Warner Bros. Coughs Up More Green For Green Lantern Effects

Warner Bros. Coughs Up More Green For Green Lantern Effects

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It's late in the game, but Warner Bros. is spending an extra $9 million to make Green Lantern look better.

Warner Bros. acknowledged that its visual effects in the original Green Lantern trailer definitely left a lot to be desired. That said, the footage that on display at WonderCon looked a lot better and left fans much more satisfied with how the movie looked. However, it's been revealed that the special effects budget for the movie has risen by another $9 million, and another effects studio has been drafted to do some more work on the film.

Seeing as how the movie is due out in less than three months, this sounds more than a little worrisome for Warner Bros. Apparently, though, this is apparently pretty par-for-the-course when it comes to "visual effects-heavy tentpoles":

"Such pics now routinely fit the description of a 'troubled' project, with 'troubled' the new normal. And key players in the f/x biz say that with crunches mounting, it's only a matter of time before some f/x-heavy tentpole can't meet its delivery date -- a nightmare no studio has faced since Titanic. Should a tentpole be forced to change dates, the ripple effects on a studio, its rivals, exhibitors and tie-ins will be widespread and injurious to bottom lines."

Apparently Green Lantern isn't the only movie that's having last-minute visual effects being done. The studio working on Captain America is scrambling a bit because the film's on a somewhat shorter schedule than everyone would prefer, but deadlines are being met and it looks like the film will be released when it's supposed to. Meanwhile, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon has at least one studio pulling seven-day weeks with twelve-hour days; reportedly, the studio's Easter holiday was canceled for the effects artists.

However, while the last minute effects with Green Lantern sound a little suspect, Warner Bros. has been quick to assure fans that the movie is on track. Chris de Faria, Warner's exec VP of digital production, animation and visual effects, said "There is no problem on Green Lantern. We try to add things to make the movie better until the 11th hour. That doesn't mean we're risking the movie up to the 11th hour."

Here's hoping these additions will make for a good movie.

Source: Variety

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A costume would have probably been cheaper. And look better.

Just sayin'.

Apparently throwing money at the problem does work.

It's funny, but not that long ago movies didn't even have special effects or CGI and now look at how thing have changed. Hum, 100 years and tons of dollars.

Irridium:
A costume would have probably been cheaper. And look better.

Just sayin'.

Wouldn't fit with the fact that Green Lantern's don't actually wear a material costume though.

This isn't very surprising, CGI isn't finished until about a month before the release of the movie. They still have 2 months to go for this project. A lot can happen in that time.

Irridium:
A costume would have probably been cheaper. And look better.

Just sayin'.

I like the costume, except the feet. They should just give him boots.

GiantRaven:

Irridium:
A costume would have probably been cheaper. And look better.

Just sayin'.

Wouldn't fit with the fact that Green Lantern's don't actually wear a material costume though.

They could just engulf him in green light, then show him in his outfit. And do the same when changing back.

Mark Strong plays Sinestro. Of course it'll be good! :)

Irridium:
They could just engulf him in green light, then show him in his outfit. And do the same when changing back.

No that's not what I'm trying to say. If the Green Lantern costume actually looked like a real piece of clothing, then it wouldn't be how it's portrayed in the comics, where it's a construct of the ring.

And damn, I hate how comic book nerdingly nitpicky that sounds... =P

GiantRaven:

Irridium:
They could just engulf him in green light, then show him in his outfit. And do the same when changing back.

No that's not what I'm trying to say. If the Green Lantern costume actually looked like a real piece of clothing, then it wouldn't be how it's portrayed in the comics, where it's a construct of the ring.

And damn, I hate how comic book nerdingly nitpicky that sounds... =P

He DOES have boots in the comics though right?

HankMan:
He DOES have boots in the comics though right?

Yeah, you got me there. =P

I do think this toed version is hilariously fantastic though.

GiantRaven:

HankMan:
He DOES have boots in the comics though right?

Yeah, you got me there. =P

I do think this toed version is hilariously fantastic though.

I just hope there's no such thing as "lantern rash"!

Apparently this news is so apparent that apparently no one needed to write an apparent story about its apparent content.

Seriously, you used "apparently" like four times.

A Curious Fellow:
Apparently this news is so apparent that apparently no one needed to write an apparent story about its apparent content.

Seriously, you used "apparently" like four times.

Meh, apparently it's a nice, useful word.

Although I must question the wisdom of a sentence like "Apparently, though, this is apparently pretty par-for-the-course when it comes to "visual effects-heavy tentpoles". Apparently, it is twice as apparent that these visual effects-heavy tentpoles are apparently pretty par-for-the-apparent-course. Apparently.

