Green Lantern’s New Duds Are a Dud

Another superhero, another costume controversy. Images from Entertainment Weekly of Ryan Reynolds in his CGI Green Lantern costume for the forthcoming Martin Campbell movie adaptation have hit the Internet thanks to sites like iFanboy and MTV Splash Page. My initial reaction: I hate the ringslinger’s uniform!

Upon further reflection, I loathe it.

I want the costume to die in a fire because it is way too different from the hero’s classic look. In my book, this qualifies as a completely different, brand-new uniform. One that belongs on a GL from some other sector, not Earth’s 2814; it is simply too alien-looking. Are those textured ridges supposed to mimic musculature? Why? Looking at the giant GL logo on the chest, it appears to me that the designer was trying to say, “See the logo, guys? Maybe nothing else looks the way it should, but this guy is Green Lantern because he’s got the frakkin’ logo! Oh, and because he’s green.” Yeah, he is green. All over. We cannot see the entire costume, but it appears to be completely green, with no black elements and no white gloves. The mask doesn’t even look like it’s actually on his face — which it apparently isn’t, since it’s a CGI element. The mask looks like graffiti on his mug. And giving GL pupils looks like an ill-fated attempt to make him appear blind.
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RESCUE ME 6.3: Comeback

This week’s RESCUE ME ended on shock image: Lou was found collapsed on the floor of the station, eyes open, apparently dead. That’s one hell of a cliff-hanger! But then, moments later, the previews for next week’s installment ruined the whole frakkin’ thing by showing Lou alive, and just as combative as ever! Spoilers, FX… spoilers!

Okay, okay, so I didn’t really think Lou was going to die; but how about making the effort to sell the illusion? That’s what episodic storytelling is all about: trying to get the audience to invest in a given week’s story when we all know that the status quo will be restored by the end of the story. So maybe FX was giving us viewers credit for being savvy enough to know John Scurti isn’t going anywhere, and so the network decided to wink at us through the promos. Yeah, that’ it! Way to get all meta on us, FX. In a way, that makes the network hip, doesn’t it? (Personal aside: um, no… no, it does not.)
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