Just when I thought that the summer was going to be defined by a set of great tentpole films (I really liked both X-Men: First Class and Super 8) I sat through the dreck that is Green Lantern. Based on a storyline that is more suited for Saturday morning cartoons than a big screen production, the film had the awkward feel of a children’s made-for-TV animation that got redefined along the way to be a live-action “adult” movie.
Movies based on comic book characters are a tricky business, because there’s a decision to be made about whether to be completely true to the original source material even when it might be juvenile and a poorly thought out story, or whether to reinvent and reimagine the character to create a compelling screen character for our contemporary culture. A lot of films drag down somewhere between these two extremes, films like The Hulk, Fantastic Four or X-Men: The Last Stand, and end up expensive flops. Other films work with strong source material and come out great: The Dark Knight is an amazing reimagining of Batman as a dark, tortured character very much in line with the original comic book character.