There's a reason I'm excited about this summer more than I have been about the last few waves of superhero movies.
It feels to me like we're about to turn a corner, like the studios have all done the basic real-world origin story and supervillain story about as much as they can do it. More than they reasonably should have done it, actually. And it's time for the genre to either evolve or evaporate, so they're finally making the jump to the outrageous.
This summer, we're going to Asgard for the first time.
This summer, the Red Skull's chasing the Cosmic Cube around World War II.
And this summer, the Green Lantern Corps will gather on Oa.
I didn't think we'd ever get to the cosmic space opera comic books. It seemed to me like the decision-makers were all guys like Tom Rothman, guys who made decisions on franchises like "X-Men" based on personal feelings about things like giant robots, decisions that were also financial as much as creative, decisions that kept superhero films earthbound and somewhat contained.
Looking at that photo of Mark Strong as Sinestro, though, I have to say this about "Green Lantern": they're going for it. They aren't shying away from anything. He's perfect. He's a bright red John Waters. What else can anyone ask for from Sinestro?