Green Lantern Co-Writer Mark Guggenheim on the Cast, Script Cuts, and "Easter Eggs," Including the Superman Cameo
Now that the first trailer for DC's latest comic book movie adaptation, Green Lantern, has debuted, we have an idea of the tone that director Martin Campbell is going for, how Hal (Ryan Reynolds) and Carol (Blake Lively) will interact and what the legendary Green Lantern costume will look like, but so much still remains a mystery. The trailer only included snippets of footage of Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong as Hector Hammond and Sinestro, respectively, and we only saw a handful of the other, alien, Green Lantern Corps members. Plus, whatever happened to the Clark Kent/Superman cameo?
In a recent interview with MTV, Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote the Green Lantern (GL) script with Michael Green and Greg Berlanti, opened up about a whole host of GL topics, from the casting to script cuts and "Easter Eggs." He even sheds some light on Superman's cut cameo and hints that it may not be gone for good.
Guggenheim said that he has seen "a fair amount" of footage from GL and that he was blown away by it. He said that the look is "unlike anything you've ever seen" before and that the cast, Sarsgaard in particular, will really impress.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are so good together it is ridiculous. Peter Sarsgaard is unbelievable. People are going to draw comparisons in his performance to Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. It is just that good. Mark Strong is ridiculously great. The cast is amazing.
Guggenheim revealed one of the lesser-known Corps members that will be appearing in the movie and which of the fan-favorite Lanterns from the comics did not make it into the movie.
I can pretty much promise that Ch'p [a squirrel Lantern] will not be in the movie. Martin’s favorite Lantern, who is in the movie, is Bzzd [a bee Lantern].
Guggenheim went on to say that when he was working on the GL script he tried to throw in as many little DC Comics references or "Easter Eggs" for fans to look for as he possible.
The whole point of writing a script, particularly when it is going into production, is to play around with a bunch of different things. Some things get changed for creative reasons. Some things get changed for budgetary reasons. Some things get changed just because you think you come up with a better idea. You play around.... I think there will be plenty of Easter Eggs in the movie on other fronts. I’m a sucker for those.
The Clark Kent/Superman cameo was one of those Easter Eggs that didn't make it into the final draft of the script, but Guggenheim teased that the cameo may not be dead just yet.
The Clark Kent cameo is still near and dear to my heart. I really wanted it to be in the movie. You never know—it can still happen. If [Smallville's] Tom Welling has a free hour or two, you never know.
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