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GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT trailer hits! DC ANIMATED keeps rolling out awesome! And Chris Pine?

Published at: April 10, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... I recently just purchased SHOWCASE 22, before the prices got too much crazier than they already were - and its funny how the origin of the Hal Jordan GREEN LANTERN hasn't shifted that much. It's Abin Sur - Hal was a test pilot - The ring chose him. Although, most seem to ignore the classic BIG YELLOW ROCKET with a conveniently RED tip - which provides the action for the film. Another thing you learn from that original first issue is the origin for why GREEN is bad luck for a bride at her wedding - I never knew Green was the chosen color of the Faeries. And you learn a great deal about the history of Rockets. I miss those old side bars of learning that you used to get in classic DC books. In the first JUSTICE LEAGUE I read a 60's Congressional Hearing about the plausibility of Inter-Planetary Travel and why we should pursue it. VERY COOL. Anyway - let's get the Chris Pine = Hal Jordan rumor out of the way. Yes, Chris has been RUMORED to be the Emerald Knight... However, in Sydney he was heard to remark on more than one occassion that those rumors are absolutely UNTRUE. I have to say, it is a shame. Chris is pretty goddamn great in STAR TREK and I could definitely imagine him as the ring bearer. I'm sure Martin Campbell is honing in on the actor who will save a large portion of our sector of the universe. Now to the more imminently exciting news... The first feature length GREEN LANTERN animated movie, which will be PG 13 or otherwise. I love GREEN LANTERN - and my Green Lantern will always be Hal Jordan. Which is why I'm jonesing to see this as soon as humanly possible. Here's the embed...





And you can find the HD Quicktime links here: Behold - Green Lantern's Might! Thanks goes to FFaruq on Twitter for reminding me where the HD trailer was! Thank you! And I'm at Headgeek666 on Twitter

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  • April 9, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    why is GL so popular?

    by gusradio

    i just don't get it

  • April 9, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Bring on the Nathon Fillion partol!!!

    by JediRob

    Who'm I kiddin. I'm on it as well. Captain greenpants!!!

  • April 9, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    PS

    by gusradio

    Dr Doom would stomp a grave in Green Lantern's ass.

  • April 9, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Fan Boys

    by ShiniGamiSan

    Heard a bunch of 40 year old fan boys arguing about GL comics the other day. Pretty Funny

  • April 9, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    About time.

    by SID 8.0

    This ought to really push the live action movie forward even faster. looks good.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    A ha! My Second First?

    by ShadowVoyd

    On Pine. I won't be shocked or surprised if it's a no go. He's Paramount's new face of Captain Kirk; paid for and branded. With brand association in franchises being THAT important to studios, sharing him with WB as Green Lantern might have watered things down a bit (though done wonders for the man's career). Still, who knows? I still think they should give Henry Cavill's people a call. As for the DVD. Can't-Freakin'-Wait. I'll be honest, most of both Marvel and DC's DVD offerings have left me kind of "meh" with the exception of WB's Justice League: The New Frontier and Wonder Woman (the last three segments of Gotham Knight don't count as a full offering) and Marvel's Hulk Vs. and Dr. Strange respectively. I'm hoping Green Lantern: First Flight and Thor: Tales of Asgard will help even that out.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Or.... not.

    by ShadowVoyd

    I stand by everything else.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller

    by gusradio

    I read an issue of "All-Star Batman and Robin" where Batman had Hal Jordan meet him in a room painted yellow. Robin (a 13 year old kid) beat the shit out of Hal Jordan and collapsed his trachea. A hero with infinite power, who's weakness is the color yellow. Hilarious.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    please lord make it Jamie Bamber

    by Mr_X

    the trailer looks marvelous though. this movie will seriously kick ass

  • April 9, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    the wonderwoman animated film was pretty good

    by Mr_X

    i mena really, im not a huge WW fan, but it was decent enough, worth watching. I expect good things from this

  • April 9, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    A green glowing folding chair?

    by Wandering_Prophet

    Anybody else notice that of all things GL can summon up from that ring, he clobbers a guy with a green folding chair. Kind of cheesy, in a very WWE sort of way, unless it's a gag or something, but why hit someone with a GL folding chair instead of a GL, I dunno...sword or something. I'll pass. Step it up Marvel. Hulk Vs was half good, now do a fully animated Deadpool movie since we aren't getting a real one.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern = DC's next CASH COW

    by CENOBITE

    If they get it right, it could be SO GOOD.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    FINALLY!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Nuff said!

  • April 9, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Gusradio dont forget that golden age GLs

    by ominus

    weakness was wood.yes wood.whatever was made of wood,weakned GLs powers. <p>jeez.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    RACISTS!

    by Geekgasm

    If you prefer the white old Green Lantern over the slightly less old black Green Lantern you're RACIST! Or at least that's what the cool hip progressive people said back when Justice League Unlimited was getting started. So now we can all top pretending we like the black guy better ...?

