Return of the Comic that Ate Hollywood (Green)

It's been five months since the original, so it must be time for the sequel. Okay, really, I just couldn't bring myself to watch anything on offer this past weekend,* and I really feel I should post something. One of these days I might pass 100 readers. Besides, there are actual new developments in the field of superhero flicks!

By now, you may have seen the trailers for Green Hornet. Ew. If you haven't, and you're feeling brave, there are a bunch here. I realize they'll want a new angle for a superhero who originally dates back to the 1930's, and Batman's already handling all the unrelentingly grim stuff, but I would have hoped they could add a little humor without making the Green Hornet into the sort of guy who accidentally knocks himself out. On the plus side, they do have Cameron Diaz playing loyal secretary Lenore Case -- she's a pretty good actress when she's outside The Box -- and Jay Chou as Kato seems refreshingly competent, so as long as he does most of the fighting, the forces of good just might triumph.

The buzz about Green Lantern is heating up, too. Wow, that almost sounded professional. I'm still not too clear on who Ryan Reynolds is, though he's signed up to play Deadpool, so maybe he's going to make comic book heroes his specialty. Sometimes I really wonder why in the world studios decide that a particular comic needs to be made into a movie (Did Jonah Hex ever really seem like a good idea?), but with Deadpool it's easy, since he's sort of a cousin of Wolverine's and they can play up that connection. I don't mean they're related; I mean that both Wolverine and Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson -- Marvel does love their alliteration) went through the ultra-top-secret Weapon X program, designed to create super-soldiers. It didn't work as well on Deadpool -- he's even less balanced than Wolverine -- but of course that doesn't stop him from building a nice career as a mercenary.

Wait, back to Green Lantern. They really couldn't have done a Green Lantern film much before this -- everything he does is a special effect, and probably a difficult one. He makes things out of solid green energy and zaps people with green energy blasts, thanks to a mysterious alien ring he inherits from a mysterious alien. They have two villans listed, Sinestro (Mark Strong of Robin Hood) and Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard of Knight & Day), and two villains is usually one too many, especially when the movie already has to explain the hero's whole origin. But it might work; I still have hope.

And they have Amanda Waller. She used to run the Suicide Squad in the DC comic of the same name, which leads me to think that they're going to introduce the Suicide Squad into the movies. Yay! The Suicide Squad was cool. They were mainly villains, working for the government because they had a choice of prison or going out on missions with the squad, and they chose the missions even though they were all, well, suicide missions. I remember reading those in my younger days and being fascinated that the bad guys were actually doing good things. Well, mostly good. These are black ops we're talking about. I wonder if they'll have Captain Boomerang? He has a slightly silly name, and his powers aren't much -- as you might suspect, he throws boomerangs -- but he always had a nice, sarcastic, House-like sort of quip ready, and you need that on a suicide mission.

Anyway, most of the movies I mentioned last time still seem to be in various stages of production. Fantastic Four 17, or whatever they're up to now, is listed as due out in 2013, so maybe by then they'll have a decent script. And Doom Patrol is still slated for 2011, and I can't wait.

In the immortal words of Hal Jordan:
In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power,
Green Lantern's Light!

*Note, however, that I can certainly be bribed into reviewing particular films.

Green Hornet, meet Green Lantern, Lantern, Hornet.


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