Harry has seen the first GREEN LANTERN film! GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT!!!
GREEN LANTERN - FIRST FLIGHT review!!!
So strange the timing on all this GREEN LANTERN news. Because in the midst of all of this, I got an early screener of GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT - which is the DC Animated straight to DVD/BLU-RAY title coming out later this month.
Here, they've managed to retell the Hal Jordan GREEN LANTERN origin story as a trampoline to a science fiction buddy cop film noir type of thing that just kicks a lot of ass.
Written by long time Superhero Animation God, Alan Burnett - and directed by Lauren Montgomery (SUPERMAN VS DOOMSDAY and the recent WONDER WOMAN film).
My only complaint is that Hal Jordan comes across a bit like a TOP GUN test pilot, rather than the Hal I grew up with, but that's a minor pinnance - as the Universe spanning science fiction tale told around the Green Lantern Corp... well, give we've heard that this live action film is going to be a massive Science Fiction version... well, it's a bit mind-altering watching this animated version and not trying to imagine it in Live Action. Which would really be mind blowing.
The basic story is that Hal Jordan becomes GL the way we all know. Then Sinestro and his fellow Corps members show up and take him to OA, where the Guardians doubt his abilities. Sinestro takes an interest in the hot shot braggart type from Earth and asks to take him under his wing to bring Abin Sur's murderer to justice.
Thus begins Hal's first mission. The results are rather fantastic. What we end up with is an Animated Sci Fi version of TRAINING DAY that gets pretty darn intense. By the time you get to the end, there's been MASSIVE casualties of many characters and I found myself completely sold on the viabilitiy of a greater Green Lantern universe.
The animation is killer on the Blu Ray. And the extras are pretty great. My fave is the Duck Dodgers / Green Lantern episode that is just awesome. Seriously. Also they have Bruce Timm's pick of fave GL episodes of Justice League Unlimited including ONCE AND FUTURE THING - Part 1 & 2 - which rules. Along with HEARTS AND MINDS Part 1 & 2 - and THE RETURN! The various GREEN LANTERN making of - and character exploration docs are all superior and really have me being a bit of a GL geek. I took down my Showcase first appearance of Hal Jordan Green Lantern and re-read it. And I have my Hal Jordan power battery sitting next to my desk, where I can charge my ring. Because - yeah. I geek on the Lantern and am hoping for great things from this Live Action film coming up. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT has set the bar pretty high for them.
You'll really dig this film if you love Green Lantern - and if you're a kid that has grown up seeing GREEN LANTERN in his various Animated forms as a portion of a larger team, it's fantastic to see a full on Green Lantern Corp story - it's pretty damn awesome!
GREEN LANTERN - FIRST FLIGHT review!!!
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July 13, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST
by Dr. Butthole
I drew a mask on Ryan Reynolds in Paint today. He will be sweet as GL. Paint made that clear to me.
July 13, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST
July 13, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
Get crackin' monkey!
July 13, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
Losing Lois Lane- the film Ryan will be watching to prepare for donning the tights.
July 13, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
If it is as good as the Wonder Woman cartoon, I am there.
July 13, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST
If they released an Iron Giant Blu-Ray disc I would buy a player just for that. Or if they release Jurassic Park on Blu-Ray.
July 13, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST
Never really piqued my interest if I'm not familiar with the character (like here), so I think this will have to be a pass.
July 13, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
I'd say WW tops New Frontier as the best of these so far.
July 13, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST
Justice League: The New Frontier was really well done though. Hope this one follows suit.
July 13, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST
July 13, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST
Superman vs Doomsday was terrible JL: NF was ok. Batman was interesting WW was a very pleasant surprise Hope FL is akin to WW in quality. very eager to see this one.
July 13, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST
July 13, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST
Everytime one comes out it gets a good review and then I try to watch it and it's putrid. Avengers, JLA, Superman, Gotham Night, all terrible.
July 13, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST
by Dr. Butthole
No? Just me? Ok, I'm sitting down now...
July 13, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST
Like he said Harry, please edjumakate ush!!!
July 13, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST
- a small complaint, gripe <p> also: A word that doesn't exist in the English language being made up by our rotund leader Harry. Nice of you to make that one up for us.
July 13, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
...a template if you will for live action movie adaptations show they be greenlit based upon the animated movies and other factors. In other words, they are being made to give studios and filmmakers, therein, an advanced look at how some of these comic book characters should be realized on movie screens should they be given the blockbuster treatment, including how they sound, move, interact with allies and foes, and how their powers work, in detail. That is the clear purpose of all of this, and the reason why the animated films, in structure, are feeling so much like actual live action productions. This is just R&D for the studios to make certain that producers, directors and studio execs are all on the right page when it comes to making the live action films and to help avoid blunders like Cat Woman and The Hulk movies, etc.
