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“Green Lantern” movie to be shot in Sydney, Australia

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Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to begin shooting Green Lantern at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney this November.  The film’s budget is estimated to be around $150 million, which is approximately the amount Watchmen was made for.

The reason behind the choice of shooting location is because $150 million is actually worth a lot more in Sydney.  Not only has there been a large decline in value of the Australian dollar, but the Australian federal government is offering an additional 15% location rebate.

New South Wales premier Nathan Rees has stated that the “substantial investment in digital effects work will create hundreds of jobs.  Production is expected to employ 500 people at any given time, including 100 performers, 200 crew, and thousands of extras.”

Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye, The Legend of Zorro) is signed on to direct the film.

Green Lantern is currently aiming for a December 17, 2010 release date.

Ryan Gosling to portray the Green Lantern?

According to the folks over at latinoreview.com…yes.

Personally, I think a really hot choice!  Ryan Gosling is a dope actor and would kill the role. Remember folks that he is an Oscar nominee.  Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in the script is 27 and currently Ryan is 27 (his 28th birthday is next month).

Mind you, I don’t know if an offer has been made, and if WB is into it now with Ryan’s people, but once again Gosling is who I’m hearing the WB wants for Hal Jordan.

Now at this point I would probably go off on how this would be horrible casting for The Green Lantern but when I first heard that Heath Ledger would be portraying The Joker, I said the same thing. Though this is unconfirmed at this point, all we can do is wait and see who signs the contract.

“The Dark Superman” (?) and Warner Bros’ future plans with DC Comics

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Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has announced to The Wall Street Journal that he wants the studio to release as many as 8 movies a year, centered on DC Comics properties, by 2011.

Warner Bros. also put on hold plans for another movie starring multiple superheroes — known as “Batman vs. Superman” — after the $215 million “Superman Returns,” which had disappointing box-office returns, didn’t please executives. “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

Regarding a “Superman” reboot, past rumored projects such as “Batman vs. Superman”, “Justice League”, and other DC characters that have yet to make it to film, here’s what he had to say:

With “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League” stalled, Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel’s model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film. “Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own,” Mr. Robinov says.

Like the recent Batman sequel — which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far — Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as “The Dark Knight.” Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.’ DC properties. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it,” he says. That goes for the company’s Superman franchise as well.

So “TDS”, eh? (Why does the word, chlamydia, come to mind? Hmm…) I, personally, don’t think this is the best way to go with the franchise as it’ll defeat the whole yin and yang motif that exists between Batman and Superman. What do you guys think?

The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development.

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