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October 30, 2006

Jack Black NOT Green Lantern!

— Posted by John Campea

Of all the superhero movie news we have been reporting lately, it seems the Green Lantern franchise seems to be the most overlooked iconic character of all. Mostly because news hit last July that Jack Black had been slated to play Hal Jordan. This would be the second time Black played a guy named Hal. But it looks like the Watchers have spoken and Jack Black is losing his Power Ring.

IESB.net Reports:

A dreadful script this site reviewed a few months back totally reinvented the beloved Green Lantern superhero into a bumbling idiot who, with his “Fear Factor-like” tactics, receives the power ring and the battery (lantern) to become the Green Lantern.

I for one am ECSTATIC that they are going in a different direction with this character. Aside from the major trinity of DC Comics (Batman, Superman and WonderWoman) Green Lantern lists among my favourite characters.

But to see Jack Black go all School of Rock with this would just be embarassing. I thought maybe we would see a serious side to Jack Black considering the character, but it was confirmed that they were going for “zany”. I said it in July and I will say it again. Making this movie slapstick and goofy will accomplish one thing. A crappy movie.

It just improved 1000% with this one peice of news.

If you would like to see Jack Black comment on it himself, you can go to this link and click PLAY.

After seeing this video, Id sooner see him play Wonder Woman than Green Lantern.

Now if they want to do PlasticMan and cant afford Jim Carey, call Black.

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  • Zeb

    an idea for a Green Lantern script is to set the time back in the seventies and apopt an more Denny O’Neil Green Lantern. It would be different than most super hero movies which are set in present day settings. Think of the sound track which could have new and old music mix. Just an idea. Oh and Jack Black no thanks but he could bank roll the film.

  • wolf

    I never once expected Black to be the Green Lantern. The guy is fat…nuff said!!!

  • http://www.angelfire.com/art/jry/ HeroStew.com

    Yes I hope for Hal Jordan. Since that is what the GL franchise is MOST famous for.

  • Darren J Seeley

    I meant no ill will Rod. But while the Plastic Man comics were rather light in tone, (aside from when the character was first created) I have to say that Jim Carrey has played The Mask and The Riddler. I can’t see him doing another character based on a comic book. I just can’t.

    and as for Jack Black, he would fit the same mold as Lantern. Then again, considering Plas’ costume…

  • Jay

    All I can say is… THANK GOD!

    This would have resulted in a “Batman & Robin” size fiasco.
    It would have been a joke. A parody of itself.

    Serious in tone is the only way to go. The GL corps are the protectors of the universe for cripes sake, not a travelling comedy act.

    I, too, am rooting for Hal Jordan. Not because of the color of his skin, but because he’s the one I grew up reading.

  • Ted Kord Lives

    I to am a GL fam. And I’d hate to see a slapstick verion of the movie being made.

    If a GL movie is made, my preference is for a Hal Jordan version.

  • http://www.themovieblog.com Rodney

    Darren, all those actors are known for their goofy antics on screen. What makes you opinion better than mine?

    Plasticman was the goofball, always cracking jokes and being silly. I dont see how Carrey or Black wouldnt be good for it, but Stiller is?

    Stiller would be a good choice, but for the exact same reasons that the others would as well.

  • Darren J Seeley

    This is good news. But Rod, you are so…wrong thinking Black good for Plastic Man, or Jim Carrey for that matter. Ben Stiller?Okay, now that’s okay.

    But if ever Warners does an adap of the limited comics series “Breathtaker”, then call Black. He’s The Man.

    :)

  • http://www.themovieblog.com Rodney

    What’s wrong with Anthony Anderson? His performance on The Shield earned him much acclaim from critics who had previously dismissed him as a light comedy actor, resulting in him returning to The Shield during the show’s fifth season for several episodes.

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