Nathan Fillion To Play Hal Jordan In Animated Movie GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS!!
An interesting thing about this, besides the fact that fans have spent years crying out for Nathan Fillion to be cast as the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, is that Fillion co-starred with the new live-action Hal Jordan, Ryan Reynolds, on the ABC sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl.”
The live-action arrives 10 days after the animation.
David Boreanaz, who got to pummel Fillion on the final season of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” played Hal in “Justice League: The New Frontier.” Chris Meloni played Hal in “Green Lantern: First Flight.”
Also gratifying? They also got Jason Isaacs as Sinistro, Elisabeth Moss as Arisia, and Henry Rollins as Kilowog.
Details on the new DC straight-to-Blu release headed our way this summer:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATHAN FILLION, ELISABETH MOSS LEAD STELLAR VOICECAST FOR GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE COMING JUNE 7, 2011 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
BURBANK, CA, (February 8, 2011) – Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) lead a diverse array of performers as the voices behind Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Building up to the release of the highly anticipated live action film, Green Lantern, in theatres June 17, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights arrives on Blu-Ray™, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.
Fillion provides the voice of the animated film’s central character Hal Jordan, the human Green Lantern assigned to Sector 2814 (which includes Earth). Fillion has starred in several primetime television series including Desperate Housewives, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also developed a popular cult following as a pair of Joss Whedon’s heroic captains: Capt. Mal Reynolds in the space-western series Firefly and follow-up film, Serenity; and Captain Hammer in Whedon’s internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Fillion returns to the DC Universe after his successful turn as Steve Trevor in the animated film Wonder Woman, and has performed voice work on Justice League, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., and several Halo video games.
Moss gives voice to Arisia, a young recruit forced into her first mission on just her third day as a Green Lantern. Prior to starring as the ever-evolving Peggy Olson in AMC’s ground-breaking series Mad Men, Moss was featured on The West Wing, Invasion and Picket Fences. Moss has been active in voiceovers for animation with previous roles in Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, Freakazoid! and It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown!.
The voice cast for the animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights also features actor/spoken word artist Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy, The Henry Rollins Show) as Kilowog, Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films) as Sinestro, legendary professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (They Live) as Bolphunga, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Abin Sur, Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries) as Laira and Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Deegan. Radio Hall of Fame commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson voices the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet.
Bruce Timm is executive producer of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Directors are Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva and Christopher Berkeley.
The full-length animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights complements the Warner Bros. theatrical release of the highly anticipated live-action major motion picture, Green Lantern. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.
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Feb. 8, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST
Why do we need to keep using doubled up comic book actors for Green Lantern roles? Reynolds was already Deadpool.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST
Timm has blown my mind time and again with the quality of every single one of these releases. Blows the Marvel shit clear out of the water. I watched half an hour of PLANET HULK and couldn't take it. Garbage, every inch. Terrible, terrible animation. I couldn't give two craps about Green Lantern as a character, but I watched FIRST FLIGHT and liked it a lot, so I will check this out. Fillion was also in the WONDER WOMAN cartoon, and fantastic. WW is my favourite of all the films. I used to pine for the live action film, but I genuinely don't think they can do better. The DC films play like they matter, like someone gives a shit, and so I will always be grateful for Bruce Timm.
That factoid about "Two Guys and a Girl" is, in fact, not interesting.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST
And that's all he'll ever be. That's for all you gimps talking him up for Uncharted.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST
Will most likely be superior to the Reynolds version.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST
Rollins as Kilowog...classic. Can I get a Black Flag joke somehow? Bruce Timm, are you reading this?
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST
And he's a better actor that Mark Wahlberg.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST
How about doing 2 shows Fillion?
