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Green Lantern Trailer: Scene Breakdown and Analysis

These shots reveal a lot more than you think.

Warner Bros. debuted the long-awaited trailer to Green Lantern last night, and reception has been a bit of a mixed bag. Some of you were excited by the first glimpses of the ring in action, OA, and appearances by notable members of the Green Lantern Corps, while others were decidedly less impressed by the look of the movie and light-hearted tone of the script. Either way, the trailer revealed a lot about the story and director Martin Campbell's interpretation of the Green Lantern universe. Let's go through the notable scenes in the trailer and point out a few revelations for both old and new Green Lantern fans alike. (Many spoilers below.)

First off is the opening scene of the trailer, which establishes a Hal Jordan that's more Johnny Storm than Chuck Yeager.
 
== TEASER ==
The trailer starts off with Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) waking up in bed with comely companion, departing in earnest because he's late for an appointment. The scene sets Jordon up as an immature ladies man, a characterization reminiscent of Chris Evan's Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies with a bit of Tony Stark thrown into the mix. The portrayal of Jordan is quintessential Reynolds--you could easily mistake him for Van Wilder at this point. The more important point is that this shows us all we need to know about Hal Jordon's character arc in the film: he'll start off cocky and irresponsible and will overcome insecurities to channel his fearlessness into bravery by the end of the movie. Very typical Hollywood fare.



The next scene shows Jordan speeding into the parking lot of Ferris Air, the aerospace company run by childhood friend Carol Ferris (Gossip Girl's Blake Lively). In the comics, Ferris Air is where Jordan works as a tests pilot, following the footsteps of his father, who he watched die in a plane crash. We don't know if that pivotal moment in Hal's childhood will be shown in the film, though we can expect it given that the entire Jordon family has been cast, as well as a young Carol Ferris.

 Blake Lively only has two lines in this trailer, but those scenes are enough to get me worried about her ability to act opposite Reynolds as the female lead. Carol Ferris, who eventually becomes the Star Sapphire, is supposed to be both a no-nonsense boss and capable pilot in her own right. From these brief scenes, Lively looks to be unconvincing as either.
 
This is where we see the first deviation from Geoff John's Green Lantern: Secret Origin storyline. In the comics, Carol Ferris gives up her dream of becoming a pilot to run her father's company. Here, we see her piloting what looks to be an F-35 fighter jet alongside Jordan. Update: As many of you have pointed out, Carol's helmet sports a decal that looks like a Star Sapphire.

For reasons not explained in the trailer -- though we can assume it's due to Jordan taking an unnecessary risk with his plane -- we next see Jordan ejecting from this aircraft to parachute onto the desert floor below. This is presumably the point of the film where he is fired (by Carol) as a test pilot-- the only job he's ever known or wanted.

You can see that Reynolds as a "what am I doing with my life?" look on his face as he literally looks into the horizon for some direction.

And here's where the movie really begins. Hal sees a green streak in the sky, which is of course soon-to-be-deceased Abin Sur's ship crashing. The cause of Abin's crash varies depending on which origin of Green Lantern you've read, but the latest canon reveals that Abin was flying to Earth in search of answers to the Blackest Night prophecy, with future Red Lantern Atrocitus in tow. I doubt we'll see Atrocitus in the film, so it's more likely that the ship was brought down after an encounter with yellow energy, or even Parallax (the villain of the film). 
 
Note that Abin's ship crashed near the ocean, and not in the desert as it is most often portrayed in the comics. Green Lantern was shot in New Orleans, so the Gulf of Mexico doubles as the Pacific Ocean, as Green Lantern's Earthbound adventures mostly take place in Coast City, a fictional southern Californian city half an hour away from Edwards Air Force base.



The first look at Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison, aka Jango Fett in Star Wars) tells us a lot about the production design of Green Lantern. Director Campbell and his team are going for a very organic look in both the character and costume design; Abin Sur has a much more textured face than he did in the comics, while still remaining immediately recognizable to fans. That's true of the other Green Lanterns shown later on in the trailer, which is one of the positive things going for the film.

Abin gives his famous speech to Hal Jordan in this scene, explaining who he is any why the ring has chosen Jordan to be his replacement.

We get a glimpse of Abin in the spherical cockpit of his vessel, which we see is catapulted by some larger docking station to propel him across the galaxy. I hope the movie addresses why Abin needed to use a ship to get to Earth, since Green Lanterns can fly with the power of the ring. In the comics, it's explained that he used a ship as he fell victim to fear, losing confidence in his energy constructs which ultimately led to his death.

