While Warner Bros. Pictures Green Lantern Corps is still a number of years off, the excitement around famed Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns taking over scripting duties means he is already fielding questions about its development. Since the plan was only announced a few months ago, Johns himself admits the script is still in an early stage of development — the trickiest time to talk about a film’s possible storyline.
And as he told Comicbook.com during Comic-Con, it is too early to make any definitive statements about the project. Nonetheless, the name itself signals that the film will play to Johns’ strength as a writer of Green Lantern comics: the Corps concept. In fact, Johns told the site, “people know my run from Green Lantern and so they shouldn’t be too surprised by seeing what we bring into it.” Johns’ revitalization of the title in the early 21st Century included reviving the Green Lanterns as an intergalactic police force and a massive expansion of the underlying mythology, including the way the power rings work.
At the same time, he mentioned he must “make sure we’ve got the best story to tell and the best way into this character,” which suggests the film, like the 2011 Green Lantern, will predominately focus on one Green Lantern rather than allow the film to be more of an ensemble piece with meaty roles for characters like Jessica Cruz, Salaak, John Stewart, Tomar Re, or G’Nort.
Nonetheless, Johns has a great affection for the title; something we discussed in great detail on the set of the 2011 movie. But as that movie illustrates, bringing the Green Lanterns to movie screens is a surprisingly difficult thing to pull off. Will he be able to preserve the things fans love about his run while positioning the Corps into a long-standing movie franchise? Time will tell.
Green Lantern Corps is provisionally set for release on July 24th, 2020.