Daily Archives: April 4, 2011

Seeing Green… Lanterns

How many major “cons” are there in a year (that’s “conference” for the un-geeked)? New footage is spilling out like water from WonderCon, held recently, and Green Lantern is pouring out 4 minutes of mostly new scenes.

Thankfully, it almost all looks better than the first official trailer, which I basically panned.

It’s still a little too obviously computer-generated for my tastes, but still better than the first trailer. Apparently I’m not the only one who didn’t like that trailer. According to statements made at CinemaCon:

…Warner Brothers worldwide marketing president, Sue Kroll is admitting the first trailer may not have been all it could or should have been.

“Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren’t ready to show, and we suffered for it. … We can’t afford to do that again,” Kroll said at CinemaCon this week.

Warner Brothers underestimated the amount of time it’d take to complete the elaborate 3-D sequences for the film. Now they’ve got it all sorted and, according to their president of motion pictures, Jeff Robinov, their marketing plan is in place: “We won’t be in this position again.”

This is a good first step. I hope they don’t go too far, though, and show basically the whole movie in previews and clips now.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights posterWhat do you think? That’s an awful lot of aliens to pull off, and I’m not sure they’re doing it convincingly. I think they just bit off more than they can chew with the scope of this one, visually. It’s still a bit video gamey/cartoony, though. Hopefully I can drop my expectations a bit and enjoy it. It does, as I said, look better than the original trailer.

In the end, though, I think it’s going to come down to the actor, Ryan Reynolds, to pull this movie off. I wish I had more confidence in him. I’m trying to keep an open mind, though. And from a scene or two here it seems possible.

By the way… as lead up to the movie, WB is releasing another animated movie to DVD, following the same pattern as Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight – multiple stories each telling part of a larger story. In this case, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will showcase Nathan Fillion as the voice of Hal Jordan (funny how that worked out). From the press release:

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights weaves six legendary stories of the Green Lantern Corps’ rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan mentors new recruit Arisia in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern) and several of Hal’s comrades – including Abin Sur, Kilowog, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise to the occasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the destructive forces of Krona.

Sounds like I’ll enjoy that film. Hopefully the live action film is worth all this effort!