I really hope you are aware that there is a movie based on Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns. If anything, Warner Bros. has gone above and beyond in advertising this movie. Reviews are out but the movie is worth seeing. It does a good job of making the movie accessible to non-comic book readers. Those of us that are familiar with the characters are the ones that might have some issues with the movie.
If you plan on seeing the movie and aren't completely up to speed on the characters or maybe you're going to see the movie with friends don't know what a Green Lantern is, check out our detailed Beginner's Guide to find out everything you need to know about the characters before seeing the movie. As I mentioned, the movie is pretty accessible to new viewers but why not get a better understanding in order to get the optimal experience?== TEASER ==
The star of the movie, the greatest Green Lantern. At least he will be some day. Hal is the most prominent and known Green Lantern even though he is far from the only one. Check out this Beginner's Guide to see what the full story is on the first Earth-based Green Lantern.
Before Hal Jordan, Sinestro was said to be the best Green Lantern. Originally first seen as only a villain, his updated origin showcased his time as a member of the Green Lantern Corps, including time spent training Hal. If you want to know what the other differences in his origin, check out this comparison on why he was the best and worst Green Lantern.
Abin Sur is the dying purple alien seen in the trailers. There actually is more to his story than just being the alien-dude that give Hal Jordan his power ring. It could be argued (at least by me) that Abin was actually the most important Green Lantern.
Green Lantern Corps
What is this Corps about? Why are they all dressed in green? What are the joining requirements? Are there any benefits besides getting a fancy ring? Find out (almost) everything there is to know about these intergalactic police officers.
Green Power Ring
You can't have a Green Lantern movie without the power ring. How does it work? Who gets to wear it? Is it one size fits all or can it be resized? Find out everything you'd want to know about this fancy piece of jewelry.
You can't have a superhero movie without a love interest, right? The hero always has to have someone he's fighting for. That's probably why he's going to such extremes. Carol is a character that has gone through some crazy changes. You won't see her full story told on the big screen but you should check this out to see possible upcoming storylines in the sequels.
What about the villains? Hector Hammond is a guy with a big head. That doesn't mean he thinks highly of himself. We know that characters are often tweaked for the big screen. Hector had a different past but still got a big head. Read up on who he is and get some insight on the inspiration for his movie debut.
What? Two villains in one movie? One is never enough, right? It was pretty crazy that they would even consider bringing in a character with such an incredibly complex backstory. I have to admit, even though the movie does a pretty good job in filling you in on what he is about, it would be beneficial to read up on what he's about in the comic books.
Kilowog is the Green Lantern you don't want to mess with. The Green Lanterns are a powerful bunch so imagine who is the one able to provide the training they need. Not only is he big in stature, but he has what it takes to properly use his ring to its fullest extent. He may not have the most screen time in the movie but he is an essential character when it comes to the Green Lantern Corps.
There is so much going on in this movie. For those who don't know a thing about the Green Lanterns, Tomar Re is the answer to your prayers. He's the one that has all the answers. It was an odd choice for his inclusion in the movie. Why? Read up on him and you'll see what happens to him in the comics.
Guardians of the Universe and the Manhunters
Who are the blue guys in this movie? They sure aren't Smurfs (that's another movie). These are the guys that started the whole Lantern Corps. Check out this article explaining their story along with the Manhunters seen in the Green Lantern video game.
There might be some mixed reviews for the movie but it's definitely something you should see for yourself. Be sure to read up on all the characters involved to get a better idea of what's going on. If you're worried about any spoilers dealing with the characters, you could always check these out after you see the movie to do a comparison between the film and comics.