Taking something awesome and just making meh is unforgivable. Take Ant-man for example. I had zero interest in the comic and anything to do with it. But I said fuck it, and gave the movie a shot. I immediately became invested in all the main characters. With the exception of the villain because he had very little backstory, everyone else was interesting. And this was a movie based on a comic hero I couldn't give a shit about with (what I thought) was a boring and useless power.
Now take GL which I've seen a lot in animation with a superpower I think is interesting. Almost immediately I don't really care about the character even though the two movies already have a few similarities (hell, they even both go to a kid's birthday party). I'm not really that invested in him or the girl or the rest of the core. The lesser villain was forgettable (the teacher). They're not horrible...just...OK. And that's unforgivable. And I do believe Reynolds did the best he could given the script/director. Not blaming him.
Massive budget cut halfway through production. All of the space shit was gorgeous, all of the Earth stuff looked like trash. Also the attempt to make it like Iron Man. It's like they made a quarter of a good movie, chopped it up and patched it into a terrible movie.
>>79035435 The movie was badly structured. Geoff Johns was thinking about it from the perspective of someone writing a multi-part comic book arc, and that doesn't work well in a movie where you need to have a specific set of escalating beats. They showed all the good stuff early on in the movie, had the biggest-scale action scene somewhere in the middle that felt underdeveloped, and then they had another climax.
They should have had Hal learn to use the ring and suit on his own, do his superheroics on earth, then the shit with Parallax and Hammond happens, followed by Hal fighting Parallax and then finally the Corps shows up and they all fight Parallax together. Hal is taken back to Oa where he is officially brought into the Corps and we see some of his training during the epilogue.
That's a simple fix. I think the fans would have preferred Training Day in Space, but even with a simple restructuring of what order events take place in, the movie would have been 10x more enjoyable. Instead, we saw all the cool stuff in space early on, and then after that everyone is just reacting to his green suit which we've already seen hundreds of, not to mention all the other stuff on Oa which was much cooler and more exciting. The movie basically tripped over itself.
Also, the Corps vs. Parallax scene just felt like a waste. Not only did they get their asses handed to them only for Hal to beat Parallax solo later on, but the scene played out like a music video, or a video game. I'm not really sure which, but in either case it didn't feel like I was watching a movie. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Star Wars but I think they could have done a much better space battle than that.
I don't hate the movie, but at the same time I understand fully why it flopped.
>>79037350 Really Hammond would have been fine if they did him well and didn't shoehorn Parallax in, in fact he basically would have worked like a copy of Obediah Stane from the first Iron Man. That''s the problem with the movie, it feels like an Iron Man clone and a more Gil Kane-esque space movie just kind of smushed together lazily.
It tried to be two movies simultaneously: the one Warner Bros wanted, and the one DC wanted, and failed at both.
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