I remember watching Ryan Reynolds spout off the Green Lantern oath at Comic-Con a few years ago because a kid asked him to. It was actually a pretty cool moment and all 6500 of us in Hall H got really excited about the film. Unfortunately, the movie ended up being not even half as exciting as it was seeing Reynolds and the rest of the cast at Comic-Con itself.
Yeah, I’m not sure why it didn’t work out. Sure, the costume was a little odd, especially since it was CGI’d into place, but the story could’ve definitely been so much more than it was. Interestingly enough, director Marc Guggenheim had a different vision for the movie, or at least one part of the movie, and that could’ve made all the difference.
“I used my TV experience to try to develop multiple stories for it. I worked with an artist, and we drew out 20 or 30 images. I went in and pitched Warner Bros. and said, ‘This is what I think the three movies could be.’ In my mind, Green Lantern was always the thing that succeeded the most at mythology. There was this whole space-opera element. There were all these additional characters, the guardians of the universe who the Green Lantern Corps sort of work for.
It seemed to me that this character was an avenue, in a way, of getting to those other stories and characters. As a storyteller, there was a wealth of opportunities. I tried to winnow it down to as cohesive a story as possible and went in and told it to them, and they were incredibly responsive.”
Now storyboard artist Tim Burgard has been kind enough to share those original storyboards that Guggenheim used to sell the film, which show off some iconic Lantern scenes and some pretty epic set pieces that just didn’t look this cool in execution. Check out the art pitch below and let us know what you think: