In brightest day, in blackest night. Geoff Johns hopes to get the new Green Lantern movie right.
The former co-president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, Johns is writing the script for Warner Bros.' Green Lantern Corps, intended to re-introduce the characters to a wider audience following the critical and commercial misfire of 2011's Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds.
Although the success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy would seem to help open the door for DC to explore its cosmic side on the big screen, Johns cautioned in an interview with Collider that can't simply try to replicate what James Gunn create.
"I agree, in both a similar way and a very different way, too," Johns said. "You can't just be like 'Oh, it's DC's Guardians of the Galaxy because James Gunn did such a great job on that.'" He added, "I'm trying to do what I did on the comics in a way -- do a rebirth."
Johns stressed the importance of making sure the script is exciting before the project takes any steps forward. "When we get that right, then we'll move ahead on the project," he said. "But we gotta get it right."
The popular comics writer gave a bit of extra hope to his fans, adding, "If people liked my run on Green Lantern, then hopefully they'll like what I'm doing."
There is no director attached to Green Lantern Corps, and reports from last year claim the movie will have a 2020 release.