Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern is a superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern and co-stars Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong and Angela Bassett.
Hal Jordan, a test pilot, acquires superhuman powers after being chosen by the Ring. However, with the powers comes the responsibility of defeating the evil Parallax who is set on destroying Earth.
- Poorly written script, that has many plot holes such as Hal's father not ejecting from the crashed jet when he was young.
- The film doesn't really follow up with the actual character.
- Too many cliches that were already used in previous superhero films.
- The plot is weak and boring, as most of it is just filler.
- Sub-par special effects, especially for the fighter jets and Parallax himself.
- Overuse of cartoonish CGI which takes them straight into the uncanny valley, even for the masks.
- Unlikable characters, especially for the main protagonist, Hal Jordan (or known as Green Lantern).
- Bad acting from actors such as Mark Strong, except for a miscast Ryan Reynolds.
- Hal's costume looks terrible and downright creepy. For some reason, they decided to design the suit itself with a visible muscular system, as you can see individual lines representing muscle tendons. His mask is by far the worst, as it makes his eyes look completely white.
- The film tried hard to set up both a sequel and the entire DC Extended Universe and failed at both planned tasks.
- Bad cinematography, making the film look dark and bright at the same time.
- Aside from the poor characterization, the supporting characters are weak.
- There are a lot of good fight scenes, even with the poor cinematography.
- The supporting cast members do a decent job for what they were given.
- A few funny moments like when Hal said "To infinity, and beyond" (a reference to Buzz Lightyear's iconic phrase) while trying to figure out what the Green Lantern official oath is.
- Certain supporting characters that were in the comics appear and are nods to the original comics (e.g. Kilowog).
- The romance scene was okay.
- The music by James Newton Howard was well composed.
- Ryan Reynolds redeemed himself from Green Lantern 5 years later by portraying the more successful Deadpool, which was a more suitable role for him than this one.
The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 26% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 4.6 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology." Richard Roeper remarked in his review of the film, "He's an ambiguously...heroic hero."
The film opened at #1 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $53,174,303. Its domestic gross later went up to $116,601,172. In foreign countries, the film made $103,250,000. Overall, the film grossed $219,851,172 against its $200 million budget making it a box office bomb.
The original plan was to have a sequel be made after the original, but was cancelled due to poor performance at the box office (mentioned earlier in "Box Office" section). Warner Brothers hit the reset button for Green Lantern Corps, which was scheduled for a 2020 release, but has since been delayed along with numerous other DC projects.
- The film had been in the works since the late 1990s and went through countless rewrites.
- According to animation producer Greg Weisman and voice actors Josh Keaton and Khary Payton, the movie's poor box office reception played a major role in the eventual cancellation of Green Lantern: The Animated Series which was superior and faithful to its source material, and also Young Justice (though the latter was brought back after a strong fan campaign).
- Even Deadpool cracked a joke about it by Deadpool saying "And make sure my suit isn't green"
- Ryan Reynolds admitted he hated the film and was happy that it bombed at the box office and got panned by critics, as he did not wish to reprise his role and later references it negatively in Deadpool and Deadpool 2
- There was even a scene in GMW, that proved that even DC hated the movie, and Green Lantern says "There was a Green Lantern movie... but we don't really talk about that"