As far as I’m concerned, the makers of the forthcoming Green Lantern movie have gotten nothing right, and almost everything I’ve seen teasing the movie has made me worry more and more that this June 17 release is going to be a steaming pile of crap.I’m still convinced this is going to reek, but I would like to take a moment to (faintly) praise one thing about the trailer: I kind of like the realization of Tomar-Re, the Green Lantern of Sector 2813. He doesn’t look exactly like his comic book version (designed by the great Gil Kane), but this more organic take works for me. Tomar-Re debuted in Green Lantern No. 6, way back in 1961, so he’s seriously old-school. The comic-book Tomar-Re had more of a beak for a mouth that made him look like a hybrid if bird and fish; the movie Tomar-Re is clearly much more fish, and I actually like the altered face.
Now back to the bile. You all know that I despise Ryan Reynolds’ GL costume with a hate that practically qualifies me for membership in the Red Lantern Corps. The design is terrible, and the CGI realization looks cheap and shoddy. I instantly lost all faith and hope in the movie, and the release of the first official trailer only depressed me more. Check it out:
Seriously, that thing is loaded with less-than-inspiring special effects. And worse, it contained plot details that indicated that the movie Hal Jordan is a cocky slacker/lady-killer who must overcome his fear in order to take his place in the Green Lantern Corps. Could this be more wrong? Sure, but it would really take some doing!
The Hal Jordan of the comics was a skilled test pilot and definitely a man without fear. In fact, it was his fearlessness that compelled the dying Abin Sur’s ring to select Jordan as the new GL of Sector 2814. So in the movie, what is the ring’s excuse for choosing Jordan? How can Jordan be a test pilot if he’s the kind of joking dunce who oversleeps? No wonder he loses his aircraft in the trailer! Judging by his friend’s reaction, it’s clear that the words “responsibility” and “Jordan” were rarely uttered in the same sentence. He was no doubt on the path to a very short career before being tapped as a GL.
Who would have thought that the craptastic costume would turn out to be one of the relative good points of the production?