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST
fucking thing ever made. The highest stakes- the best superhero battles ever. Batman has never been more epic and detective comics perfect. Wonderwoman fight with Superwoman- submit!!! Owlman is a better villain than any other character ever. His motivations are better than any other villain. Just perfect. Yes it's a cartoon. Yes there is no live action comic movie to even approach it. Yes Nathan Fillion was always a tv level actor. Where you guys that dumbed down by the bush admin? Yes I thought roddy piper was dead
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST
is significantly better than the WB one. Nathan is Hal Jordan, with all his strengths and flaws. After seeing the trailers/teasers for Capt. America and Thor, I'm seriously worried that my favourite boyhood hero--Green Lantern--is not going to get the epic treatment he deserves. May the Lantern guide you, Martin Campbell.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST
Existential Jewish crisis while hiding-behind-cover/popping-out-and-shooting. Rinse and repeat for 2 hours.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST
Love Captain Tightpants, but Fillion needs to shed about 20 pounds in order to star in any action vehicles.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST
the galaxy bros.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST
Just doesn't work as well on the big screen. Don't know why, but that's just how it is with some actors. Like Mark Harmon.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST
That show will run for years yet and keep him set for life... and why not? It's a solid show. Hopefully he'll keep doing cool side projects in his off-time. Voicing video games and toons like Halo, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, even that guest shot on Venture Bros., appearing in independent films like Waitress and Trucker, doing off-the-wall stuff like Dr. Horrible and hopefully some fun genre things like Slither and Serenity.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST
by my liege
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST
Blows away the real trailer and its because of that he got the voice casting? Thats just awsome . The DC cartoons are sick and really fun to watch, Crisis on two earths was the shit! & had good writting, action, drawing that whole zoom in and out of the action as its happening infront of you is pretty great.Like george does in EP2. but its done better in these flicks. I always find myself renting these straight to video on demand and watching how they do the action and stories, like redhood but again Crisis on two earths has been the best so far for me. The conversation Batman has as his other self as, Owlman at the end,just ignites the why batman is so bad ass. lol he didnt blink. Epic.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST
he's 50 with a biff, he will NEVER be casts in a superhero role, fanboys need to suck a dick
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST
I expected this movie to be based on the Emerald Knights storyline, with Kyle bringing Hal back from the past, although I have no idea how coherent or good of a movie that could make. Still, I hoped to see some Kyle in something stronger than a cameo ala the various DCU series.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST
Yeah, he is a bit old for the role, but an older Cap is what will be needed for Avengers. I just hope they don't AniMatrix this thing and give away a lot of details or get our hopes up to only see it crashing down around our heads in the live action movie. Rollins as Kilowag is an inspired casting.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST
The DC animations films are great! They need to do Flash, Green Arrow, Aqua-Man and Plastic Man
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST
Yeah, and Sam Worthington gets leading roles in major franchises. So what's your point?
Feb. 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST
Get bent! And worthington is a cock too, fuck knows how he got his gigs. What can I say; the sun even shines on a dogs arse some days.
Feb. 8, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST
Fuck everyone else.
Feb. 8, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST
... and all of 5 years older than Ryan Reynolds, so as long as there are still superheroes that aren't being rebooted for Justin Beiber fans then there's always the chance to consider him. Personally, I think Whedon should use him like Raimi used Bruce Campbell in the Spider-man flicks... give him an scene-stealing cameo in each Avengers movie.
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Bummer, I thought it was going to be styled liked the Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight, with some stylish animated shorts. This sounds like just another one of Timm's flat, forgettable entries.
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST
Come on, man!
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
Fillion was awesome in everything I've seen him in. But never gave that show a try, seems like the rest of the terrible, vanilla crime shows on today.
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST
I hate the look of the current animation style of these DC WB movies, from that Watchmen Black Freighter thing all the way to "Young Justice." It sucks. Please change it.
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST
Any chance they'd ever do Kingdom Come? It'd probably have to be CGI, because I don't think the hand drawn animation would do Alex Ross's work justice.
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST
It really is just another crime show that skates along on the charm of the characters investigating things. The tone can vary from mostly lighthearted to fairly serious (when they dip back into the ongoing mystery of who killed the main detective lady's mother.) Oddly, despite the outlandish premise of an author on a near-permanent ride-along with the police, it actually seems more realistic in its portrayal of police work than most other current police procedurals in that they're not all super-cops working with high tech equipment and crazy forensics to solve crimes. That said, it's a long, long way from even "NYPD Blue" levels of reality, let alone something out of the real world.