  • April 9, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Inflammatory Hyperbole aside ...

    by Geekgasm

    ... I hope this doesn't blow. I thought the Wonder Woman DVD was very good - better than any of the Marvel direct-to-DVD things prior to the Wolverine vs. release, and vastly improved over the lackluster Superman/Doomsday thing - but after seeing the Green Lantern preview on the WW disc, I'm not expecting much. The actors were sooooo hammy it was ridiculous and I wasn't crazy about the character designs. prove me wrong, children! Prove. Me. Wrong.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Ominus

    by Geekgasm

    Hey it works against Dracula, why not Green Lantern?

  • April 9, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    One Punch!

    by TedKordLives

    OT: Fuck Guy Gardner in his stupid bowl haircut. He sucker punched me in a boxing match. <P> That is all.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    It's all about Harry

    by NidiaFan2002

    Christ on a crutch (I figured this week was appropriate to use said language), does every fucking story have to revolve around you? I'm glad you were able to pick up a copy of Showcase but what did it contribute to the story? Every fucking writer here feels the need to stroke themselves while they dish out press releases, er, I mean news. Here's some friendly advice. Next BNAT, have a writing clinic for you and your staff.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Geekgasm - i am thinking about it.

    by Mr_X

    A Jl story would / should have superman, batman, wonderwoman, the flash, gl and martian manhunter. that's white people and green. not very ethnic friendly, especially to a worldwide audience. marvel at least has black panther (Idris Elba?)but DC, are stuck between a rock and a hard place. for most fans, gl is hal, not kyle or guy and not jon. it's hal. change it and fans are up in arms. I wouldn't be too fussed if martian manhunter ( Christopher Judge?0 was a black guy ( hey they've made him black in smallville)but i'd hate to be around that roundtable exec discussion.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Mr. X

    by ShadowVoyd

    Jamie Bamber is a long shot, but inspired. This would definitely be a way to go in terms of launching a bigger career for the man. If he could work with a dialogue coach a bit more in terms of getting his American accent across without it sounding like he's clenching to keep it in place (making it come across very soft spoken more often than it needs to), he could probably knock it out of the park. Not a bad idea at all.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    GL is great property when handled right

    by NidiaFan2002

    Green Lantern is a great concept. It's all about how you treat the character. You can have him traveling the country driving a tractor trailer battling Z-grade villains or you can have him fighting side-by-side with an intergalactic corp of heroes against the Sinsestro Corps. Wonder which movie we'll get?

  • April 9, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    ShadowVoyd - it's worth a shot!

    by Mr_X

    everyone says he's short.. but then again half the men in hollywood are. the man has the build, he's the right age. there's a lot of fanboy suggestions out there like jenson, fillon and Boreanaz( i'm a fan of all of them)pine is a good choice, i cant see him as the lead of two franchises however, he'll burn out and get fed up. but for me bamber just looks the part and i know he can do the role. no bullshit. i can imagine him in and out of the suit. hes doing law and order uk at he moment, ( which is on ITV and as such certainly doomed) he's done the sci-fi grind, he knows the score. yeah its a longshot.. but stranger thing have happened

  • April 9, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Out of all the young actors. Pine would def be the best

    by IndustryKiller!

    In fact he may be the only acceptable one of the younger set. He's actually convincingly masculine, and has a classic more rugged look and easy charisma. And he's not THAT young, he's like 29 or something. I would still prefer a Matthew Fox or Jon Hamm. Someone who actually looks like they could be a veteran pilot.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion

    by Wonderboys

    ditto

  • April 9, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Yellow? Really?

    by Wandering_Prophet

    I don't know anything about GL (Marvel fan) but its it true that his weakness is actually the color yellow? Really? So if someone through a banana at him would he go into a coma or have a stroke or something. Also, Green is a composure of yellow and blue in the ray color spectrum, so is he like half masochistic, shouldn't he be the blue lantern if yellow is lethal to him. Sorry, I'm not trying to patronize GL fans, but from the outside looking in, that's the dumbest weakness I've ever heard of if it's as simple as that.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Yellow Weakness

    by Toonol

    No, yellow doesn't harm him; the banana wouldn't hurt him any more than it would you or I. It's only a weakness in the sense that his magic ring can't directly manipulate or effect yellow objects. If he had a green force-field up, the banana would go through it.<p> This has been painfully abused in old comics though; including GL not being able to effect "invisible yellow" objects.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Wait

    by Toonol

    I remember it, now. There was a story were the villain painted his weapon or robot in "invisible yellow paint", so GL couldn't effect it, even though it looked like some other color.<p> That's ridiculous, but still awesome.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    bamber is a veteran pilot... he's flown vipers!

