Marvel’s generally successful run of live-action superhero movies culminated in The Avengers last year that netted them a whole boatload of cash. While DC’s Dark Knight Trilogy has more or less become the standard of comic book movies these days, the complicated reception and obstacles regarding Superman Returns made it difficult for DC to create a shared universe where they could create the Justice League. Since you can’t have the Justice League without Superman, and Nolan envisioned the Dark Knight trilogy to be in a world with no other heroes, it was hard to envision such a team-up film being made.
With Man of Steel, however, Superman is back. It didn’t make critics bow down and worship it, but it was a box office hit and Snyder consciously opened the door for other heroes to enter that universe. However, they’re missing most of the other heroes, including Batman, so they need to find a way to introduce at least some of them to a movie audience.
There is one hero they DO have already available, and that is Green Lantern, a hero they introduced in 2011. Too bad that movie didn’t do nearly as well as they hoped. I watched the movie two years ago… but I realized I barely remembered anything about it, so I decided to watch it again to see if it truly was that forgettable and as bad as the critics said it was.
In a nutshell: There’s nothing egregiously horrible about the movie and it has a handful of neat action sequences, but it’s mostly pretty dull. In its defense, I’ve always felt like Green Lantern would be difficult to translate into live-action convincingly because the whole concept of the hero seems so goofy. I was never that enamored with the idea of Green Lantern (ring that can do allegedly “anything” that is powered by “will?” Really?), but the movie definitely missed a good opportunity to make something interesting.