Can McQuarrie Break Through The DCEU’s Blackest Night?
It’s been a busy week for the DCEU. Joss Whedon exited the Batgirl film. Kristen Wiig entered talks to play Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2. Now, WB wants Christopher McQuarrie to head the Green Lantern Corps movie. The studio’s last attempt at documenting the exploits of Green Lantern left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. But, they seem eager to get it right. Ironically, the last Green Lantern director is no stranger to spy films. Martin Campbell directed two of the best James Bond films, GoldenEye and Casino Royale.
Reportedly, Mission: Impossible writer and director Christopher McQuarrie are on the studio’s shortlist to direct Green Lantern Corps. McQuarrie is an accomplished screenwriter, responsible for films like The Usual Suspects and The Wolverine. Lately, he’s taken up the director’s chair and partnered with Tom Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, and Jack Reacher. All those films are well-received blockbusters with competent direction and story structure (he also wrote each of the films). So he seems like a no-brainer to take the reins of a troubled franchise and help turn it around.
Furthermore, if McQuarrie helms Green Lantern Corps, there is a chance he’ll bring his buddy Tom Cruise along for the ride. If so, that would lend a lot of box office clout to the project and could provide the DCEU with the pedigree it needs to correct its course. Besides, Cruise is looking for a new cinematic universe since Universal’s Dark Universe collapsed before it started. Any way you slice it, Christopher McQuarrie is good for the DCEU. He has a track record of playing nice with studios and delivering big action films on time and on budget. That kind of consistency is what the DCEU needs in this tumultuous time. Yes, it’s rocky for those heroes, but hope might be on the way. Also, go watch Edge of Tomorrow if you haven’t. And, if you have, watch it again. It’s fantastic.