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“Green Lantern” sequel plans questioned by critics

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The news was surprising, to say the least. As Martin Campbell’s attempt to bring D.C. Comics’ “Green Lantern” to the screen posted another $18 million at the box office, Warner let it be known that it was interested in pursuing a sequel.

Sources inside the studio said that they still have faith in the potential of the superhero franchise, even though they were “somewhat disappointed” with film’s box office performance so far, THR reports. “Lantern” hasn’t crossed the coveted $100M mark in its first two weekends, and lost 66% of its audience in week two (which has been an average number for summer blockbusters, though “Thor” (47%) and “X-Men” (56%) held better in their respective showings).

Still, reports say Warner is willing to invest in what could end up being a lucrative franchise.

But critics weren’t buying it on Sunday.

“Of course WB is going to say its still pursuing a GREEN LANTERN sequel. They’re trying to squeeze every last buck out of that bomb,” Jeff Sneider of Variety tweeted.

Devin Faraci wrote an entire column explaining why WB would say they are interested in a sequel, summing up, “The real world reason can be summed up as such: Harry Potter. The studio’s cash cow ends in a couple of weeks, and they need something to replace it.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • June 27, 2011 | Permalink |

    No matter what the critics say, and no matter what the reason; if this turns out to be true, it’s bloody brilliant news!

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