In addition to recent reports that Warner Bros. has hired writers for adaptation of long-gestating projects, Justice League and Wonder Woman, comes news that the studio is mulling over what to do with the Green Lantern franchise.
The film suffered a disappointing run in theaters last year, grossing $220 million worldwide against a $200 million production budget. The studio is debating on whether to bring back star Ryan Reynolds for a sequel or re-launch the character with a new actor. What that re-launch would entail is up for discussion as DC Comics recently reintroduced the Green Lantern character as their newly gay superhero.
Green Lantern screenwriters Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim turned in an outline for the sequel last year, but the studio was expected to make significant changes if not start completely from scratch.
DC is moving forward with other comic book properties, developing solo films for Aquaman, Shazam, Green Arrow and The Suicide Squad. Whatever direction Warner Bros. decides to take with Green Lantern and the rest of the DC Comics heroes, Variety reports that executives have learned a valuable lesson from the success of The Avengers. Though it may seem like common sense to most of us, executives said they need "to tap creative that genuinely understand the characters the way Joss was comfortable with The Avengers."
What do you think WB should do with Green Lantern? Keep Reynolds, re-cast the character, or work him into the Justice League a la The Hulk was brought back in The Avengers?