Share & Connect
Green Lantern is part of the DC Comic world coming to the big screen. The movie follows Hal Jordan, a human who is chosen by a ring of infinite power to save Earth, from Parallax, a parasite attacking Earth. Hal Jordan, a test pilot, is called forth to protect Earth by joining the Green Lantern Corps. —an intergalactic embassy that harnesses green energy through rings to protect the universe.
To those who have read the comics, there have been some changes in the transition from comic to movie. The movie seems like it will follow the later series, as having Hal Jordan fight off the Parallax. Hector Hammond is also in the movie and will have run-ins with not only Hal but with the fear monger, Parallax. It seems like the movie will incorporate different areas and villains of Green Lantern from all different eras of the Comic, but will ultimately focus on the origins of Hal Jordan.
Directing the movie is the well-known action director Martin Campbell who created such titles like: 007 Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and The Mask of Zorro. Having done these movies, it feels like he will be right at home with the action sequences of Green Lantern. Nevertheless, it seems like Martin Campbell didn’t know the story of Green Lantern that well before he was put on the project, so the movie might not necessarily follow the story line of the comics religiously. However, they did have Ozzy Iguanzo, a comic book expert, so they could set the record straight on some details. Mister Campbell had stated in The Telegraph that, “It was an extraordinary learning curve, conceptualizing the characters, going to another planet, deciding what the planet looks like and keeping a sort of reality, if you can call it that.” However, despite the difficulties and differences from the comics, the producer/writer of Green Lantern is none other than Greg Berlanti, whom has worked on Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, an animated movie based around Hal Jordan, Kilowog and other Green Lanterns.
The cast has its fair share of stars like Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/ Green Lantern. Martin had picked Reynolds based upon his physical acting in “Buried”, and has been quoted saying in his production notes that, “he also physically looks the part, is charming, funny, and has a great sense of decency.“ Ryan Reynolds isn’t the only star in the movie. Blake Lively (The Town) is taking on the role opposite of Reynolds as Carol Ferris, a fellow test pilot and lifelong friend of Hal Jordan. Lively has this to say in the production notes about Green Lantern, ”… I love that the movie also has a great sense of fun and a hint of romance about it.” Voices of Geoffrey Rush (King’s Speech) and Micheal Clarke Duncan (Green Mile) are used for Tomar-Re and Kilowog respectively. Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption) also makes an appearance as Hector Hammond’s pushy father.
One thing that will make or break this movie is the special effects. Spending about 50,000,000 dollars on them alone they should be pretty impressive. Why spend so much? Not only is making Parallax, Tomar-Re, and Kilowog entirely in CGI a task in itself, but trying to make an entire alien planet in less than a year is a daunting task. Oa, the Green Lantern Corps. planet is all CGI, so creating an entire planet that looks realistic and pleasing to look at will take some serious skill. What also is all CGI is the famous Green Lantern suit. To do this, Reynolds is wearing a motion tracking suit. Kind of like a leotard but soupped-up with motion tracking modules so that the artists can paste Green Lantern’s suit on Ryan Reynolds’s body. For such a daunting task there is good news. People like Karen Goulekas (Spiderman) and John DesJardin (Watchmen) are both overseers of the effects teams, and to top it all off Grant Major who worked on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will be the production designer. Green Lantern may have a lot of daunting effects in over 1,300 of their shots, but they have chosen the right people in order to get the effects done well.