is directing. It will be shooting in New Orleans, but it sounds as if fans of the comic can breath easy as it sounds as if there will be plenty of outer space scenes.
“He’s the only superhero to my knowledge who regularly goes to another planet,” said Campbell. “Superman and Batman were essentially locked into a particular city. The Lantern isn’t so Earthbound.”
It also sounds as if he has a good handle on the powers of the Green Lanterns.
“It’s [energized] by a battery on the planet of Oa, which taps into the willpower of everyone in the universe,” said the director. “From that ring you can form constructs. So if you got into a fight, you could form a giant first. Or a fighter plane.”
Mind you this means there will be an awful lot of effects in the film.
“It’s daunting,” Campbell admitted of the film’s epic scale. “Just the process, something like 1,300 visual effects shots, it’s mind-blowing, quite honestly.”
I really hope we get to see loads of the Green Lantern Corp and lots of cool space battles.
What do you think of the news and what other super heroes/bad guys can you think off that spend much of their time in outer space?
Off the top of my head I get the Silver Surfer, Captain Comet, Quasar, Lobo, Rocket Raccoon, Adam Strange and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, L.E.G.I.O.N., and a whole heap more. Over to you lot for the rest.
Okay calm down. Before I go any further let me just say that this is a rumour from Harry Knowles over at AICN. However, he states it is from a pretty reliable source from someone working on the film. We know Ryan Reynolds is playing Hal Jordan in the Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern film, but until now there hasn’t really been much movement on who will be playing the other roles.
This story came from someone working on the film. That part is solid, what isn’t – and won’t be till it all gets finalized is the fact that JACKIE EARLE HALEY is leading the list to play SINESTRO!!! That’s just about perfect in my book! Something that makes me absolutely giddy as all hell!
Oh… and according to my source, it’s looking like SUPERMAN will be making a cameo, but that all depends upon how… other DC things go, but it is an indicator that DC is paying attention and taking note of what MARVEL is doing, which has excited all of us so much! But remember, you heard it all here first!
Jackie Earle Haley as Sinestro. For those not in the know Sinestro is the big bad of Hal Jordan’s tales – he used to be a Green Lantern who trained and was a friend of Hal’s but it turned out he was a bit of a nasty chap. Haley was great as Rorschach and is Freddy Krueger in the remake of Elm Street.
In my opinion he has the right face for Sinestro, but he is a little short for the purple faced fella.
As for Superman cameoing (no word if that would be Brandon Routh) well I really hope they have some kind of cameo from him or a few other DC characters just to tie it all in as that is what we comic fans love and geek out on.
Do you think Jackie Earle Haley is the right fit for Sinestro? If not him who? How should they get Superman or other DC characters to cameo in it?
Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) Edge of Darkness is a remake of a classic TV series from 1985 – black flowers, melting ice caps, ghosts and more featured in that one – not many other sites seem to be mentioning that which is a shame. The series was also directed by Martin Campbell so at least the film is in good hands. You can buy the series here
The film is written by William Monahan (The Departed) and stars Mel Gibson. He plays a detective and after the sudden death of his activist daughter, he tries to find out why she was killed. He uncovers more than he bargained for. The film also stars Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, and Shawn Roberts.