Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shut-up Stupid Sunday: Hollywood Producers

Growing up I loved comics. There are a number of Superheroes who I would like to see make it onto the movie screen. The Green Lantern is not one of them.

The Green Lantern was always the awkward superhero in DC's line-up. The Hal Jordon version's ring gave him powers comparable to Superman but since Superman always had at least two comics going (Action Comics and Superman) having a pale imitation wouldn't fly, so to speak. The solution was to give him a huge weakness, the entire color yellow. Since yellow is a primary color it was up to the individual writer as to how far into the Yellow-Green or Yellow-Orange this weakness could go. As a result at different times he was written as one of the most powerful superheroes or one of the weakest.

To make the comic story worse, for those of us who bought our comics used, there were 6 different versions of the Green Lantern. When picking up a Green Lantern comic you never knew what you would get.

So now this total mess of a comic is being made into a movie because Hollywood feels comic geeks like me will watch any movie based on a comic. It doesn't matter if that comic should be turned into a movie or not.

I hope to be surprised. Given the totally inconsistent plot of the comic, the writers from DAWSON'S CREEK and SEX IN THE CITY along with the director of SEX THIEF, have pretty much a free hand in making the movie without worrying about staying faithful to the comic.

So to all the producers out there that green light projects just because they are based on a comic and you figure comic geeks will watch any film made from a comic, I say, “Shut-up Stupid, look at the comic you are basing the movie on first or you'll find yourself giving THE GREEN ARROW AND AQUAMAN movie a $200 million dollar budget.”

By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE


Stephanie Barr said...

I actually don't get any superhero comic. They always seemed contrived and weird to me.

My husband's a superhero comic lover and, ironically, Green Lantern is one of his favorites. No, I don't know why, though I know why he likes Batman.

Saw Thor with him last month. I don't recommend it. Neither would he.

Shakespeare said...

I want to see Thor... still, even with both of your non-recommendations.

Want to see Green Lantern, too. Yum.

Most of the films I own are superhero films. And the Harry Potter series, of course. Also about superheroes of a different kind.