    by Mr_X

    for some reason in my minds eye i always see hamm smoking a pipe. if they're going for an older GL fox and hamm should be contenders. im still not sure about fox on that scale though.. i dont know what it is, i just cant see him as gl. im thinking of the the fact that bale is bats and routh is supes. pine is a fine actor, and im not saying its impossible to hold two franchises together ford did it with indy and star wars. I would think that DC want their own man and would want to knock out the sequels / crossovers without worrying about scheduling conflicts. And i say give an another actor a shot, there's plenty to go around! bamber isn't hugely well known, but then again neither is pine. At least bamber has the sci-fi / geek recognition. get the right supporting cast behind bamber and it will be a solid movie.

  • April 9, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    So if you wear yellow...

    by fiester

    None of his Green Lantern powers can touch you?<p> So how did he get anything done once word of this got out?

  • April 9, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Green Lanterns haven't been weak against yellow

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    for quite a while now. It was a yellow impurity in their power batteries called "Parallax" which was an ancient evil parasite they had contained. But originally they were weak against yellow because Green Lanterns were supposed to have "no fear" so they couldn't be "yellow". Get it?

  • April 9, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    yellow belly

    by Mr_X

    i haven't really kept up to date with the comics, but my understanding was that the yellow was an element of fear, and with the right level of willpower you could override the weakness. I've just taken it for granted much as kryponnite for superman.the ring projects anything the wearer can imagine. my understanding was that hal has a engineering degree so can create complex machinery not just chairs and huge boxing gloves!

  • April 9, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    if you're a bank robber wearing yellow

    by Mr_X

    he can still pick up a car and hit you over the head with it. ( bit extreme , but you know what i mean!)

  • April 9, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern = Cops in Space

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    KILOWOG!!!!!

  • April 9, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • April 9, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern = Star Wars of Comics

    by vadakinX

    Think about it... <p> Hal is Darth Vader...hero of the Corp, to villain to hero again. <p> Kyle is Luke Skywalker...young guy discovering a new power, destined to bring about the return of the Corp. <p> The Manhunters are Stormtroopers: Initially created to keep the peace before turning on the ones giving them orders. <p> Jon is...um...I don't wanna say Mace Windu just because he's black...so I'll say it because there is nobody else to link him too...great, dodged a bullet there. <p> The Corp itself is the Jedi Order with the Guardians as the Jedi Council. <p> Sinestro is also Darth Vader, betraying the Corp. <p> Parallax is the Dark Side of the Force. <p> Guy is...no, not Jar Jar...he's Kit Fisto. <p> Abin Sur is Obi-Wan <p> Kilowog is..um...Chewie? Anyway, GL is the Star Wars of the comics. It has the potential to be huge if done well. It's a space fantasy with adventure, a bit of romance, lots of action...Star Wars was based on movie serials and Green Lantern is of the same mould.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen for GL

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    just kidding, don't want a marshmallow playing the part<p> I vote for Jensen Ackles

  • April 9, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Fillion or Bamber would be good.

    by Johnny Smith

    As would Ben Browder or Jensen Ackles. And please, for the love of God, Fredric Lehne or William Fitchner as Sinestro.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Excccccept

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Jensen Ackles might make a better Guy Gardner...

  • April 9, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Fillion's too old

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    guess he could make himself a power ring generated walker though.<p> On Castle, his ass looks wider than his shoulders now

  • April 9, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Yellow

    by HEADGEEK

    Actually - Green Lantern can pretty much destroy any yellow thing he wants by affecting all the non-yellow stuff... For example. <BR><BR>Say you and your smug Yellow Gang decide to pray upon something in GL's jurisdiction. IE - this quandrant of the Universe. Depending how pissed you got GL - he could do anything from - DROP A MOUNTAIN on your asses - peeling up the pavement and concrete around you and encasing you in it till the authorities came. GL's power is only limited by his imagination.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    FUCK Nathan Fillion

    by BYOBkenobi

    I have not seen Firefly or Serenity but the guy just looks like a D list actor. No appeal. So all you assholes sucking on his cock for every fanboy wishlist role....Fuck off.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Yellow weakness...

    by spooky2k

    Even when explained it sounds absolutely stupid. Put that on the checklist to change for the movie!

  • April 9, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Yellow

    by fiester

    But if they painted their bullets yellow couldn't they just bust a cap in his green ass?