This close-up shot of the ring is interesting more for the hand holding it than the ring itself. As has been explained in various interviews, the Green Lantern suit is more of an extension of the wearer's skin than an actual garment. Here, you can see that design in effect as Abin's hand almost looks like its painted green instead of wearing a glove.



Hal Jordan is tossed to the center of the universe to begin his training on Oa. The use of a black hole as a method of hyperspace travel is not new (Galaxy Quest and Superman have made use of it), but it may be a little confusing for viewers since it's also how Thor travels from Asgard to Earth in next summer's Thor movie (as seen from the Comic-Con footage).

Oa (the planet at the center of the universe) is magnificently realized in this series of quick cutaways. We get our first looks at famous Green Lantern Corps members like Tomar Re, Sinestro, and Kilowog. In the distance, you can see Oa's massive Green Lantern battery, the source of all of the Green Lantern's powers.

The first look at Sinestro (Mark Strong) is a reassuring one. Hal Jordan's mentor and teacher (and Abin Sur's former student) looks every bit the way we've imagined him in comics, big head and all. I actually didn't think that they needed to make his head that big, because it might look silly to new viewers. Mark Strong is a very capable actor, and I expect him to bring much gravitas to this important role. 
 
One detail that might be worth noticing is the design of Sinestro's gloves. There are green bands around each finger, which could be an allusion to Parallax killing Green Lanterns to wear ten rings at once. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised in Warner Bros. combined the Hal Jordan version of Parallax from the comics with Sinestro's corruption in the film, so it is Sinestro to betrays the Corps and begins stealing rings.



One thing that bugged me about the trailer were how different the scenes on Oa felt from the ones on Earth. The look, tone, and scope of the two settings make it feel like there are two movies going on at once: an epic space drama vs a lighthearted action romp on Earth. We get more joking in this next scene, which is the first appearance of Tom Kalmaku (Taika Waititi). Tom is the film's plucky comic relief, the sidekick that Hal Jordon gets to play off of for laughs. This scene is notable because Tom is holding the Green Lantern's charging battery, so we know that part of the Lantern mythos will still be retained in the movie. As with Carol Ferris, Tom eventually becomes a bigger part of the GL world, but that's unlikely to happen in this story.

Hal has a heart to heart with Carol, where he reveals his identity as the Green Lantern and explains his powers to her. This scene probably occurs 3/4th the way through the movie, after Hal returns to Earth and rescues Carol in a moment of crisis (shown later on in the trailer). As his confidant, it's likely that she helps him overcome fear to fight the big bad at the end of the movie.

Green Lantern's constructs show up halfway through the trailer, in a scene that was also shown at Comic-Con. Hal gets into a fight with a bunch of thugs as he tries to stop a beating, and takes a beating of his own before putting on the ring and using his power. The fist construct looks very realistic (you can see the wrinkles and veins in the fist), which is a deviation from the cartoonish constructs seen in the comics and animated shows. The hope is that we get to see much more elaborate constructs later on in the movie-- a large part of what makes Green Lantern cool is his ability to create anything with his mind. It would be a huge waste if the film only showed his blasting energy beams with the ring instead of building elaborate creations.



While the Parallax entity is the true villain of the film, the antagonist is actually Doctor Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), an astrophysicist who retrieves the wreckage of Abin Sur's crash, and in the film, his body as well. Peter Sarsgaard has remarked that he was cast because of his large noggin, so we have two prominent characters in the film with big foreheads. We don't know exactly how Hammond's storyline will unfold, but later shots of him being mutated indicate that he's either corrupted by the Parallax force or infected by something in Abin Sur's ship. Either way, he looks to be a standard Hollywood villain without much depth. Hammond was the main villain in the Secret Origins arc, where he acquired telepathic powers after exposure to Abin Sur's ship. In the film, Hammond is related to a Senator played by Tim Robbins, which is presumably how he gets access to the vessel in the first place.


We get a pretty sweet shot of Sinestro descending down to the bowels of Oa, possibly to meet with the Guardians of the Galaxy or to pay respects to his fallen mentor. Previously released concept art showed a massive tomb and memorial on Oa in honor of past Green Lanterns, so that's very well what we could be seeing here.