GiantRaven:

Irridium:
They could just engulf him in green light, then show him in his outfit. And do the same when changing back.

No that's not what I'm trying to say. If the Green Lantern costume actually looked like a real piece of clothing, then it wouldn't be how it's portrayed in the comics, where it's a construct of the ring.

And damn, I hate how comic book nerdingly nitpicky that sounds... =P

It still looked like a costume in the comics though. Or, on the comic covers at least.

Andronicus:

A Curious Fellow:
Apparently this news is so apparent that apparently no one needed to write an apparent story about its apparent content.

Seriously, you used "apparently" like four times.

Meh, apparently it's a nice, useful word.

Although I must question the wisdom of a sentence like "Apparently, though, this is apparently pretty par-for-the-course when it comes to "visual effects-heavy tentpoles". Apparently, it is twice as apparent that these visual effects-heavy tentpoles are apparently pretty par-for-the-apparent-course. Apparently.

Apparently we can't stop saying "Apparently". Apparently someone may get mad at us for saying it to much
Apparently.

I still don't see any white gloves. Why am I not seeing white gloves?

Someone thought the trailor's effects looked bad O.o. I thought it looked pretty good honestly.

The only thing going through my mind when reading this article? It is called Transformers:Dark of the Moon. I would say fix that, but honestly, that is something Michael Bay needs to fix.
Getting onto the actual article... I have no comment. I know nothing of the movie biz. If it is normal to add effect in the last couple of months, so be it for me to question it. I will say that the original effects looked cheesy, but I was still willing to see the movie before making final judgements.

"Should a tentpole be forced to change dates, the ripple effects on a studio, its rivals, exhibitors and tie-ins will be widespread and injurious to bottom lines."

Yes, all hell would break loose if we had to push back Green Lantern's cross-franchise Burger King collectible card game expanded universe prequel ARG. Probably it would signal the collapse of the global economy and herald a terrifying new era of brutal, senseless anarchy, in which man must face man in single combat, for the hedonistic entertainment of strange, feudal lords.

GiantRaven:

Irridium:
A costume would have probably been cheaper. And look better.

Just sayin'.

Wouldn't fit with the fact that Green Lantern's don't actually wear a material costume though.

Depends in what you go by, pretty sure Hal Jordan picks up a costume and a mask from the ship of the guy he gets a ring from in the Original comics (As read in Green Lantern Showcase)

When that is said, comics LOOOVE their retcons :P

The costume could've been worse. At least they didn't go with a Guy Gardner turtleneck & sleeveless leather jacket combo.

teknoarcanist:
"Should a tentpole be forced to change dates, the ripple effects on a studio, its rivals, exhibitors and tie-ins will be widespread and injurious to bottom lines."

Yes, all hell would break loose if we had to push back Green Lantern's cross-franchise Burger King collectible card game expanded universe prequel ARG. Probably it would signal the collapse of the global economy and herald a terrifying new era of brutal, senseless anarchy, in which man must face man in single combat, for the hedonistic entertainment of strange, feudal lords.

I'm glad I didn't have to go to the effort of saying all that, it's good to know everyone is on the same page.

I get the "uniform" is generated by the ring, but do they have to make it look like he's naked? That looks less like a superhero prepared to go into battle and more like he's one of those models with designs painted on them.

spectrenihlus:
I still don't see any white gloves. Why am I not seeing white gloves?

I'm right there with ya. Then again I'm still blinking at the feet. I don't get how having a costume that looks like the one the ring makes in the comics would be bad for the visual effects?

I'm not a visual effects afficianado though so I will be happy just a long as the story is good.

Yet my god it's still so weird to see Hal's toes......

NeonWraith:
The costume could've been worse. At least they didn't go with a Guy Gardner turtleneck & sleeveless leather jacket combo.

What? You don't think Brian Bosworth deserves his own movie? I felt that way myself back when I didn't think he deserved his own super hero....

Worst idea ever DC!! (looks back at the last 20 years in comics/modern mythology) Hokay maybe not.....

This is nothing new. As I recall, both of the recent CGI heavy Hulk movies were having major (at least in terms of budget) overhauls to their look this late in their production. Whether those overhauls were successful and money well spent is a separate debate. But the fact remains, this is not that unusual for a movie of this type.

Call me a comic nerd, but I'm hoping some of this latest $9 million is being spent on making the gloves white and smoothing out the fronts of his feet to hide the toes. Edginess and innovation is one thing, but there's a reason Hal wears basically the same costume that was created 50 years ago.

 

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