  • April 9, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Guy=Jack T. Chance

    by TedKordLives

    Kilowog would be Chewie(Mechanic/Buddy/Loveable Powerhouse). <P>Blue Beetle would be Boba Fett. Search your feelings etc.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Too bad David Boreaniz is almost 40

    by drewlicious

    If he were ten years younger that would be my pick and I'm not saying that just because he did the voice in New Frontier. Watch him in Bones, you'll know what I mean. Too bad Chris Evans was the Human Torch, he might have been a good choice too.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    if they painted bullets yellow

    by Mr_X

    GL who have to pick up something to use as a shield and then clobber them.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    vadakinX gl corps is like star wars

    by Mr_X

    DC must be drooling at the franchise possibilities.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    This is why I never got into DC...

    by fiester

    Too many of their frontline characters were just too flippin' goofy--even for an eight year old. I mean, a color is your weakness? A color? <p> I mean, Captain Marvel, or Shazam, might be the worst. What is he supposed to be? He's Superman, basically, right? Except he's really a little kid or something? With a gold braided half-cape? Wonder Woman is ridiculous looking as well. And let's not get started on Aquaman. DC's shit is just so damned goofy. Clock King? What kind of bad guy would name themselves Clock King? And what good was Hawkman? What was his super power--having wings? That's it? Wouldn't he feel like a super chump beside Superman? <p> Seinfeld was right: Why would they even need any other superheroes when they have Superman.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Mr. X:

    by fiester

    But if he didn't know they had yellow bullets until they fired them wouldn't he just put up a green force field? After which the yellow bullets would pass through and fill him full of holes.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    so fiester...you read this site becauuuse......why?

    by dr sauch

    You don't like DC characters or any superhero other than superman? Have you ever heard of the goddamned Batman? Green Lantern is essentially superman, he can manipulate matter of all but one color. Superman is invulnerable except for one specific mineral that every villain seems to have access to. You need to take your faggoty ass to a chick-flick forum.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I like Batman.

    by fiester

    Batman is probably the only good character DC ever did.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    fiester: correct

    by Mr_X

    but since word got out about his vulnerability, he's all too aware that bad guys will shoot yellow bullets. which is why he kicks their ass quickly. and dodges bullets.. like superheroes and a-team members do.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    SAM WORTHINGTON!!!!

    by civilianop

    The dude is already in a big WB franchise give the the guy another he looks like he can pull it off.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Rayner had no yellow weakness

    by hank henshaw

    Kyle only had to overcome his laziness and lack of confidence (which makes a whole lot of more sense, since the power ring runs on willpower). Funny that once again Timm and Co. didn't go with the white gloves. Too bad that these days, in the comics, even Kyle has those silly white gloves.

  • April 9, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Yellow weakness is pretty much history

    by NidiaFan2002

    DC's pretty much written off the whole "ring doesn't affect anything yellow" bit. I'm sure the screenwriters will if they have any sense. BTW, the original GL's ring couldn't affect anything made out of wood.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This may get me crucified...

    by nostairway

    But has anyone brought up Brad Pitt? I'm not a huge fan of his but he sure has the square chin alpha male hero look down pat. I could definitely see him as GL or Captain America.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    The DC Animated WONDER WOMAN was a fun movie

    by YackBacker

    It had a nice edge to it, and Fillion and Russell did very good work together. I like these features better than some live-action superhero fare (ahem-WOLVERINE).

  • April 9, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I don't get the fan-boners for these animated comics

    by Jardinier

    Now, I'll admit I haven't actually watched a single one of those direct-to-DVD movies. One reason is that I think superheroes, for the most part, are very far from the oft-touted "modern mythology," and more like inherently "really, really silly" concept- and execution-wise. Doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed the occasional well-made superhero movie, but on paper, superheroes don't do it for me (probably because I didn't grow up on them). <br> Reason two: These movies don't look very likely to change my mind. Granted, I've only seen trailers, but trailers are supposed to be indicative of the final product. What I'm reminded of with this GREEN LANTERN trailer (and the WONDER WOMAN one, and the DR STRANGE one, and the NEW FRONTIER one) is cheesy Saturday morning cartoons with tired designs, at-most adequate animation, and mediocre-to-bad voice work. I'm a fan of animation, so I'm not opposed to animated adventure movies, even very lightweight adventure movies, based on comic books. (And I'm not opposed to comics either, I read a lot of them, just no continuity-heavy Marvel or DC ones.) But I do have certain standards, and based on the trailers, I don't think these projects reach them. <br><br> I don't know very much about Green Lantern as a character, but I think I've got the general idea (just like I didn't really know a lot about Iron Man before the movie). I do look forward to the live-action movie, because it sounds like it could be a cool space-opera type film, but the aliens will have to be better designed than a mixture of TITAN A.E. and LILO & STITCH. And the Rings' power will probably have to be curtailed, not just for budgetary reasons, but also because near-omnipotent main characters suck. <br> And honestly, if the bearer of the Ring can theoretically be anyone worthy? Why not cast Jamie Bamber (whom I liked on BSG), and why not let him keep his actual accent? I know Hal Jordan's American in the comics, just like most every hero is American. And I get it, it's supposedly a quintessentially American medium. But it's not like Green Lantern is Captain America, who has to be American; why not let him be European, as long as he's portrayed by a human?

