D.C. movie news, Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Superman!

Lots of news lately on the cinematic front for D.C. Having fallen behind cross-town rival Marvel in the movie game, D.C. seems determined to catch up. They’ve got several films in various stages of development currently. Here’s some of the latest happenings on a few.

Newsarama recently talked to Marc Guggenheim, co-screenwriter on the Green Lantern film, who said that movie is progressing “along at a pretty hefty clip.” Shooting is scheduled to begin next year. Ryan Gosling is currently rumored to be in the lead for the role of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Earth and the rest of sector 2814. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, with today’s special effects, Green Lantern has the potential to be one of the coolest super-hero movies of all time. Green Lanterns, with their rings that have the ability to create anything the wielder can imagine, have always been one of the more visually interesting super-heros and if done right, fans will be in for a treat. Even if the movie will be featuring the Hal Jordan GL, instead of the far superior Kyle Rayner, I’m really looking forward to this one.

In other casting news, Variety reports Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, The Goonies) is being talked about as Jonah Hex, an ex-confederate soldier turned bounty hunter in the Old West, known for his hideously scarred face and taciturn ways.  While not a super-hero in the traditional definition, Jonah Hex is an interesting character with quite a few good stories under his belt. I personally recommend Joe Lansdale’s “Two-Gun Mojo“and “Riders of the Worm and Such”.

Finally, director of the original Superman, Richard Donner has a suggestion for who should write the next Superman movie: Geoff Johns. Donner discussed it while talking to the LA Times (he also mentions that Lethal Weapon 5 isn’t happening after all. Thank goodness.) . The two have some experience together having co-written a Superman arc in Action Comics. DC has already decided that they’ll follow in the footsteps of the recent Batman movies and reboot the franchise from the ground up, ignoring 2006’s “soft” reboot. Which is probably for the best, I really like Bryan Singer, but that one was such a disappointment. Any movie where Lex Luthor throws more punches than Superman is bound to be terrible.

Geoff Johns is already going to be working on Smallville, introducing the Legion of Super-Heroes to the show. I still think they should give the project to Mark Millar, but Johns would be a step in the right direction.

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