July 13, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
...a template if you will for live action movie adaptations should they be greenlit based upon the animated movies and other factors. In other words, they are being made to give studios and filmmakers, therein, an advanced look at how some of these comic book characters should be realized on movie screens should they be given the blockbuster treatment, including how they sound, move, interact with allies and foes, and how their powers work, in detail. That is the clear purpose of all of this, and the reason why the animated films, in structure, are feeling so much like actual live action productions. This is just R&D for the studios to make certain that producers, directors and studio execs are all on the right page when it comes to making the live action films and to help avoid blunders like Cat Woman and The Hulk movies, etc.
July 13, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST
Just like US Marine CORPS, it is the Green Lantern CORPS.<br><br>For someone who's supposed to "geek" on Green Lantern, yeah, that DOES matter.
July 13, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST
Which is "a light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels." <p> Yeah, makes perfect sense.
July 13, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST
...but that's wrong, too.
July 13, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST
As in, Pirates of. "... but thats's a minor (seaport frequented by swashbucklers and scallywags)"
July 13, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST
And I don't have any animated DVDs im my collection except Interstella 5555, which rules. Maybe I'll even check out the New Frontier and Wonder Woman if I like it.
July 13, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST
as in, what you win in baseball by scoring runs and reducing runs that you give up. totally applicable to GL...
July 13, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST
Harry, have you been reading the GL books recently? They've been consistently awesome for the last few years. Definitely recommend picking up the trades.
July 13, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST
July 13, 2009, 10 p.m. CST
GREEN LANTERN? Just seems like the worst superhero concept ever....more like a spoof of a superhero really.
July 13, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST
I was born in '77. Superheroes were everywhere in a classic way, not the least of which being SuperFriends on Saturday morning. I loved Superman. I loved Spider-man (and was oblivious to there being two comic universes). But there was something about seeing Green Lantern on that cartoon.... I used to draw the symbol on a thin strip of paper that I'd scotch tape around my figer to be the ring. My parents bought me a green mask. The appeal of Green Lantern for me was this ordinary man possessed extraordinary powers because he was pure enough to receive a magical ring. It was like the normality of Peter Parker receiving the powers of Superman. Wielding the ring depended on willpower, creativity, and spontaneity. The greater story of the Guardians and the more recent development of the spectrum of colors are a deep, historied piece of science fiction. What's not to love?
July 13, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST
on me anytime. Also, Harry seems to like these animated DC flicks a little too much, regardless of their quality. No Love for HULK VS WOLVERINE harry, really? No fisting rights for you today.
July 13, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST
by axel fff
Thanks for nothing, Harry.
July 13, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST
July 13, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST
...you can't get your tongue out of the GREEN LANTERN's glory hole long enough to answer, and yet somehow find the time to fling about cliche insult acronyms.
July 13, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST
I didn't know they were even doing a solo film.
July 13, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST
July 13, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST
n.<br> 1. A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.<br> 2. Any of various kinds of ship's boats.
July 13, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST
by Ye Not Guilty
It's interpret Harry's review day!
July 13, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST
I liked Gotham Knight a lot, and New Frontier, which was heavy on the Green Lantern story, was OK, too. Superman Doomsday was the movie the Superman Returns should have been. Haven't seen Wonder Woman yet.<p>The Marvel ones haven't been as good as the DC ones. I fell asleep during one of The Ultimate Avengers movies. It was kinda dopey.
July 13, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST
A huge fish meal in The Boatshed followed by several pints of St. Austell HSD up the road in The Dolphin.<p>Well, works for me anyway...
July 13, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST
...as in Ryan Reynolds.
July 13, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST
...would've been in there somewhere had that been the case...
July 13, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST
by Handiana Jolo
to all who have been gushing about the wonder woman feature. i've always been a fan of the work the DC animators keep churning out, but was pretty meh on the Wonder Woman movie because she's never really been my cup of tea as far as comic book heroes go.<p><p>but as a result of everyone seeming to like the movie on this talkback, i went ahead and checked it just now. it's an excellent animated flick and i strongly encourage anyone who has a passing interest in comics to check it out.<p><p>good sense of humor to it, surprisingly violent (i lost track of how many beheadings were depicted), decent story, and nathon fillion as steve. not bad at all. <p><p>i gotta say though when the end credits popped up i was *very* surprised to see keri russell was WW. didn't sound much like her. also a weird coincidence what with them both being in that Waitress flick. good stuff.
July 14, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST
SNAPE KILLED HARRY'S REVIEW!!!
