Martin Campbell Regrets Directing 'Green Lantern'
"Superhero movies are not my cup of tea, and for that reason, I shouldn't have done it"
Published Aug 13, 2021Green Lantern director Martin Campbell agrees — his movie wasn't all that great.
In a recent interview with ScreenRant, the Casino Royale director looked back on the 2011 Ryan Reynolds-starring box office flop with a few regrets and some good humour, saying that he "shouldn't have done it."
"The film did not work, really. That's the point, and I'm partly responsible for that. I shouldn't have done it. Because with something like Bond — I love Bond, and I watched every Bond film before I ever directed it," he said.
Campbell had many well-documented scuffles with Warner Bros. over creative control of the film, but claims that regardless of studio interference, he just wasn't the right man for the job.
"Superhero movies are not my cup of tea, and for that reason, I shouldn't have done it. But directors always have to carry the can for the failures. What do they say? Success has many fathers, failure has one. And that's me."
Exclaim!'s review panned the film for its "sloppy story structure, inconsistent art design and unassertive direction."
Campbell's hopefully-more-successful next project is the upcoming The Protégé, an action thriller starring Michael Keaton, Maggie Q and Samuel L. Jackson. The Protégé hits theatres on August 20.