Feb. 8, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST
The thing that bothers me about Young Justice isn't the animation--it's the crappy writing/dialogue and bad characterization. The constant repetition of "today is the day!" to "hello, Megan!" to the relentlessly blatant sexual harassment of Martian Girl, to Robin's completely un-hilarious penchant of making up random new words, to the extremely puerile arguments that the characters are involved in. . .it's grating. I mean, maybe that's what they're going for. Since the characters are all teens, I'd imagine that stupid conversations, awful humor, and poorly veiled sexual innuendo would be realistic. Except it makes the show that much harder to enjoy.
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST
Marvel animation is definitely improved lately. And the show has been pretty good.
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST
Glee meets The Cape.
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST
and Hal should pee in the punchbowl
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST
"Nathan Fillion To Play Hal Jordan In Animated Movie GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS, should be too busy filming Uncharted movie."
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST
It was an awesome fan trailer. It has over 4 million views on youtube.
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST
Like, exactly. It's kind of old lady fun.
Feb. 8, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST
Never thought to put him with that character but it seems to fit.
Feb. 8, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST
But I agree that all of the rest have not been so great.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST
Was actually suprised that she, reynolds and fillion were in this when I rewatched it a few years ago.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST
by Norman Colson
I'm still waiting DC... Please make it happen, I would love to see that on dvd. In blu-ray... I mean why not, that was the arc of the century right there!
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST
I totally trust Russel T. Davies on this one. Sony can be glad they got him for this project.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST
I'm looking forward to this.
Feb. 8, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST
He would be perfect for the role.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10 p.m. CST
If I made a list of random sentences I never thought I'd hear, that would have to be in the top five.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST
Marvel still has a few good ones, both Ultimate Avengers movies were really good. I agree with the guy who earlier said that Planet Hulk had bad animation but if you can look past that then the rest of the movie was alright. Bonus points for having Beta Ray Bill in it.
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST
it's just pathetic at this point
Feb. 9, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST
That this will be much better than the live-action version? Even if you don't like the stories for some reason, you can't deny the animated movies know how to showcase superhero fights and action far better than the live-action films can manage. And there's no real excuse for that, since the live fights could be handled with CG anyhow. It's simply lack of talent/vision for what can be shown. When the heroes and villains clash in the animated shows you know you're watching super powered characters throw down... you can feel every punch.
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST
Most of these Showcase discs are so "almost there" for me. I don't understand why the art style is always so fugly and dumbed down. It doesn't have to be ugly and cartoonish just because it's a cartoon. I really appreciated the slightly different and more realistic take on character design and art style in Under The Red Hood.
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST
I assumed before The Ultimates animated movie came out that they'd amp up the animation style. But no, that movie and every single other Marvel movie has virtually the same art style, where they don't seem to use rulers for straight lines, there is not a single bit of detail to be found in the art (look at the joke of a "space station" in The Ultimates.... it's so poorly drawn and so poorly animated when it explodes that it's fucking embarassing) and where the artist's range for drawing facial expressions includes only: 1. "I need to focus on taking this dump" 2. "I'm horrified about the dump going wrong" 3. "I have quipped about my dump and I am showing my amusement by cocking one eyebrow and smiling like a cartoon cat." And anytime they try to do anything dynamic or exciting it just comes off sad-looking. The animators always seem to be undecided about exactly what the character is doing, like a fucking animation student who's making things up frame to frame. I have a few of these animations on my shelf and each one has been a chore to watch just once. DC's house animations are better all around, but suffer from their own generally ugly and dumbed down design style. At least things move nicely and they seem to keep some rulers around the animation department. They're also capable of putting in at least SOME detail somewhere in the art.
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
How can you go back to CSI or Castle or any of that stuff after seeing the 7 glorious seasons of SHIELD?
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST
Now that is some good fucking animation!
Feb. 9, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST
Couldn't agree more.
Feb. 9, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST
This would have been a dream cast for the live action movie! Thanks, Andrea Romano for showing some sense. Also will this follow the same universe from Brightest Day or a new universe. I only ask because the costumes look the same as that entry from the still shown. And if so why not use the previous cast ? Were they not available? In any regard I think this sounds great and will be looking more forward to this than what will probably be a sucktacular live action version.
Feb. 9, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST
I would agree with you Autodidact if not for the Planet Hulk entry. That showed some promise.
Feb. 9, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST
I'm not impressed by the look of things. Hopefully there's a miracle about to take place.
