The Green Lantern movie director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) spoke with Sci-Fi Wire this past weekend about his plans to keep the film grounded in reality even if its premise is otherworldly in origin.
“I think the thing to do is keep a sense of reality about it,” Campbell said. “Any time we talk about it, we sit in meetings, we have a cheese meter. We talk about de-cheesing any scene. So it’s quite funny. We’ve all sort of got a sort of cheese meter where that becomes our sort of yardstick in terms of keeping it, giving it some sense of reality.”
It’s easy to understand where Campbell and his team is coming from. Look no further than last summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine for countless moments of “cheese” that could have been avoided with a little more care put into the creative process.
“So often in these superhero movies, nobody seems to get hurt,” Campbell continued. “I remember seeing Wolverine, and he picks people up and hurls them 100 yards into a brick wall. These people, apparently unhurt, sort of get up and continue to fight just as strongly as they did before. Well, there’s something absurd about that, in my opinion.”
In addition to cash, it looks like another four-letter word, care, is being put into The Green Lantern. If the film proves to be a success then Campbell is all for turning it into a trilogy.
We should get our first idea of whether Campbell abides by his own words this summer when the first footage from The Green Lantern is expected (though not guaranteed) to debut at Comic-Con. Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard (not 100% confirmed but close) are set to star.