  • April 9, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Jardinier

    by TedKordLives

    You seem to be rather out of your element, my friend. I would reply at length but I'm trying to get my work done and get a beer into my hands. Good luck. <P> You'll need it. Blue Beetle, HO!

  • April 9, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by noncents

    I'll take it.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    ted kord

    by Mr_X

    i found your adventures with booster gold in the justice league amusing

  • April 9, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    gusradio: "why is GL so popular?"

    by mbeemer

    "i just don't get it"<p><p> Hal Jordan was so popular because he didn't win solely through brute force - he thought of creative solutions to the problems he faced - and he formed those solutions with the power of his WILL. He won because his spirit WOULD NOT BREAK.<p><p> And that's pretty frickin' COOL.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    "pine is a fine actor"?? REALLY???

    by Geekgasm

    I mean, seriously, he's been in like 2 movies anybody's seen and 1 most people haven't seen but this site is bending over backwards to suck the rebooted cock of - I don't see anything about the man that sez he's "a fine actor".

  • April 9, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    maybe just maybe

    by Mr_X

    you should watch more of his fucking movies then.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The GLC Corps is a great concept......

    by archer1949

    Don't think of them as a Superteam. Think of them as a paramilitary force of Space Cops who are armed with one of the most powerful and potentially dangerous weapons in the universe. Every day these ordinary guys and gals strap the ring on and not only take on external threats. They also have to resist the temptation of the power that the ring represents. Police procedural, War movie, High fantasy, and Space opera all wrapped together. How is the NOT a cool idea?

  • April 9, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern: Best Comic Costume?

    by donduck

    Honestly, I would have to say Hal's Green Lantern suit is so perfect and timeless, that if the movie changed it, I would cry.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Yellow: It's gone

    by donduck

    The yellow weakness has been long gone for a while. It's more of an annoyance now. So Green Lantern totally destroy anything that's yellow as long as his will is strong.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    all about the green

    by crankyoldguy

    Castle's lame, much as I like Fillion, esp on Firefly. But yeah, he's aging fast and WB would want a Hal Jordan who can age a few years. Ackles...yeah. Pine...maybe. Matthew Fox, though in his 40s still has a young enough look and the gravity (no pun intended) to be a pilot-type. As far as John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner go...in the animated film the follows this one, why not? Just set it up. But in a feature film? John and Guy in the second film and Kyle in the third (yeah, I'm that hopeful they won't f it up).

  • April 9, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    And to the misguided Jardinier...

    by crankyoldguy

    Generally, when a project strays too far from the heart of the source material, it turns to crapola. Hal Jordan is American. Period. Downey Jr. may be playing Sherlock Holmes, but you know damn well he'll be British. Zorro...the original Zorro is a California-born Spanish-American (or was he born in Spain and grew up in Calif? I forget right now). But do you understand? Your name seems as though it might be French (and I have partial, slight French background too), so you get the Three Musketeers, isn't that cool? Of course, they do get played best by Englishmen and Americans in the best version by Richard Lester, I and II. Let's put it this way. You would have a French actor play Elvis, because France had Johnny Hollyday....oops, bad example...

  • April 9, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    And regarding Frank Miller and All-Star Batman

    by crankyoldguy

    He went from loving comics, really, to hating the characters. All-Star Batman looked great art-wise, but the stories are enough to create Bat-hate. It's a bullshit title.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    That trailer needed more clips of Hal going aaaaaaahhhh!

    by JonQuixote

    How am I supposed to know how much aaaaaaaaah that movie is going to give me with a piddly two clips of that in the trailer?

  • April 9, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    agree with All Star

    by donduck

    You can't judge Batman or any of the other characters by this book series.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    bah

    by sharpie

    the yellow restriction is only placed on new recruits these days (and not so much anymore since the war of the lanterns started), its actually a part of training for them to overcome it, and even then, its just a restriction placed by the guardians so they wouldnt be all-powerful or anything. as far as the live action goes, i like Adrian Pasdar for Hal

  • April 9, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Just a few guys pointing rings at each other.

    by RowanM

    I've heard of GL most of my life, Never read the comics, don't know much about him. Never had much interest in looking him up. If I hear it's good I'll probably watch it. I won't know of any possible conversation where GL will come up for the other person the tell me about it so...

