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Green Lantern: Beginner's Guide to Tomar Re

What's the story on the bird/fish/lizard man?

The GREEN LANTERN movie's pretty committed to depicting Hal Jordan’s rookie days in the Corps so they correspond to the comics' timeline. Sinestro’s still one of the good guys, sure, but a more impressive measure is Tomar Re breathing and walking and doing all the other delightful that come with being alive. See, the character’s actually been dead for 25 years, now, and that’s remarkable for a comics character. More often, the space between death and resurrection is quick six months. So who is this somewhat aquatic, somewhat avian alien and why's he so important to the mythos of the Green Lantern Corps?

Tomar Re hails from the planet Xudar and patrols Space Sector 2813. He’s a Lantern largely defined by his relationship to these other major Lanterns. He was a friend of Abin Sur’s and he was the first Lantern to welcome Jordan to the Corps and offer acceptance and support when other Lanterns may have treated him brusquely. He trained new recruits like Kilowog so often does and he was one of the Lanterns who investigated the corruption of power that got Sinestro expelled from the Corps. He's sort-of like the ultimate middle man in the GLs.

== TEASER ==

Let's take a couple steps back: Tomar Re's relationship with Jordan warrants some more discussion, as it looks like he’ll be serving as one of the Earthman’s mentors in the movie. While the hardcase Kilowog will bust Jordan into shape and the proud Sinestro will likely keep the hotshot humble, Tomar Re seems like he’ll playing good cop and offering Hal some kind perspective on the elegant intricacies of the power ring’s powers. In one of the trailers, we see him demonstrating its ability to create constructs by conjuring what looks like some kind of complex, fractal extrapolation of a Moebius strip. Notably, it’s his voice (provided by Geoffery Rush) that narrates the illustrative explanation of the Corps’ origins in the 3D trailer, suggesting he’ll be taking on some of the “chronicler” duties that Salaak holds in the comics.

To be frank, Tomar Re didn’t actually do that much that’s worth mentioning in the 25 odd years after his debut in GREEN LANTERN #6. Aside from helping expose Sinestro’s corruption, his most notable adventure involved him trying to prevent the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton. Obviously, the mission was a failure, as Tomar Re was blinded by sun rays at a crucial moment and only regained his sight after the planet had completed vaporized.

His next most notable adventure didn’t happen until years later for the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. He perished during a battle with the third-string villain, Goldface, and bequeathed his power ring to John Stewart so he could serve as a Lantern at the same time as Jordan instead of the two Earthmen having to share one ring. Since then, Tomar Re sort-of showed up during the BLACKEST NIGHT storyline when a Black Lantern stole his body to torment current Green Lanterns with the visage of their old friend.

His undead presence there harped on how he’s become more notable for being dead - - for being an example of the risks of a GLs’ lifestyle - - than he has for anything he actually accomplished during his career.

23 Comments
Posted by Last_Guardian

Tomar Re is awesome...

Posted by hitechlolife

There's something about the CG Tomar that creeps me out. Maybe it's just the uncanny valley effect but I just hate looking at it.

Posted by Atari_Graphics

I think he looks great in the movie. Very good interpretation from pages to screen in my opinion. 

Posted by Chane

I wonder if there will be any hints of Tomar Tu in the film.

Posted by Dfense75

I find something about Tomar Re incredibly endearing. Geoffrey Rush's voice only adds to that. I am really looking forward to this film. More so for the supporting characters than anything. If this film was just Sinestro, Kilowog, and Tomar Re. I would still be first inline for the midnight show.

Posted by Blastov
@hitechlolife
I hear ya. For some reason he looks like a deformed Hitler.
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Tomar Re is part of the reason why I still see success coming out of the upcoming movie. Always did enjoy his character myself!

Posted by NightFang
@Obi Wan Kenobi! said:
Tomar Re is awesome...
Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Gefforey Rush is awesome as Tomar Re!

Posted by Turisten

This is stupid.. 
 
Tomar Re has 5 fingers in the comics, but 4 fingers in the movie.
 
Kilowog has 4 fingers in the comics, but 5 fingers in the movie.
 
Why do they make this change?!

Posted by mark5
@Turisten said:
This is stupid..   Tomar Re has 5 fingers in the comics, but 4 fingers in the movie.  Kilowog has 4 fingers in the comics, but 5 fingers in the movie.  Why do they make this change?!
more importantly why do you care?
Posted by TypingKira
@mark5 said:
@Turisten said:
This is stupid..   Tomar Re has 5 fingers in the comics, but 4 fingers in the movie.  Kilowog has 4 fingers in the comics, but 5 fingers in the movie.  Why do they make this change?!
more importantly why do you care?
Details, man! It's the details! 
Edited by Kallarkz
@TypingKira said:

@mark5 said:

@Turisten said:
This is stupid..   Tomar Re has 5 fingers in the comics, but 4 fingers in the movie.  Kilowog has 4 fingers in the comics, but 5 fingers in the movie.  Why do they make this change?!
more importantly why do you care?
Details, man! It's the details! 
Awesome looking effects....good story...I will not leave the movie upset because of a finger count. 
=)
Posted by Metric_Outlaw

@Turisten said:

This is stupid.. Tomar Re has 5 fingers in the comics, but 4 fingers in the movie. Kilowog has 4 fingers in the comics, but 5 fingers in the movie. Why do they make this change?!

It seems stupid to worry about that.

Posted by The Sadhu

Interesting read... just thought of him as the guy with the beck. Time to look up his profile now.
Posted by ninjadude853

Isn't this guy's kid in the corps?

Posted by Mbecks14

Tomar Re is great! He's one of the coolest looking Green Lanterns. Goofy looking? Kinda but i still appreciate Tomar Re for his heart. His son Tomar Tu is in the corps now. they look pretty identical, which is probably why he's stayed dead. 
 
Will we see Ch'p in the movie??!

Posted by Eyz

Ahh... :)
Good ol' beakface!

Posted by GreenArrow789

That's cool I didn't know he gave up his ring to John Stewart. So does this mean that we will see Stewart in the upcoming GL movie?

Posted by Maki_P

I admit Tomar's death took me by surprise (when I found out he was dead I mean). I didn't know and I couldn't tell; I actually believe this is the reason he's managed to stay dead; he was succeeded  by his son and no one noticed

Posted by fitchy101
@GreenArrow789: I didn't know Stewart got his ring either, I've heard rumours that John Stewart will be in a bar fight, but whether he'll get any screen time as a lantern remains to be seen.
Posted by Osiris1428
Posted by Cavalry

I like Tomar Re, he's one of my favorite GL's all the same.
 
He seems to show up in the TV versions more.. animated universe etc. I like his design, it looks pretty cool.
 
I dislike his movie design though.. couldn't they have kept his beak more pointed? It looks so goofy and his skin should have been more smooth, he looks creepy..