Bryan Singer’s X-Men films spawned a new era of ‘realistic’ superhero films. Gone were the campy costumes and over-the-top villains, instead we were treated to superhero outings that could very well be taking place in our own depressing and ordinary world. This trend will likely be here for while with a new ‘gritty’ Spider-Man reboot on the way, and recently Green Lantern director Martin Campbell told Sci-Fi Wire that he will be keeping his film cheese-free.
“I think the thing to do is keep a sense of reality about it. Any time we talk about it, we sit in meetings, we have a cheese meter. We talk about de-cheesing any scene. So it’s quite funny. We’ve all sort of got a sort of cheese meter where that becomes our sort of yardstick in terms of keeping it, giving it some sense of reality.”
“So often in these superhero movies, nobody seems to get hurt. I remember seeing Wolverine, and he picks people up and hurls them 100 yards into a brick wall. These people, apparently unhurt, sort of get up and continue to fight just as strongly as they did before. Well, there’s something absurd about that, in my opinion.”
He has a point. But then again Wolverine and Sabretooth can heal, so even if they were hurt they wouldn’t be down for very long. Anyway, enough with the specifics. Campbell has just said he’ll be giving us a realistic, non-cheesy Green Lantern movie were people are hurt, and stay that way for a considerable length of time. I always knew he was a good choice for director!