July 14, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST
July 14, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST
by Alex Childress
Can you tell us about the actors, or the direction? Was Christopher Meloni what you expected from Hal's voice, or Victor Garber as Sinestro? Did they go Silver Age, Emerald Dawn, or Geoff Johns ret-con from Green Lantern vol. 4? Could you compare this to the script you read for the live-action movie by Berlanti, and Co.?
July 14, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST
the only time he was interesting (before they made him a galactic mass murderer, killed him, then brought him back as the specter) is when adams and o'neil made the green arrow/green lantern books<p> then he became a wingnut with a heart<p> harry, not sure what green lantern you grew up with...but the one i grew up with was a boring test pilot, with a boring gf, who lived in a boring city
July 14, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST
before tomorrow please :-)
July 14, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
I'm with you. I only rented WW because it was a 3-for-2 deal and I had 2 other movies, and ended up thinking that it was the best of the DC animated movies so far. Good cast, good story, and TONS of violence.
July 14, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Michael Mann!!!! Surely someone at AICN must've seen it by now.
July 14, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST
As in what Harry should be doing for his crimes against the English language?
July 14, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST
I love the DCAU. But good god New Frontier and Gotham Knight were boring.
July 14, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST
I loved those comics, from back in the day.
July 14, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST
like the cool marvel character, or like the dumb marvel character.
July 14, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST
The live action version is officially dead to me now, but I'm psyched for this animated film.
July 14, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST
If I had the first Silver Age Showcase with Green Lantern, I'd have bent pants, too.
July 14, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST
was indeed a great episode of Duck Dodgers.John de Lancie voiced Sinestro,and Kevin Smith was Hal.<br> <br> "In blackest day or brightest night Watermelon, cantaloupe, yadda yadda Erm... superstitious and cowardly lot With liberty and justice for all!
July 14, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST
you are not a casting agent lasercunt. who was your pick? the dude from serenity?
July 14, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST
I mean, cmon, now, THE_ONE_MAN_GANGLIA! You can't honestly believe that Van Wilder = Hal Jordan. I mean, really now. Green Lantern isn't about keggers at the frat house with a buncha "bros," its about a Cosmic Police Force in a Galactic Battle against Unspeakable Evil! Now, I realize that does sound ridiculous, and it is, but, in a genre context its ANYTHING BUT a spastic, retardo, dumb ass frat-boy "comedy" for the lowest common denominator.<br><br>For reference as to why this is EPIC CASTING FAIL? See ANY FUCKING MOVIE THE GUY HAS BEEN IN, but especially BLADE 3 and/or WOLVERINE (both of which SUCKED DEAD DONKEY BALLS IN HELL.)
July 14, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST
Shit on crackers! Harry u lucky SOB!
July 14, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST
July 14, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST
Great medium to tell classic stories. Superman/Doomsday was ok I wasn't thrilled by it, Gotham Knight I enjoyed, but New Frontier and Wonder Woman I really loved, Hope First Flight continues the trend and the Superman/Batman Public Enemies should rule.
July 14, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST
It's a perfectly cromulant word round our way.... I think, however, Harry meant to say 'pittance'. Which makes slightly more sense, but is still technically incorrect.
July 14, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
FFS WHAT IS THIS THE VALLEY CIRCA 1983?
July 14, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
All the right elements, and timing that can't be beat. People need a big space opera with a hero they can relate to, and Green Lantern fills that bill.
July 14, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST
Loved the old Green Lantern Green Arrow comic as a kid. Looking forward to seeing this in San Diego next week.
July 15, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST
July 15, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
and Thor have the potential to be the two greatest Super Hero flicks of all time, one is Super Hero High Fantasy and the other Super Hero Sci Fi, there really is no better combination's.
July 15, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
do those 2 things cancel each other out?
July 15, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST
I look forward to seeing this at comic-con, if I can get in. And getting the DVD. I don't recall any Duck Dodgers on DVD and that one is one of the best, so it's a great addition. For those of us who already belong to the Corps, Green Lantern's been like a semi-secret, certainly not massively mainstream That's all about to change w/ this and the live-action movie. And if that film gets it right -- an early script draft I got a hold of indicates it does, then we're looking a franchise, merchandise galore, and more. And for those of use who couldn't even find GL battery logo shirts as kidlets, it's a whole wonderful new universe.
July 15, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST
= Hal Jordan Who among us believed Johnny Dangerously = Batman. But he did a pretty good job.
July 16, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST
Okay, here's the deal: any animated feature that goes straight to blu-ray/DVD automatically has cheap crappy animation unless it is from the Disney stable. Yes, even Tales Of The Black Freighter. That classic, 80's early morning cartoon look of stuttering frames so beloved of Thundercats and Heman. Fucking hell, can they not use some animation smoothing software to fill in the blanks betweem Key Frames or something!
