Warner Bros. felt it had to apologize for that first Green Lantern trailer, but the studio is doing everything it can to make sure it doesn't have to apologize for the movie itself—it just bumped the special effects budget by $9 million in the hope that we won't be disappointed when the film opens June 17.
So does this mean the picture is in trouble? Not according to Variety, which claims that this sort of last-minute rushing is the new normal, and that:
" ... the kind of sturm and drang that's swirled around Green Lantern is actually par for the course on most visual effects-heavy tentpoles these days—and the problem's growing."
Chris de Faria, Warner's executive VP of digital production, animation and visual effects, also defended the move, stating:
"There is no problem on Green Lantern ... We try to add things to make the movie better until the 11th hour. That doesn't mean we're risking the movie up to the 11th hour."
De Faria added that, "When the bar is raised, we can't refuse to jump over it."
So what do you think? Will Green Lantern make it over that bar? Or will it stumble and fall?