  • April 9, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    green lantern will suck

    by cant_stop_yawning

    the character has always been lame - he has a ring that can create a green beam that can do just about anything. silly. if you are in your teens, fine, get psyched. i get the feeling most of the guys posting are older and that is sad.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    if dc is going to scrape for a new franchise

    by cant_stop_yawning

    why isn't the flash under consideration. i wouldn't go see it, but at least there is a super power that makes some sense from a special effects standpoint. seriously, gl is not going to appeal to a mass audience. the idea that they are planning a trilogy is laughable.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Yellow is a flaw in the Crystal of Power

    by zinc_chameleon

    ...If I remember my Silver-Age Green Lantern. Which makes for a great story: the Crystal isn't perfect, and Hal Jordan has to learn by trial and error. And not get a God-complex on the way through. So he's got lot's of Anakin Skywalker / Pyro possibilities, which makes him an interesting character. But, definitely Green Lantern had some of the best drawings and design in the DC universe of that time.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey would own as GREEN ARROW as well

    by Monkey_King

    He has the build, the hair, the charisma, etc....

  • April 10, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    So after NEW FRONTIER...

    by MCVamp

    We get to sit through GL's animated origin AGAIN? "For the first time ever...???" I know it was a "different continuity" but NEW FRONTIER was, essentially a Green Lantern origin movie. Can't we just cut to the chase, like the Norton INCREDIBLE HULK? Sum up the origin during the credits and send the fucker on an intergalactic mission--with no fights in the middle of a standard American Southwest cartoon backdrop. REDUNDANT!

  • April 10, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Could GL work as a serious 3D movie?

    by coachdan007

    I just keep seeing green effects jumping off the screen.

  • April 10, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    hal jordan was the first

    by HebrewLantern

    to overcome the yellow impurity and then the guardians just eliminated it altogether, but if i remember in a recent glc book, kilowog said rookies still have trouble overcoming the yellow impurity. but like what harry said, the ring couldn't affect yellow, but it could affect things that could affect yellow. if anyone is looking to get into a comic, start reading green lantern now before blackest night starts!!

  • April 10, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    New Frontier the comic book was amazing.

    by Dingbatty

    Darwyn Cooke is brilliant. The New Frontier cartoon I found disappointing. It needed way more running time.<p>Oh, and if you get the chance to meet the exceptionally talented Bruce Timm at a con -- as I did last weekend -- tread lightly. He's pleasant enough, but seems shy to attention and irritable. I detected a definite "I wish people would leave me the fuck alone while I'm busy a la Willy Wonka in his office with all the cut-in-half-furniture" vibe from him.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    JENSEN ACKLES!

    by muri71

    for green lantern!

  • April 10, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    There is now a whole spectrum of power rings

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Each color linked to a different emotion / mental aspect. Each has it's own strengths and weaknesses

  • April 10, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Power ring (DC Comics)

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_ring_(DC_Comics)

  • April 10, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Jensen Ackles

    by Harold The Great

    is too short. And he can only play Dean Winchester (although awesomely. But he needs years to get into the role. He was a tragedy in the Valentine movie and Smallville.)

  • April 10, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST

    @crankyoldguy

    by Jardinier

    No offense, but Green Lantern is nowhere near as iconic and iconically British as Sherlock Holmes. Other characters, like the originally British Jekyll/Hyde or the originally German Faust *have* been adapted to other nationalities without people complaining. And honestly, isn't a film continuity that changes a character's nationality, race or gender, but leaves everything else intact, preferable to a continuity that keeps the heroes American but changes everything else? <br><br> From what I understand of his origin, Hal Jordan is a particularly fearless fighter pilot who's tasked with protecting Earth and other planets around it; his nationality doesn't really play into it, especially if he goes off on an intergalactic adventure. So why can't he British? Sure it would piss off the fans, just like every change does, and I'm not even saying it's a necessary change to appeal to more of an international audience; I just wanted to throw the thought out there as a possibility. Captain America's nationality is integral to his character, but with Green Lantern, more leeway is possible. <br><br> And I'm not French, though the Three Musketeers is a favourite novel of mine, and yes, Richard Lester's is the most entertaining adaptation. So? It was an historical novel even then, with a semblance of "this could actually have happened" to it, so of course the movies were set in France. If someone were to take the realism out of it and set an adaptation of the Three Musketeers in space, with international main characters, I would not object. Similarly, GREEN LANTERN is contemporary, and it's clearly not set in our world anyway (much like Jekyll and Faust, actually).

  • April 10, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    The yellow weakness was caused by...

    by Kid Z

    ...a parasite, sort of a fear-feeding and inducing energy being that inhabited the main power battery on Oa and hence all the Green Lantern rings. At least that's in current continuity. If any comics geeks out there geekier than me can correct or clarify, feel free to do so.

