Mark Millar ponders ‘Green Lantern’ box office failure

The 'Kick-Ass' writer reckons 'DC Comics' tend not to work in live-action

Comics writer Mark Millar has suggested that DC Comics titles are not suitable for live action movies.

The creator of smash hit Kick-Ass and the brains behind the UK’s Kapow Comic Con was speaking after disappointing numbers for the publisher’s Green Lantern adaptation. The film made $18.4 million (£11.4m) in its second week at the US box office, a 65.5% drop from its opening week.

Writing on his blog at, he claimed that Batman is DC‘s only character that works well in live action.

He said: “Batman works because he’s more human for the big screen and more empathetic, but I fear The Flash and others would just meet the same fate as Green Lantern. They’re just too outrageous to provide tension in a live action format and I’d love to see them done, Pixar style, as brilliant, theatrical animated movies. Aquaman talking underwater would have us wincing in live action. In a cartoon we wouldn’t even blink. Some stuff just doesn’t suit the format.”

However, the Scottish writer pointed out that despite the relative failure of Green Lantern, the genre remains one of the biggest in Hollywood. He continued: “Any Chicken Littles complaining about Green Lantern being a flop and ruining everything must look at the big picture and remember it’s far rosier than any other genre.”

“Our track record in comic books has been incredible since Goyer and Norrington changed the game with Blade, Singer carried it through with X-Men and Sam Raimi slam-dunked with Spidey. In the decade that followed we’ve had monster hits from almost unknown characters.”

The Dark Knight Rises is set for release next year.