The IESB have had a chance to sit down with Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern. After reading the screenplay through it appears that first impressions are very good; Berlanti and writers Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green have got the character just right. (Unlike some unmentionable Jack Black treatment).
To setup the story, it opens with a narrative;
With the revelation of Oa and The Central Battery with a voice over narration explaining that 1) there are extraterrestrials that protect the universe, 2) they have power rings, 3) there are thousands of Green Lanterns and 4) one of us has become one of them.
Continuing, the plot arc follows the ‘traditional’ Hal Jordan / Green Lantern route, making sure to include a battle scene between Legion and Abin Sur; Sur’s crashing to Earth and the “choosing of Hal Jordan over Guy Gardner and Clark Kent”.
IESB’s Robert Sanchez also reveals this list of characters that are set to appear in the movie:
Martin Jordan (Hal’s father)
Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Citing that the Sinestro plot arc has changed somewhat — in keeping with a setup story and storing more for a possible sequel. This leaves Hector Hammond as the central threat to Earth. This script heavily focuses on the science fiction elements — with interstellar travel and other galaxies. Whilst the reality hit that the Dark Knight gave us may have swayed studios away form the fantastical, I’m sure with the release of Star Trek they’ll all be rushing to cash in on the next big scifi phenomenon; as fickle as this business is.
First word from the studio exec’s is that this is good, no word of a budget yet but the murmurings are encouraging.