Encouragingly, Campbell will be keeping any Batman and Robin-style campery to an absolute minimum as he attempts to merge the plausible with the ridiculous.
“I think the thing to do is keep a sense of reality about it,” says the director. “Any time we talk about it, we sit in meetings, we have a cheese meter. We talk about de-cheesing any scene!"
“So often in these superhero movies, nobody seems to get hurt. I remember seeing Wolverine, and he picks people up and hurls them 100 yards into a brick wall. These people, apparently unhurt, sort of get up and continue to fight just as strongly as they did before. Well, there’s something absurd about that, in my opinion.”
That said, this won’t be some bum-numbing, poe-faced meditation on how power corrupts. Campbell is well aware he has multiplexes to fill, and has compared the mood of the film to that of another super-powered saga.
“It will be much more in the tone of Iron Man” he said. “The Hal Jordan character (is a) sort of shoot from the hip, irresponsible, kind of cocky test pilot…that’s the fun of it!”