David S. Goyer Named as Possible Green Lantern Corps Director

DC still doesn't quite have a basic working cinematic universe, but they are already laying the groundwork for a Marvel-style expanded universe. One of the films they have slated, which could potentially literally expand the DC universe quite extensively, is a Green Lantern Corps movie - which is not only in the works, but scheduled to start filming before year's end.

There are several steps that need to be taken before production can begin, of course - for instance, the project needs a director. A rumor has surfaced that superhero movie veteran David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), may step up to the Director's seat and helm the project himself.

Jeff Sneider of The Tracking Board discussed the possibility of Goyer Directing Green Lantern Corps on the Meet the Movie Press podcast:

“I’m hearing David Goyer could very well wind up directing Green Lantern Corps himself. When you look at screenwriters that are taking the plunge and directing these movies themselves, we saw rumors last month that Simon Kinberg was going to direct the next X-Men movie. David Goyer is responsible for this entire DC Universe, he wrote Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He wrote Man of Steel, he is the architect, if you will. He is writing and producing Green Lantern Corps, so it’s just very well, what I have heard, one of those situations where he could be like ‘Listen, I think I may be the best guy for the job, nobody knows this like I do.'”

Goyer's writing and producing bona fides are solid, but not without their flaws. Obviously. the failure of Batman vs. Superman is a shared failure of Goyer's writing and  Zack Snyder's directing, not to mention a host of creative decisions that drowned the film in darkness and never-ending tangents. But Goyer is, to date, as much of a failure at directing fun movies as Zack Snyder, though that may simply be because he hasn't directed anything so high profile yet. His IMDb page only lists seven total credits, the most high profile of which is 2004's Blade: Trinity. His only recent directorial credits are two episodes each of the television series Flashforward (2009) and Da Vinci's Demons (2013).

Still, one (very) bad movie from over a decade ago does not define a Director, particularly someone like Goyer who has an undeniable affinity for the source material. And Goyer's role as Green Lantern Corps Director is anything but set in stone - a tip on a podcast could mean the wheels are in motion, or it could mean nothing. This is especially true of the DC cinematic universe, in which dates, roles, writers, producers and directors are fluid and subject to change even after firm announcements are made. So this is anything but a certainty, but an interesting and bold choice if it does happen. Zack Snyder cannot manage the DC cinematic universe all on his own, and a large portion of the fans don't want him to. 

Green Lantern Corps, like The Batman, is still gestating. It's a ongoing story, and one which I will update as news trickles in.