Warner Bros. Moving Forward with Green Lantern 2
06.27.11 by Ryan
Some movie studios might give up on a potential franchise when a movie with a $200 million-budget makes just $118.7 million worldwide in two weeks of release, but Warner Bros. is pressing on with Green Lantern 2.
THR reports that, while Warners is "somewhat disappointed” with Green Lantern’s box office, the studio still plans to move forward with a sequel. Green Lantern opened with $52.7 million in its first weekend, then dropped 66% domestically in its second weekend, but Dan Fellman, Warners' president of domestic distribution, says the movie is settling in at the box office.
Warners has already invested quite a bit into a second Green Lantern. In August of last year, the studio hired Michael Goldenberg to draft a script for Green Lantern 2 based on a treatment created by Green Lantern writers Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Michael Green. The treatment was reportedly due at the end of last year, which would help DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. fulfill its promise to release two DC– related movies per year once the Harry Potter franchise comes to an end.
If Warners does indeed plan to move forward with another Green Lantern, comic book movie fans have to be excited to reap the benefits of more DC movies, such as a planned adaptation of The Flash. However, if DC Entertainment wants to expand its upcoming slate, they will have to depend on something other than the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan's final installment in the Batman franchise.
Green Lantern director Martin Campbell has already indicated that he is not signed up to direct a sequel, but actor Ryan Reynolds is attached.
While details on the sequel are scarce, the final credits scene does a fine job of informing audiences of where a Green Lantern sequel will go. Therefore, fair warning that the scene is spoiler filled, and if you haven't seen Green Lantern yet (and chances are good that many of you haven't), watch the scene here at your own risk.