4:59pm PT by Georg Szalai
New York Comic Con: DC Entertainment Creative Chief Hopeful for 'Green Lantern' Film Sequel
NEW YORK - Geoff Johns, chief creative officer at DC Entertainment, a unit of Time Warner's Warner Bros., expressed hope here Friday that there will be another Green Lantern film.
Speaking on a panel at New York Comic Con, he said: "There is the hope that we will eventually see one." The Warner Bros. film that focused on the superhero earlier this year was seen as a box office disappointment. Johns at some point during Friday's panel said about this summer's Green Lantern film that "obviously, you want it to be as big as Titanic." But he added: "I hope that the character gets another film, and it will be live-action again - I guarantee."
TW chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said previously that this summer's release, featuring Ryan Reynolds, "did not live up to expectations - fell fairly far short of those."
A decision on a potential sequel would come "in due course," Bewkes also said. Sources previously told The Hollywood Reporter though that Warner Bros. was not giving up on a sequel.
Speaking during a panel entitled "Green Lantern All Access," Johns on Friday said that while critics said the movie didn't have enough character development - a feeling also expressed by an audience member during the panel - he was happy that it introduced the Green Lantern character to a lot of new people.
"There was a lot of really good stuff in the movie," Johns said, adding that a director's cut DVD that is being promoted right now includes added scenes that add to the protagonist's story and character.
Johns also mentioned the upcoming animated Green Lantern series on TW's Cartoon Network. "With the new animated series, Green Lantern is only going to get bigger," he said.
Highlighting that it is the first CGI animated series based on a DC character, Johns also promised fans that "there will be more" such series. He didn't provide further details though.
Also at New York Comic Con on Friday, Johns announced that the Robot Chicken series on TW cable network Adult Swim will do a DC Comics special next summer that will be in the vein of the show's Star Wars special.