When Justice League – 41% came out in 2017, many fans of the DC movie universe were disappointed and assumed that the rumors had been true all along, that after the failure of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice – 27% Warner Bros. had intervened in the next film by Zack Snyder in the hope that it would not be as controversial, however, the result was much worse. Later it was confirmed that the same happened with Suicide Squad – 25% by David Ayer. Although it is well known that director’s cuts almost never make it to theaters, and on many occasions they are not even published, Warner Bros. has earned a reputation as a studio that does not treat its creatives well, and the aforementioned complaints those of Martin Campbell (La Mascara Del Zorro – 83%, 007: Casino Royale – 95%, The Relentless – 67%), director of Green Lantern – 26%.
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10 years ago the film starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool – 84%, Squad 6 – 70%, Free Guy: Taking Control – 96%), and in that same year Marvel Studios released Captain America: The First Avenger – 79%. Competition between the two companies was interrupted by the failure of Green LanternWhile Marvel continued to build its cinematic universe and add characters, DC Comics left Green Lantern as a stumbling block that was best forgotten, and even the protagonist refused to see her until this year, when he declared that she was not as bad as he believed.
However, it seems that Campbell has not been able to make peace with the film as he did. Ryan Reynolds, because in a recent question and answer session in Reddit, when asked about the worst fight he has ever had, answered the following (via Cinemablend):
With Warner executives, for Green Lantern.
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Although he did not give details about the fights he had for the film, he did make it clear that he is fed up with superhero cinema and would not even be interested in directing something for Marvel, as this is what he answered when asked about what genre in which he has not worked would like to direct:
I would love to work on a comedy! I think I would do a good job. Marvel? Forget it. I screwed it up once, never again.
Unlike the cases of Zack Snyder (300 – 60%, Watchmen, The Watchers – 65%, The Man of Steel – 55%) and David Ayer (Last Shift – 85%, Bright – 31%, Hearts of Iron – 77%), it looks like we won’t see any #ReleaseTheCampbellCut campaigns, but Warner is trying to redeem itself with a new HBO Max exclusive Green Lantern series that will have a movie budget, unlike most DC Comics series that feature with mediocre budgets, resulting in very low production values.
Another version of Green Lantern was destined to appear in League of Justice, and when thanks to Snyder fans he was able to finish his court, Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 82% filmed a scene with the actor Wayne T. Carr, which would play Green Lantern, but Warner Bros. lobbied for the scene to be removed. The filmmaker wanted to fight to keep it, but in the end he gave in and changed the character for Martian Manhunter
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The DC film universe is fragmented into individual stories that increasingly lose their connection with the world to which they supposedly belong, the most recent case is that of The Suicide Squad – 91%, sequel to Suicide Squad It seems like a reboot for so many changes that were made to the returning characters.
Who knows if in the future Warner Bros. will give more creative freedom to its directors, the only thing we know is that according to James Gunn (Crawling Creatures – 86%, Super – 48%, Guardians of the Galaxy – 91%), he did have a lot of freedom when performing Suicide squad and the series of Peacemaker para HBO Max.
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