Warcraft Director: Green Lantern Is Dumb

The much maligned Green Lantern struggles to be a fan favorite in the world of DC, competing against the Justice League heroes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman. The list goes on. With Green Lantern Corps hoping to reinvigorate the franchise that stalled spectacularly in 2011 with Ryan Reynolds, one man made a categorical statement to slam the character in a very public way.

Duncan Jones, English director of Warcraft and 2009's award winning picture Moon starring Sam Rockwell, took to his personal Twitter account to lambast the green hero for his powers and how he fits into the dynamic of DC. Holding a ring that can virtually gift unlimited abilities to create anything he wants, Jones believed there is nothing interesting about the hero. An alter ego that has been played by a mixture of Alan Scott, Guy Gardener, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

No Wit In "Dumb Jock" Green Lantern: Jones

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Jones' comments could be read one of two ways. From pure hatred to constructive criticism. The 2011 installment failed on a number of counts. But one thing many could not get their heads around was a hero who could imagine an object from a ring and use it at will.

"Green Lantern should be about a simple-minded jock who has to come up with imaginative, new ideas every time he uses the rings," began Jones on Twitter. "The limit on the rings power should not be about battery life, but the need to be original every time you use it. The hook in the 'dumb jock' version of Green Lantern is that he has the power, but lacks the wits to use it. Endearingly frustrating. Anyway, I'm not doing Green Lantern. I think he's dumb 🙂 Hope someone proves me wrong."

Reynolds Was Writing Deadpool As He Was Shooting GL


Going into the audition never expecting to actually get the nod from the studio and filmmakers at DC, Ryan Reynolds was offered the role of Hal Jordan. What they didn't know is that he was busy working away for his beloved Marvel project Deadpool. Speaking with THR, the 40-year old outlined how the bizarre events took place.

"I quickly called the executive I knew at Fox who had Deadpool and I said, 'Look, I am standing at the altar right now, and I'm about to say "I do" to someone else. I will walk away from this if you even think that you can make a Deadpool movie with me.' And he said, 'Unfortunately, no, I don't think that that's gonna happen."

That setback was a disappointment for Reynolds, until he got the go-ahead while he was working for the rival superhero franchise.

"The weird plot twist was, somehow, some way, Deadpool got reinvigorated at Fox while it was happening. ... What a lot of people don't know is (writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) flew to New Orleans and, while I was shooting Green Lantern, we were actually all together writing Deadpool."

Source: Collider, Epic Stream