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All Those Rumors About GREEN LANTERN... They

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Jack Black has closed his deal. He will be playing Green Lantern in a film that has been described as a “zany comedy version a la THE MASK.” All rights to the DC comic have been worked out as well, so you can expect to start hearing more about this project in the months ahead.

As I understand it, DC Comics tried desperately to dodge this bullet, but ultimately, they don’t have the right to veto something if Warner Bros. really wants to make it happen. This is the problem with the way DC’s deal with their corporate overlords is structured. Their hands are tied. As much as they are aware of the problem with this approach to the material, they just have to sit back and watch it happen along with fans of the character and the rich mythology that has been established over the long run of the various GREEN LANTERN titles.

I like Jack Black. I really do. I’m dying to see what he does in KING KONG because I trust the director and the rest of the creative team, and I have a feeling they’ll find the right way to harness his energy. But this GREEN LANTERN gives me gas right away. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Maybe they’ll find a way to make it funny without totally trashing everything that’s ever made the title great. And maybe this’ll be exactly as godawful as it sounds. Either way, this one just passed from “rumor” to “confirmed news,” so brace yourselves, comic fans. It’s coming...

To be fair, Rich Johnston over at Lying in the Gutters mentioned this rumor in a recent column. We've been following this story for about two months or so now, waiting until it was official. DC Comics has done their very best to cockblock the decision, and we didn't want to start writing about it until it was a done deal, holding out hope that someone would wise up. Strange... as of this morning, it looks like the big three DC characters are all being treated right. Superman with Bryan Singer and Daughterty/Harris, Batman with Nolan and Goyer, and Wonder Woman in the capable hands of Laeta Kalogridis. So why can't they get any of their second string characters right? Time will tell...

"Moriarty" out.

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