It’s become clear that Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in the Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern movie. They must be seeing something incredible from the Louisiana set. Because putting money into the first film in a B-level superhero franchise is one thing, but starting work on sequel before principal photography is wrapped on the first is something different entirely.
Heat Vision is reporting today that Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim — the trio responsible or the first Green Lantern script — have been called back to Oa to begin work on a sequel. These three have also been asked to write a treatment on another DC superhero, The Flash.
And there’s where it gets interesting. Think about the way Marvel Studios has worked their properties together. They use a lot of the same writers for different projects, allowing them to (hopefully) seamlessly match tone from one movie to the next. It allows for cross-over. Add to that the fact that this Flash incarnation is said to take inspiration from the work of Geoff Johns (whose Green Lantern is currently being committed to celluloid) and will feature Barry Allen, and we’ve got ourselves some room for a conspiracy.
Here’s what I’m thinking. Green Lantern will feature a reference to The Flash in some way. Most likely it will be subtle. Then a Green Lantern sequel will cross the paths of the two characters, who have been known (in the comic world) to get together in the past. It’s a sound theory, one that explains why these to projects would be in simultaneous development with the same writing team. Cross-over is also something that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have not been able to accomplish yet. But judging by the success of Marvel’s Avengers plan, they’d be wise to start now.
The only question that remains is whether or not Green Lantern will earn its sequel. Going back to Marvel, their smart play was to wait until after Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk found success to unleash their plans for Captain America, Thor, a second Iron Man and the ultimate Avengers film. Warner Bros. is getting the ball rolling far earlier, which creates far more risk. Then again, maybe they are seeing something on set that’s going to make Green Lantern a sure winner. Lets hope that’s the case.