My most highly anticipated sequence from the film has to be Hal Jordan's training under the famed Drill Sergeant Kilowog. I just can't wait to hear him call Jordan a Poozer!

Another quick cut through several action scenes reveals Hammond's appearance after he transitions into full-on villain mode. Not only does his head get much bigger, his eyes glow yellow, which is a sign that the influence of Parallax may be at work here.



These two scenes with Reynolds in full Green Lantern regalia don't inspire much confidence in the action of the movie. We see Jordan giving Hammond a flying kick and then walking (really? walking?) into frame to save a young boy. Neither shots are particularly impressive, nor do they make good use of Green Lantern's power.



This next sequence of shots is downright disappointing, as it looks to be a mid-movie action scene where Green Lantern first saves the day when he returns to Earth. Saving socialites from falling signs and out-of-control helicopters isn't exactly the best way to show off the abilities of an intergalactic space cop with THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON IN THE UNIVERSE, and it's this contrast with the epic scope of the OA scenes that gives Green Lantern a bipolar feel.

Plus, it doesn't help that this show is way too reminiscent of the helicopter party crash at the beginning of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.


Another shot where Jordan uses his ring while standing on the ground. This bugs the heck out of me because you rarely see Green Lantern in the comics fighting while grounded. He's always hovering or flying while engaged in action, which makes more thematic sense because Hal Jordan is a trained pilot who loves to be in the sky. Keeping him grounded makes the production feel low budget or just not well thought out.

One final action shot shows a figure knocked out of a ship while facing a blinding yellow light. We can assume that this is Abin Sur (though it could be Sinestro) and this is how he crash lands on Earth.

The last bit of the trailer is yet another bit of comic relief, with Hal showing off his suit to Tom. The transformation effect is very cool, though the detail you should focus on is how the suit contorts and expands around his diaphragm as Jordan breathes in, emphasizing that it's more than just skin-tight: it's his second skin.


Things we didn't see in the trailer: Angela Basset as Dr. Amanda Waller, who masterminds the US's involvement in superhuman and alien affairs, and John Stewart (Nick Jones), who will likely make a cameo appearance but not take on a Green Lantern ring of his own.
 
What other details did you notice from the trailer? Share your insights and thoughts in the comments section below!

All the screencaps posted below.
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Posted by snootchie_bootchies

Hmmm...I may have changed my mind about this film. Its starting to look a bit more decent after the preview of a preview of a preview. Im still not set on Ryan Reynolds doing this though. Hell It  looks like Ben Stiller in some of these shots. Time will tell...
Posted by NightFang

Very interesting.

Posted by evo23

I like the costumes and most of the effects but I'm hoping the film is not as lighthearted as the trailer makes it out to be. I never really thought of Hal Jordan as that type of character.

Posted by MrGutts

I will bet that those Oa shots are just a token and it will be in the movie maybe 10 minutes.

Posted by welshguy

Good breakdown of the trailer there. 
I really think its too early to tell about how the film is going to be when its released. Though I do agree that the gossip girl actress seems awful if judging from those two lines (too stilted and dull)
this trailer does not really reveal that much regarding other characters so judging them from it is presumptious.

Edited by caesarsghost

great breakdown indeed. I had confidence before and I have more of it now. This trailer is INCREDIBLE! They have done such an amazing job of penetrating the thematic heart of GL. I just hope they keep it up for the film!  
 
It looks like Reynolds will do a fantastic job as Hal- he really captures Hal's confidence/cockiness, audacity and I am pretty sure after watching this trailer he will bring in the appropriate gravitas as well.  
 
Wonderful effects! I love the 'second skin' aspect of the suit. You get that when reading the comics, how the suit kind of 'flames' over him, it is a second skin! I just never really got it that clearly until this, but it totally makes sense. Hal doesn't wear his suit under his clothes (none of the GLs do), it is a construct!
Edited by uroboros

No, I was excited..but this movie belongs back in 2003 when story lines were typical and characters were two dimensional..there have been too many successful comic book movies proving that comics can adapt for modern audiences..that audiences are prepared for flawed characters with real flaws..not showy flaws..Green Lantern is a character that you could easily adapt for modern audiences but in this it just comes across as b-grade..pity. 
 
I will however reserve judgement until I see the final product..I will see it and as I see all comic movies I will see it with an open mind..my opinion is solely based on the content placed before me so there's no reason to jump down my throat about it just being a preview and not a final product..haters to the left

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Wow I did not know you can analyze it that much. 

