DC Comics fans were stoked when Green Lantern hit the big screen in the summer of 2011. However, that excitement didn't last long. Although it had been hoped that the movie would launch a brand new franchise for Warner Bros., poor reviews and lukewarm audience reception lead to the Martin Campbell flick only grossing $220-Million worldwide.
Since then, leading man Ryan Reynolds has gone on to star in one of the year's biggest hits - Deadpool. The X-Men spinoff would reinvigorate the actor's career and gross a healthy $775-Million across the globe.
So, why did Deadpool succeed where Green Lantern failed? Reynolds weighs in:
“Well it’s simple: Deadpool always knew what it was,” Reynolds said while speaking to Entertainment Weekly. “With Green Lantern, I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as poosible. It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it. I did however write a letter to Fox right before I had to decide whether or not I was gonna do Green Lantern. I asked one last time sort of like the groom standing at the alter, ‘Will you please be my wife?’ and they said they couldn’t pull the trigger on Deadpool. For too many reasons too boring to illustrate, it just didn’t work.”
What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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