Here's the good news about the upcoming Green Lantern movie: Co-writer Marc Guggenheim seems very confident that it'll turn out to be a quality flick that sums up everything great about the character. Here's the bad news: That's pretty much all he'll tell you about the project, because the studio doesn't want people like you to talk about it. Though of course he did spill a little bit anyway.
Guggenheim, who's writing the screenplay for the adaptation of DC Comics' space cop series with Eli Stone co-creator Greg Berlanti and Heroes writer Michael Green, explained why so much about the movie is being kept under wraps:
I can't tell you anything, to be honest with you. That's the funny thing with these superhero movies; you do tend to develop them in secrecy. Maybe I'll get smack from the message boards for this, but I think that's in large part to how, when stuff leaks out, people hear about it out of context and get upset. There's always the concern on the part of the studio that things will leak out out of context and people will get upset and make up their minds before the movie has even finished or even starts filming... I can confirm that it's Hal Jordan, but I can't really talk about anything else. I really wish I could, because there's lots of stuff I want to brag about.
I love the idea that someone read the above and thought "They're going with Hal? Not John? Obviously the movie's gonna suck," thereby ignoring that whole "hearing things out of context and getting upset" thing. Nonetheless, Guggenheim tries his best to prove to fans that they're not going to screw this up:
I think Green Lantern has the potential to be a very highly regarded superhero movie. We're approaching it with such respect and such care. And really, it's written to be a movie that everyone who's not familiar with the character can enjoy, but there are so many nods to things that I know the fans love and care about that I think people will be very happy... We always start all our meetings and story discussions and all of our scene discussions with, OK, what's cool about Green Lantern? Why Green Lantern? And we always come from that place, which is an incredibly useful thing to do because you don't want Green Lantern to be a generic superhero movie. You want it to be all the things you expect when you buy a $10 ticket that says Green Lantern on it.
Listen, if this means we're getting a movie where a guy has a magic wishing ring that allows him to make giant green hands to punch things, I am completely sold already.
Marc Guggenheim Talks Eli Stone, Green Lantern [Newsarama]