Posted by caesarsghost

@uroboros said:

"no, i was excited..but this movie belongs back in 2003 when story lines were typical and characters were two dimensional..there have been too many successful comic book movies proving that comics can adapt for modern audiences..that audiences are prepared for flawed characters with real flaws..not showy flaws..Green Lantern is a character that you could easily adapt to a modern audiences but in this it just comes across as b-grade..pity.  I will however reserve judgement until I see the final product..I will see it and as I see all comic movies I will see it with an open mind..my opinion is solely based on the content placed before me so there's not reason to jump down my throat about it just being a preview and not a final product..haters to the left "


hold on a second there, you dont get off that easily on the Vine. One thing I noticed- we love debate.  
 
How is Hal two dimensional? We just saw plenty of depth in just a few seconds (uncertainty about being a GL, progression from immature playboy to A list hero), what are you basing your 'this movie belongs back in 2003 when story lines were typical and characters were too dimensional' on? 
 
How is this not adapted to modern audiences? How can it be for anything but a modern audience? The themes in the GL book speak to a modern audience perhaps more so than any other DC line, and in this trailer Hal definitely comes across as speaking to contemporary concerns, making it relevant and timely.  
 
You should be applauded for reserving judgement and keeping an open mind about the film- I wish more were like that. I probably am a bit too quick to love things, but in this case I am genuinely curious about why you have branded the trailer as B grade. And it seems like you know your films, hence why I even bother to pose the question to you at all...  

Posted by Psykhophear

This should be interesting for me because I've never been a fan of Green Lantern so my expectation for this movie will be an absolute zero. I don't think I'll be disappointed with this film because I'm not sure what to expect in Green Lantern, not like BatmanSuperman or Spider-Man because I'm familiar with those comic book heroes.

Posted by batman_is_god

This kind of costume makes more sense when you think about it. The comic outfit seems kinda ridiculous now, as it contradicts the ring's capabilities.
Posted by difficlus
@uroboros said:
" no, i was excited..but this movie belongs back in 2003 when story lines were typical and characters were two dimensional..there have been too many successful comic book movies proving that comics can adapt for modern audiences..that audiences are prepared for flawed characters with real flaws..not showy flaws..Green Lantern is a character that you could easily adapt to a modern audiences but in this it just comes across as b-grade..pity.  I will however reserve judgement until I see the final product..I will see it and as I see all comic movies I will see it with an open mind..my opinion is solely based on the content placed before me so there's not reason to jump down my throat about it just being a preview and not a final product "
I agree, but the fan made trailer on youtube is still better than this one...:P 
THe thing is its in post production so all those cheap CGI shots we saw are probably going to be revamped by the time the film comes out in July. I realllllllllly hope this becomes a good movie
Posted by longbowhunter

It seems Reynolds isnt doing his best Hal Jordan. He's just being Ryan Reynolds. Also it sounded like Blake Lively was reading her lines off a cue card. I hope my doubts are wrong about this movie.
Posted by RandomAtom

I hope that this is one of those instances where the trailer makes it out to be a lighthearted romp and it is really a serious movie with a bit of relief thrown in. I also hope to see Gnort in the background on Oa.

Posted by Fhiz

Worth pointing out the Star Sapphire symbol on Carol's helment when she turns her head?

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

Cool breakdown

Posted by longbowhunter
@Fhiz:
I noticed that as well. I wonder if thats gonna be her call sign?
Posted by uroboros
@caesarsghost said:
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@uroboros said:

"no, i was excited..but this movie belongs back in 2003 when story lines were typical and characters were two dimensional..there have been too many successful comic book movies proving that comics can adapt for modern audiences..that audiences are prepared for flawed characters with real flaws..not showy flaws..Green Lantern is a character that you could easily adapt to a modern audiences but in this it just comes across as b-grade..pity.  I will however reserve judgement until I see the final product..I will see it and as I see all comic movies I will see it with an open mind..my opinion is solely based on the content placed before me so there's not reason to jump down my throat about it just being a preview and not a final product..haters to the left "


hold on a second there, you dont get off that easily on the Vine. One thing I noticed- we love debate.  
 
How is Hal two dimensional? We just saw plenty of depth in just a few seconds (uncertainty about being a GL, progression from immature playboy to A list hero), what are you basing your 'this movie belongs back in 2003 when story lines were typical and characters were too dimensional' on? 
 
