Remember the summer of 2011? Marvel dazzled audiences with the first Thor movie, J.J. Abrams released his homage to early Steven Spielberg films with the movie Super 8, and Ryan Reynolds starred as Hal Jordan in the horrible, horrible Green Lantern movie. Based on the DC Comics property, Green Lantern was supposed to help DC compete with Marvel when it came to big-screen comics outings not focusing on Batman. Well, that didn’t happen.
So, when Marvel announced that their cosmic comic book heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy were going to get their own movie, some worried that it might follow in Green Lantern‘s footsteps and become a box office disappointment. In an interview with IGN, super-producer Kevin Feige talks about how Marvel is doing everything in their power to prevent Guardians of the Galaxy from becoming the new Green Lantern. Here’s Feige:
…Iron Man 3 has as much CG as any movie we’ve ever made, and I hope it doesn’t feel like Green Lantern. And it’s all about the aesthetic you go for and already we have an art department as impressive as any art department I’ve ever seen in London on Guardians. And it’s, you know, designing things and believing that they’re real when part of the team’s made up of a raccoon and a tree.
From everything coming out about Guardians of the Galaxy, it sounds like the film will be funny, exciting, and heartfelt. Those were three elements Green Lantern‘s power ring couldn’t conjure up for that movie. Then again, Marvel has a better track record on the big screen in recent years, but Guardians of the Galaxy does have something of an uphill battle. They’re not exactly a household name, and the comic book is really, really strange.
We’ll see if Guardians of the Galaxy can avoid the pitfalls of Green Lantern when it hits theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.