  • April 10, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    To all of you complaining about the yellow weakness...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    You know, you could just shoot Superman with a kryptonite bullet or stab him with a kryptonite knife and that would be the end of him, too. Or you could just shoot Batman. Or defeat Iron Man with a giant magnet. Or defeat the Hulk by tickling him, thereby calming him down. You want to get silly? Let's get silly!

  • April 10, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Maybe, just maybe, Mr. X?

    by Geekgasm

    Which Chris Pine acting extravaganzas should we have seen? Smokin' Aces? Blind Dating? Just My Luck? The Princess Diaries 2? Which of his IMDb 20 acting credits shows he's "a fine actor"?

  • April 10, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Or perhaps ...

    by Geekgasm

    ... you just picked him because he's the flavor of the month?

  • April 10, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Regarding Hal's engineering degree

    by Eclipse7015

    Someone mentioned Hal had an engineering degree, I think they are confusing him with John Stewert (The black Green Lantern). John is an architect, so he has the degree and all his constructs are seen with nuts and bolts, all the working designs. Hal uses big blunt things like baseball bats, boxing gloves, chairs. Hal also seems to use sports related items. And another example of the ring countering yellow. Say evil universe Harry blows some topic yellow gas towards GL. The yellow gas will kill GL, and the ring would be ineffective with a shield against it. So GL could create a ring generated fan to cause the normal air to blow the gas away. Then pounce on evil universe Harry's butt. A GL can use local environment to counter yellow.

  • April 10, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The yellow impurity

    by Eclipse7015

    With Rebirth, the yellow weakness was rewritten. All ring powers are based on emotions. Green is willpower. Yellow fear. Red rage. Blue hope. Violet love. Orange greed. Indigo compassion. Also the powers seem to have some sort of energy being, Ion is will power and a shark/whale looking monster. Parallax is a insect type energy monster for fear. The Guardians caught and locked Parallax within their Central Power Battery that supplies all power to the rings. As such, a GL had a weakness to yellow. When Parallax was freed from the battery, Kyle's ring didn't have the weakness. Now the weakness is back, but limited. If a GL can learn, and understand the concept of the fear, they can overcome it. So mainly rookies are stuck with the weakness until they can overcome it.

  • April 10, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Nobody mentioning Terrence Howard as John Stewart?

    by rev_skarekroe

    http://tinyurl.com/covsga - or is this discussed in another article somewhere?

  • April 10, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Well, at least I didn't have to read how great the animation is

    by Movietool

    For Once, anyways. All the people falling over themselves talking about how amazing the New Frontier animation was drove me up a wall. It's one-step up from Superfriends, and any geek worth his salt who's seen what animation is really capable of should see that.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Oh, and that Yellow room nonsense

    by Movietool

    Is further proof that Frank Miller has lost his damn mind. So what if GL is in a Yellow room? It's not like Yello radiates some ring-cancelling power. The sum effect of the walls being yellow would be that GL couldn't knock the walls down. GL could still turn himself intangible and fry Robin to a crisp with his power ring. Another example of a "hot" comic book writer pissing all over a character because all the modern comic book editors (and especially the E-I-C's) are utter pussies who don't give a crap about the characters they're supposed to be shepherding, and refuse to tell these writers that they're ideas are stupid.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    they're = their

    by Movietool

    sigh

  • April 10, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Geekgasm you cunt

    by Mr_X

    read my fucking posts, before you respond with bullshit. i've picked Jamie Bamber. now fuck off and never respond to me personally again

  • April 10, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Green Lantern in the yellow room

    by rev_skarekroe

    If I was Green Lantern in that room, I would've sent a beam up Batman and Robin's nostrils and scrambled their brains. Presumably they didn't paint their insides yellow.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Yellow weakness...

    by The Eskimo

    I disagree that it's a stupid weakness, even though apparently it has been written out of the comics (haven't read GL for 10 years). Yellow is a naturally occurring color of the spectrum and it has a specific wave length...so, considering GL's main power is green force power, i.e. solid light, I don't think it is stupid at all...and in fact, much less stupid that kryptonight or spider sense (never got that one). What WAS always dumb in those old GL comics...which has been mentioned before...was Hal's penchant for creating things like giant fly swatters or frying pans, when it would have been easier to just straight-up blast the fuckers.

  • April 10, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Please Visit

    by bobsjohnson

    Please visit this website and click Play Video. I'm in a contest and all I need are views. Please help, AICN! http://tinyurl.com/dgub9z

  • April 10, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Video CoPilot Tutorial titles?

    by jcrash

    Sorry, this a totally nerdy thing to notice, but what's up with those rotating green titles? Looks like a Video Copilot Tutorial, set on repeat. How about a little variation? Only reason I noticed is I just went through a few of them at work then looked at this trailer, and it was painfully obvious. The movie looks like great fun though. I really dug the Wonder Woman one.