How is this not adapted to modern audiences? How can it be for anything but a modern audience? The themes in the GL book speak to a modern audience perhaps more so than any other DC line, and in this trailer Hal definitely comes across as speaking to contemporary concerns, making it relevant and timely.  
 
You should be applauded for reserving judgement and keeping an open mind about the film- I wish more were like that. I probably am a bit too quick to love things, but in this case I am genuinely curious about why you have branded the trailer as B grade. And it seems like you know your films, hence why I even bother to pose the question to you at all...  

"
No, debate I'm open to, my problem is the few times I've been called names and told I'm an idiot and such..sometimes opinions are not fully appreciated. 
 
A lot of the problems I see are actually raised within the break down..first there is the womanising funny man which I really never thought I'd see Hal Jordan become to be honest, I feel like script writing these days didn't need to play for cheap laughs about Ryan Reynolds getting his kit off, I also feel the role was adjusted for Ryan Reynolds own agenda rather than kept true, now I'm not saying make it completely heavy handed but don't make it humour by numbers..when ever I find something amusing in a comic it is usually very well written..I don't really read comics for the humour so why would I see the movie for it, as for his emotional moments they seem fairly superficial, I have fear..I don't know myself..I wasn't meant for this..I understand that it needs to exist but from the preview it looks poorly written and then poorly acted.. 
 
I despise how grounded he seems to be..yes there are flying scenes but as the review pointed out he needs to be aloft and not tied down to the earth, I can count on one hand the amount of times I saw a grounded suited up Hal. Also on the topic of his over all look, while I am interested enough in the suit being done digitally..the domino mask needed to be real..doing CGI on faces always ends badly..it looks cheap and nasty..but hopefully they fix it..and succeed where others fail..I do really hope this movie turns out amazing, I do. 
 
As for the modern audiences, my best mate doesn't know comics..we'll postpone the stoning, he's learning slowly..but he found the character designs ridiculous where we find them familiar..and, I agree with him. Hammond looks ridiculous and unfortunately so does Abin Sur on some level, they've crossed the line into comedic. Comics are dark, not pantomimes at least not anymore..I'm not saying dump great design, but be smarter with it..no one thought the Joker looked ridiculous in Dark Knight, he was scary and outside audiences connected with how scary he was, however you look at Mr Freeze from Batman and Robin and people now snicker under their breath about him. However this has been a problem that I think DC has always faced more then Marvel, Marvel updates its characters with a lot more ease, sometimes reading DC I get embarrassed by costume design and character names and such [this doesn't get Marvel off the hook for some movie mistakes though]. 
 
Look at Dark Knight, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, V for Vendetta, Watchmen and even Scott Pilgrim, outside audiences connect, the characters while being extraordinary are also just ordinary in so many ways. Their not these unbelievably crafted stereotypes, comic book movies cannot be made exclusively for comic book fans, it doesn't work, half of the point of the movies is to bring people back to the original media not alienate them with poor design choices. I get that we don't want our favourite characters butchered..but design needs to adapt appropriately with current trends.
 
Also, Blake Lively looks boring and wooden so someone just turn her into kindling..PLEASE! 
 
should this make no sense..sorry..it's very late and I am sooooooo tired!
Posted by crusader8463

Hope that isn't final 3d because that costume looks bad in a ton of those screens. Maybe it looks better in motion.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

I ABSOLUTELY love the breakdown.... 
The movie will come a hit no matter what...

Posted by Red Rum

I did like the trailer, but, without reading the above comments, I can only imagine the crap-storm this film is gonna get from the public.

Posted by disco_dan242

I trust Mr. Campbell.  He can make a good Bond film, and I think he will be able to make a good super hero film.  If the execs at Warner's are excited about it, I'm thinking that they've seen something that we haven't yet. 

Edited by supersidhom

The thing that I noticed is the Star Sapphire symbol on Carol's helmet!

Posted by 5ive

would it make any sense if  i say the green just looks too green lol

Posted by staceydillon

Liked him better as Deadpool...

Posted by Jotham

Good analysis.
 


I thought this was going to be one of the Guardians.
Posted by DEGRAAF

i agree that Blake Lively looked and seemed out of place. She so far seems to be a down point of this movie. I also felt like this could have been Van Wilder at the beginning of the movie. Actually everything Norman stated was the exact same thing i was thinking. It seems like they should have pushed more money or something in to it to allow Hal Jordan to contiously be floating while fighting
Posted by The_Martian

I am not a huge fan of the costume.

