18 Villains For Green Lantern 2

Lobo

The Villain: Ridiculously strong and ridiculously evil. Doubt it? Lobo wiped out his entire race on home planet Czarnia (for kicks) before heading to Earth to fight Green Lantern. Also, his name is Khundian for “he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it”. Lovely.

Coolest Quality: Accelerated healing means Lobo’s near impossible to destroy – his body can repair itself from any kind of assault.

Likelihood Of Appearing: Lobo’s a popular villain in the DCverse – so much so that Guy Ritchie was attached to direct a solo movie outing for him in 2009. That project looks to be all but dead now, though, so an appearance in Lantern 2 is highly likely.

Perfect Casting: Ron Perlman

Page To Screen: R.I.P.D.

Uncovering the comics that are heading to the movies

What? A four issue supernatural comic book written by Peter M. Lenkov. It follows the titular Rest In Peace Department, a subdivision in the world of law and order where deceased cops are recruited to keep the creatures of Hell in check.

Who’s The Star? Well, there are two: lasso-slinging, trenchcoat-wearing, John Wayne-alike Roy Powell, who’s been hunting demons for almost 100 years and is just a few weeks away from retirement.

And then there’s Nick Cruz, a handsome young go-getter cop who’s just been blown to smithereens, recruited by the R.I.P.D., and is determined to find out who pulled the trigger.

What’s So Cool About It? Think Men In Black meets Red. With creatively gross hell creatures, some mighty fine artillery (not only do the R.I.P.D. get super-cool guns, there’s also the sword of Archangel Michael at play) and two wise-cracking heroes with solid iron danglies, it’s a genre-mashing thrillride that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Coolest Moment? It’s got be the segment in which Powell and Cruz discover a scene of domestic bliss is merely a front for demonic inter-species breeding. Needless to say, it ends in typically gory fashion.

Another Cool Bit? Every member of the R.I.P.D. squad has a glowy police badge stamped into their chest-flesh. Nifty.

Sample Dialogue? “What I wouldn’t give to chase a flesh and blood outlaw. The kind who knew how to stay dead” – Powell

Who’s Signed On To The Movie? Ryan Reynolds has long been attached to play Nick Cruz, continuing his monopoly on comic book franchises (after Green Lantern and Deadpool). Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges recently bagged the role of Powell (he’s obviously still loving the cowboy hat thing after True Grit), which had previously been offered to Hangover star Zach Galifianakis.

In the director’s chair is Robert Schwentke, who recently helmed other action-packed comic adaptation Red.

What’s The Latest News? After a fair amount of time spent – somewhat fittingly, given the subject matter – wallowing in development hell, things are finally looking up for the movie version of R.I.P.D. With Reynolds finding a gap in his work rota in which to squeeze it (seriously, this guy makes Santa Claus look like a slacker), shooting on R.I.P.D. kicks off September 2011.

In The Filmmakers’ Words: Director Schwentke told Collider last year that the movie R.I.P.D. will differ slightly from the comic R.I.P.D…

“I read the script and I just really fell in love with it. It’s a similar case of, I suppose, using the comic book as inspiration and trying to stay true to the spirit of it, even if you aren’t necessarily structuring the narrative in the same way that the comic book is structured.

I’m very, very excited by it because I also think that it’s a very special project again that has a lot of elements that I really respond to sort of at a molecular level. I feel like it’s going to give me the ability to mix those together for the first time. It’s got some buddy cop stuff in it and it has some romance in it. It has some action-comedy in it again. It’s going realty well. We are in the midst of re-writing it.

You know, I don’t think there’s a reason for either one to be R. I’m somewhat squeamish myself. I don’t think the rating issue should manifest itself in like pulling your punches. I think you can make movies that don’t have to pull their punches and don’t feel like they’ve been neutered by a rating.

So hopefully it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a PG-13 movie and that there were things that we weren’t able to do. To my eyes, Red doesn’t necessarily feel like a PG-13 movie, but it is. It doesn’t feel like an R-rated movie either, but it doesn’t feel like we were somehow… you know.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds told MTV in September 2010 that he’s keen to make both R.I.P.D. and Deadpool, but he’d only have time for one. That one seems to now be the former:

“Everything’s so fickle and so contingent on so many factors, aside from just an actor. And because it has an actor, and because these films have interested directors, it’s obviously likely that [‘Deadpool’ and ‘R.I.P.D.’ will] both get made. But I think it would be more likely that only one of them gets made with me.

They’re both movies I’m interested in, they’re both movies that are in fast-track development. But I never say I’m doing a movie until I break for lunch the first day. Because it’s such a crapshoot, this industry.”

In Closing: Though certain parts of Lenkov’s comic will of course be changed for the movie version of R.I.P.D., if Schwentke and co manage to retain the humour and grisly, demon-killing thrills of their source material, they’ve pretty much got a slam dunk on their hands.

It’ll be interesting to see just what they alter, of course. Presumably the demons will be less outrageous (the way they look in the comics, the only approach would be uber-expensive motion capture), while the trip to Hell at the comic’s climax will probably be downplayed for a less controversial showdown.

That’s pure conjecture at the moment, though. Lenkov’s comic is pretty out there, and certain elements don’t easily lend themselves to a movie adaptation. The core concept, though, does. I can easily see Schwentke playing up the buddy cop aspect of Powell and Cruz’s relationship, while shoving in a few demonic occurences to add flavour. A more complex conspiracy theory surrounding Cruz’s death would also add to a movie version, while I imagine the Ash (supernatural cocaine, essentially) will play a bigger role. Here’s hoping the wait’s been worth it.

Brawn off!

Two super-size trailers have crash landed online today in the form of a suped-up second Green Lantern showcase and our first look at Jason Momoa in greased-up action as Conan The Barbarian. Both look like your typical, bloated summer blockbusters, packed with soaring CGI-scapes and heroes you can really believe in. Both are for movies that seem to be generating a rippling sea of shrugs throughout the movie world.

To be fair, this fresh Lantern trailer at least gives us some awesome imagery in the form of an all-out assault on Earth, while Peter Sarsgaard looks suitably hideous as big-brained Dr Hector Hammond. Blake Lively, though, looks bored out of her mind, while the CGI Lanterns are still all, well, cheesily CGI.

As for Conan, did nobody learn from The Scorpion King?

What I really care about is who’d win in a fight between the two super men. Conan vs Green Lantern! Now that’s a trailer I’d be interested in seeing…

 

Green Lanterns away

Briefly: there’s a new poster out for Green Lantern. And much like all the other promotional material for the film, it’s not exactly set my world aflame with nail-chomping anticipation. With news arriving this week that the film’s received a budget boost of $9m to fix its special effects (that’ll teach them for robbing Ryan Reynolds of a real super-suit), it looks like the debate over just how bad Lantern could be is going to rage on right up to its 17 June release date.

Admittedly, I have the same concerns for Lantern as I did for Thor (which, actually, I ended up really liking). Namely that all the crazy CGI and space-y stuff will feel too hokey when set down next to a modern-day Earth setting. That said, it does have some pluses going for it – Blake Lively impressed with The Town (tonally a million miles away from Lantern, true), Ryan Reynolds can be charismatic if he checks the goofy gurning at the door (see Buried), and director Martin Campbell is definitely no hack (he gave us Casino Royale and GoldenEye, but he also gave us the woeful Edge Of Darkness).

In short: jury’s still out concerning whether or not Warner Bros can turn Lantern into a massive money-maker while delivering something of franchise-birthing quality. But based on promo work like this, which is just too Photoshop-heavy for my taste, we’re still in for a very rough ride.