  • April 10, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Animation

    by David Assholehoff

    When can we move past the pseudo GI-Joe/Batman: The Animated Series crappy animation and come up with some original and feel? using these tired old cookie-cutter animation studios just makes more shit-stamped cartoons. Sex and blood just makes it a PG rated kids cartoon. I want an animation evolution. Something new...

  • April 10, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I LOVE CARTOONS!

    by uberman

    I'm gonna rush out and add this to my cartoon collection so I can watch and re-watch it's awesome cartoon awesomeness.

  • April 10, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Re: Hal's use of ring...

    by crankyoldguy

    It's evolved in comics, just as there's no camp "Holy..." in Batman for decades now. In fact, in an issue of the current GL series w/ Batman guest-starring, he asks Hal what he's going to do and Hal quips about hitting the villain with a giant boxing glove....a great little joke bit from the great Geoff Johns, who gets humor w/ dramatic elements in comics, unlike Grant 'full depression' Morrison.

  • April 10, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Why is it sad...

    by crankyoldguy

    that us older folks are thrilled with youthful enthusiasm about GL animated and live feature films? We're not allowed. I'll kick all your young butts with ease over that. Why should I give a flying fuck about idiocy like Avatar? I loathe 90 percent of most anime and don't get me started on Pokemon, Bagugan (great for little kids, but....) and so on.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    He's not that well known,

    by Oknight

    but he ain't got nothin' on me. (Neither does Superman as I understand it)

  • April 10, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Best explaination for the yellow weakness was in Byrne's Generat

    by Movietool

    I know even mentioning John Byrne causes some people to lose control of their bowels - but he came up with an explaination that explained GLs yellow vulnerability AND the ORIGINAL GLs wood vulnerability in one fell swoop. <p>Ultimately, NO explaination of the yellow weakness has ever passed the simple simplicity of "There's an impurity in the ring that makes it ineffective against yellow."

  • April 10, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    The "great" Goeff Johns

    by Movietool

    Is this the same guy who's currently giving the flash some ultra-traumatic event in his past to explain why he's a superhero? Same deconstructionist nonsense we've been subjected to as comic fans ever since The Dark Knight. Here's an original idea - The Flash is a hero because he likes seeing innocent people protected from the evil of the world, not because something awful happened to him in the past.

  • April 10, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    DonDuck & MrX

    by TedKordLives

    First, the Blue Beetle has comic's greatest costume. I think we can all agree on that. Not the new kid that looks like a Power Ranger villain, of course. <P> MrX-Thanks, those were good times.

  • April 10, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Let me get this straight, as non comic books guy

    by Quin the Eskimo

    If a Green Lantern and Charile Brown relationship came to fisticuffs. Charlie Brown would defeat him?

  • April 10, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Say the Green Lantern is sitting down for delicious stew.

    by Quin the Eskimo

    He's enjoying some slow cooked veggies, enjoying the subtle flavors his bouquet garni adds. The POW! He ingests some summer squash. Is he OK?

  • April 10, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Why not just adapt the emerald dawn

    by P2Rock

    With a few minor changes its a perfect origin story. even introducing the moral dilema of the guardians as watchmen (who watches the guardians?) I like the anime style of this but have found these titles quite weak on story - Doomsday especially. Easily the best DC anime flick was new frontiers. But this needs to be better. BTW reiterate the need for Green lantern to be done 3D with a visionary director (no, sit down Zack. This film cannot be like "ironman, it needs to be Epic or it will just come off as silly and juvenile. This COmic is a lot harder to adapt properly than DC are thinking. If they want a fun Ironman type movie, they should do the Flash with maybe Ryan Reynolds. Tha t can be doen well on a semi modest budget, but GL requires something else and a medium like 3D and an epic origin story to do it justice. PLEASE READ WB!!!!!! DONT COCK UP GL (like you did Superman)

  • April 11, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    AWESOME voice cast for this

    by mbg98

    Just an fyi: Chris Meloni (Law and Order: SVU) is Hal Jordan, Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic) is Sinestro, Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) is Kilowog, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) is Boodikka. Well cast, looking forward to this.

  • April 11, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Visionary world?

    by RickyDMMontoya

    From the visionary world of the DC Universe? Their universe is a world? WTF.

  • April 11, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    re: Terrence Howard as John Stewart

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    aahahahahahahahahahaha<p> A effiminite John Stewart mincing his way across the universe

  • April 12, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Guy = Jackie Earle Haley

    by Curious Jorge

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