Green Lantern Battling Special-Effects Crisis


Warner Bros. is shelling out a little more green to get Green Lantern finished. Variety reports that thanks to the movie's rushed production schedule and effects-heavy look, the studio is adding $9 million to the budget in an emergency allocation to make sure Lantern is done on time. Despite the last-minute panic, that sort of problem has become the norm for summer tentpoles, with other movies like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America rushing to make their release dates. Maybe the studios should listen to Harrison Ford, who grumbled about the rise of special effects to the L.A. Times: "With the CGI, suddenly there's a thousand enemies instead of six — the army goes off into the horizon. You don't need that," the Cowboys & Aliens star said. "The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That's something that's consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that's a soulless enterprise. It's all kinetics without emotion. I don't have time for that." [Variety, Hero Complex/LAT]