After an uninspired showing at last year's Comic Con, and a fairly underwhelming first trailer, Warner Bros. needed to land a knockout blow at WonderCon yesterday with their GREEN LANTERN footage. The initial reaction (particularly from GL authority Jordan Hoffman) suggested they did, but these things are often in-the-room sensations. Remove them from the convention hall, and they tend to fall a little flat.
This is not the case with the GREEN LANTERN footage. At all. Truth be told, my colleagues might've undersold how emphatically they've nailed the look and tone of the comic.
I'm not going to post a shitty-looking embed here. You need to go to the film's Apple page and watch this sucker in HD. To be completely honest, the opening shot of Sinestro looks very cartoony, but the f/x could be unfinished. If not... who gives a shit? The rest of the footage is fucking amazing! If you're any kind of Green Lantern fan, you're going to be freeze-framing the Oa shots to see how many members of the Corps you can recognize. And that image of Hal Jordan sailing by space-walking astronauts on his way to Oa? Inspired. This is exactly what I wanted from a GREEN LANTERN movie.
Hopefully, WB over-relied on Reynolds's glib shtick with that early trailer, and this footage more accurately evokes the tone of Martin Campbell's film. I want to believe. I want to love this film. I want to get my ass to Oa now!
GREEN LANTERN hits theaters June 17th, 2011.