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Green Lantern (2011): Studio Cuts Ruined Movie? Director's Cut on the way?

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 06/23/2011 - 00:48

pic Green Lantern seems to have tanked and been a flop with not only a majority of reviewers, but regular audience members, as well.

Just why was this? 

Well, did Warner Bros. screw it all up and cut the good parts? Or at least parts that would have made the movie seemingly better?

One site claims to have some inside knowledge about a "Director's Cut," and that the movie released on June 17th wasn't Martin Cambell's exact version.

This comes via Pajiba:

One thing I feel needs mentioning: this is not Martin Campbell’s cut of the film, but the studio’s. I live in New Orleans where it was shot, I read the shooting script, all of which was painstakingly filmed with intense research, and all of that was left on the cutting room floor — a sort of combination of what happened to Daredevil and Watchmen, respectively — character development sacrificed for CG, scenes made irrelevant by removing their setup. The movie in the theater starts with an explanation of mythos that is made redundant by the more natural, scripted questions from Hal when he gets the ring. Ten minutes of childhood Hal, Carol, and Hector that sets up Hal’s first ring construct is reduced to an awkwardly placed flashback in the middle of another scene. The training with the ring is almost completely excised except for one minor scene. Most appallingly, the ending completely deletes the fact that Kilowog, Sinestro, and Toma-Re arrive at the end and help Hal defeat Parallax. Not to mention Parallax was supposed to be a 3rd act reveal after we spend the film worried about Hammond going evil, not the main villain for the entire film. I sincerely hope we get a director’s cut or at least all the deleted scenes on the video release.

They even go into details about some of the original drafts and plot lines - and how that might have even been better.

Update: For more on the original draft check out our Green Lantern Report: Is This Kilowog? that featured a first look at the GLC Drill Sargeant.

Who knows, maybe we'll get an extended cut Director's Edition once GL goes to DVD.

The Green Lantern movie opens in theaters June 17th, 2011 starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, Mark Strong as Sinestro and Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur.

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