As a B-level superhero in the DC Universe, Green Lantern doesn’t have the widespread appeal of Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman. Despite that, Warner Bros. and Director Martin Campbell seemed to have pulled out all the stops when the live action adaptation of the long running comic book hits theaters June 17th.
I must admit that I was initially critical of the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Like many denizens of the Interwebs he was always our dream casting for The Flash (who will probably never see a theatrical adaptation).
The more I see of Green Lantern, the more I’m impressed with the visual cues lifted from the comics while infusing them with a bit more weight in reality. I’m totally fine with the redesign of the Green Lantern Battery as it seems silly that a race of ancient race of blue-skinned aliens designed the basis of the peace keeping force around an Earth specific object. I think the CGI suit for Hal Jordan works, as spandex in space just doesn’t seem to work.
And what makes me even giddier is they went all out with the Green Lantern Corps. While the drama might revolve around Earthling Hal Jordan, the creative team went all out to give this flick a grand scope which will certainly be appreciated by the fans.
The latest trailer for Green Lantern breaks the audience into the Green Lantern Corps and sets the stage for Hal Jordan. I think this film will do well in the box office as the core demographic of comic book enthusiasts lining up for midnight screenings. Additionally we might even see some crossover appeal from the women folk that just want to see a shirtless Ryan Reynolds on a 50′ screen.