Feb. 9, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST
John (my preference) or Kyle.
Feb. 9, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST
..Batman under the red hood.Runners up goes to batman/Superman: Public Enemies. (Shazam: return of the Black Adam would have been a contender if not for the mere 20 minutes of animation.) Wonder Woman would be the last on my list of faves. That being said, DCAU is on track and I cant wait till All star Superman debuts.
Feb. 9, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST
Check out the Marvel Anime seies that consist of Iron Man, Wlverine, Blade and The Xmen. The animation chores are handled by studio Madhouse and the art itself is somewhat reminiscent of Ninja Scroll. So far both Ironman and Wolverine has met my expectations and if you ask me, marvel should have the japanese handle thier IP's (regarding animation) from now on.
Feb. 9, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST
Didnt he voice one of the characters from Batman beyond? Herc you forgot to mention that Rollins is mostly known for the LA Punk band Black Flag, but then again, how would you know? You're a nerd. No offense BTW.
Feb. 9, 2011, 9 a.m. CST
was probably the last one, Batman/Superman: Apokalypse. Wonder Woman and New Frontier might be my two favorites (although the Red Hood isn't far behind).
Feb. 9, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST
I could have sworn that some of the folks here suggested those two for the live action show. Does anyone remember who the Talkbackers wanted for Carol Ferris? Personally, I like Lauren Graham, but Morrena Baccarin would make a nice pairing with her Whedon-esque cohort Fillion.
Feb. 9, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST
Love ya, Herc, but this is old news already.
Feb. 9, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST
I had that filed away as still in the future. If it's available now I'll definitely check it out.
Feb. 9, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST
is do a CG feature Alex Ross style, take the money and resources of crap like the Batman Superman Apocalypse, Wonder Woman and all that other C student caliber of bullshit and spend time on actual quality. do JUSTICE, or Kingdom Come or something like that... even something like a CG Dark Knight Returns would crush all this other animated garbage. fuck, get Pixar on this already.
Feb. 9, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST
I'm stoked for this movie simply due to all the talent attached. Hope it pays out/off. I would really love to see some more Gary Cole voiced The Spectre installments though. My oldest daughter and I have watched that short too many times. Surly Niles has more stories to tell in that vein. Perhaps I'm too big of a Cal McDonald fan.... Neal McDonough's Green Arrow was very, very good too. DC is really putting out some surprisingly quality animated films/shorts.
Feb. 9, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST
Feb. 9, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST
"New Frontiers" is easily my favorite. And while I really dig the shorts they've been adding to these discs (like Jonah Hex and The Spirit), there are lots more characters to explore in the features. I want a Lobo animated movie. And Swamp Thing. And while we're at it, how 'bout a feature length Jonah Hex animated flick to help forget the live action turkey?
Feb. 9, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST
I like Ryan Reynolds, but it's such a shame that he was cast as Hal Jordan when Jensen Ackles (Dean from supernatural) was BORN to play Hal Jordan... Reynolds would be a great Kyle or an even greater Barry Allen or Wally West, but I don't see him as a Hal Jordan... I"m nervous about the movie but I still think it will be great because I trust the director as well as Geoff Johns
Feb. 10, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST
I love Arisia. She should have the flouncier Joe Staton cape/skirt tho'. Oh, I'd love to see an animated Swamp Thing movie with a rock score like something out of the '81 Heavy Metal movie.
Feb. 10, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST
..that they are too damn short.(Litterly) I would have loved to see a 80 minute movie based on Spectre, Hex and of course Captain Marvel. I like the idea of a Swamp Thing OVA especially if it's based on Alan moore's material. That would fucking own!
Feb. 10, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST
Totally agree! I always thought from the first thing I saw him in that he had the right look for Cap. (Especially the 80es version I read as a kid..) And he actually is a fan of the comic book itself.. Of course given the amount of hatred I've seen spewed from American fanboys over Brits being cast as Bats & Superman, I don't think Marvel would have been ballsy enough to cast a canadian as the most American of super-heroes, let alone one that was in his thirties. (Thank goodness Jon Favreau stuck to his guns in casting RDJ as Stark. Marvel were against that too on the grounds of him supposedly also being too old..)
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