July 16, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST
In our universe "pinnance" used to be "quibble" until the Narada incursion changed everything.
July 16, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
whatever happened to original ideas? Hollywood is bankrupt of new ideas, and I am sad to say I feel that AICN is more of a studio marketing tool these days than a forum for unbiased opinion and free thought...
July 16, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST
is a cocky Top Gun-esque test pilot. I'm only 30 so maybe I don't have as extensive of an awareness of the character but that's how he always seemed to be depicted. So Ryan Reynolds is really perfect for the role.
July 16, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
July 16, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST
Pastromi. as in pastromi on rye.
July 16, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST
Though ; is cooler than "l".
July 16, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST
by Sam Raimi's Car
English, motherfucker, do you type it?
July 17, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST
so f'in bad
July 17, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST
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July 18, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST
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July 18, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST
July 18, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST
But before doing research on it, I thought it looked like the biggest load of hokey crap about. "A guy with a ring that can create hammers and stuff from it, how far removed is this from Spaceballs?" Course there's more to it than that, but as a guy who rarely reads comic The Green Lantern isn't exactly the most mainstream character out there and that bit-sized snippet was really all I knew and cared to know about GL. <br><br> For GL to really take off as a live-action, beyond the movie not sucking (which does seem like a very real possibility, regardless of who they cast), they'll really need to get that hype train rolling so Joe Public does see the series as being more than just a guy with campy ring powers. <br><br> Also I'm not convinced that the sci-fi setting of this or the fantasy setting of Thor are going to be easy sells. Happy to be proven wrong though.
July 19, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST
After the first few minutes I was elated to see they actually went away from that damn stiff ass animation style theyve been using for so many years and actually invested some money in more frames of animation.
July 19, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST
by Joker Gordon Levitt
I fell asleep :(
July 20, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST
Tough to choose between both I was never a Wonder Woman fan until I saw the movie but I was always a Lantern fan, I have to say they are pretty even in the coolness stakes but for intensity the ending of First Flight is sheer class.
July 20, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST
I would definately put it over both Supes vs Doomsday and Wonder Woman. The characters are well drawn especially Jordan and Sinestro, there are crazy casualties about and aspects of betrayal (not just from Sines either.)Meloni (from Law and Order,Oz) provides a more credible voiceover as Jordan than some generic voice actor (as in english anime actors.)<p>Well worth the purchase and i can't wait for the upcoming Batman/Superman Public enemies OVA. It's gonna be the end all to be all.
July 20, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
Very slow. Very Boring. Why do another origin of how Sinestro gets his yellow ring? Get Geof John's to write the script! The director was a storyboard artist, now she's a director. It who you "blow".... "know" in Hollywood.
July 20, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST
Why were the Lantern chest symbols 3 inches in diameter? Crappy design. Why get rid of the white gloves?
July 20, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST
Maybe my favorite of the DC anime stuff so far.
July 20, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST
Wonder woman rocked to hell and back! justice league: new frontier gave me chills. And finally, my favorite character has been unleashed on Blu ray no less. I knew for decades that a GL motion picture could potentially rock harder than batman or iron man, especially since CGI is so advanced now. I am NOT going to pre-order, because every time I do, the damn thing is sitting at wal-mart 2 days or more before I get it. Fuck batman, blade, and all the lame-ass secondary characters. The most powerful wepon in the universe could make Thor and hulk it's bitch. Mjolnir? don't make me laugh. What about an emerald hammer one mile wide? What about a device that can destroy planets and suns? No, it's not the phoenix or galactus or even the sanctimonious surfer. It's GL's power ring. And BTW haters: you assholes fuck off too. Eat shit, and die.
July 25, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST
I agree with gringostar and several others. This was mostly meh. I can't believe I'm going to type this, but the plot had too many holes, even by comic book standards. Actually, maybe that's the problem. We've been treated with so much good DC Animation that when something mediocre comes along, it truly stands out as being just that. Everything in this was mediocre. Story. Characters. Animation. Meh.
July 26, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST
It wasnt exactly an origin story... he got the ring in the 1st 5 mins of the film and he already knew how to use it? I though that was odd
July 29, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
Alas I was quite disappointed. Zero character development, rushed plot-line, lots of non-stop action that got boring after a while, and cheap animation. <P> The film was made for people with the attention span and intelligence of 5 year olds, but had inappropriate language and violence for the target audience that seemed to be thrown in for the sole purpose of making it a PG13 rating to be "Cool".
July 29, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST
Of all the comic book adaptations I have seen:Superman, Justice League, Spider-Man,Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, Hellboy..this is easily the best and most entertaining. Hopefully Ryan will not ruin the movie like I fear he will.
Aug. 25, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST
too bad ryan reynolds will ruin the live action version....
Oct. 17, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST
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