Posted by Moomin123

Jordan's costume reminds me of the Hal Jordan in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Looks awesome. 
This movie looks great I can't wait for it.
Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

I`m verry excited about this movie !

Posted by DEGRAAF

here is a scan that wasnt analized  
    

 

obviously people are pointing out that her helmat sticker looks alot like the Star Saphire symbol i guess. Im actually more surious about what that plane is and where its from over her shoulder she is looking back at
 
 
 
Posted by Illyana Rasputin

I'm not trying to be pessimistic, but some of the CGI in this is terrible.

Posted by caesarsghost
@uroboros said:
" @caesarsghost said:
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@uroboros said:

No, debate I'm open to, my problem is the few times I've been called names and told I'm an idiot and such..sometimes opinions are not fully appreciated.  A lot of the problems I see are actually raised within the break down..first there is the womanising funny man which I really never thought I'd see Hal Jordan become to be honest, I feel like script writing these days didn't need to play for cheap laughs about Ryan Reynolds getting his kit off, I also feel the role was adjusted for Ryan Reynolds own agenda rather than kept true, now I'm not saying make it completely heavy handed but don't make it humour by numbers..when ever I find something amusing in a comic it is usually very well written..I don't really read comics for the humour so why would I see the movie for it, as for his emotional moments they seem fairly superficial, I have fear..I don't know myself..I wasn't meant for this..I understand that it needs to exist but from the preview it looks poorly written and then poorly acted..  I despise how grounded he seems to be..yes there are flying scenes but as the review pointed out he needs to be aloft and not tied down to the earth, I can count on one hand the amount of times I saw a grounded suited up Hal. Also on the topic of his over all look, while I am interested enough in the suit being done digitally..the domino mask needed to be real..doing CGI on faces always ends badly..it looks cheap and nasty..but hopefully they fix it..and succeed where others fail..I do really hope this movie turns out amazing, I do.  As for the modern audiences, my best mate doesn't know comics..we'll postpone the stoning, he's learning slowly..but he found the character designs ridiculous where we find them familiar..and, I agree with him. Hammond looks ridiculous and unfortunately so does Abin Sur on some level, they've crossed the line into comedic. Comics are dark, not pantomimes at least not anymore..I'm not saying dump great design, but be smarter with it..no one thought the Joker looked ridiculous in Dark Knight, he was scary and outside audiences connected with how scary he was, however you look at Mr Freeze from Batman and Robin and people now snicker under their breath about him. However this has been a problem that I think DC has always faced more then Marvel, Marvel updates its characters with a lot more ease, sometimes reading DC I get embarrassed by costume design and character names and such [this doesn't get Marvel off the hook for some movie mistakes though].  Look at Dark Knight, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, V for Vendetta, Watchmen and even Scott Pilgrim, outside audiences connect, the characters while being extraordinary are also just ordinary in so many ways. Their not these unbelievably crafted stereotypes, comic book movies cannot be made exclusively for comic book fans, it doesn't work, half of the point of the movies is to bring people back to the original media not alienate them with poor design choices. I get that we don't want our favourite characters butchered..but design needs to adapt appropriately with current trends. Also, Blake Lively looks boring and wooden so someone just turn her into kindling..PLEASE!  should this make no sense..sorry..it's very late and I am sooooooo tired! "

ah yes- finally, someone who can talk about films on a higher level than 'this suckz sumone plz kyll me this iz so lame'. Thank you!  
 
A. in regards to your first paragraph, I can see the frustration with changing Hal to fit Reynold's agenda, that would be awful. But with the womanizing I just saw more of Hal. Like take the scene in Blackest Night, where John Stewart is chilling where Xanshi used to be and says "Hal shacks up with a new girl" when he needs to cope after a battle. Hal totally goes through women, it is his MO. And it is this aspect of Hal's character that Reynolds should portray perfectly. From the preview I think he will do well with the more 'serious' or emotionally significant moments. Reynolds is a great actor with good range and an easygoing, likable quality. So he should be perfectly suited to play Hal's womanizing, confident, easygoing side and I think we will just have to see with the serious moments, but from the trailer I think it will be okay (the scene where he first sees the ship, pretty great- a serious moment with appropriate acting).  
 
B. with how grounded he is. Eh, we'll see. I concur- GL always seemed to be flitting around somewhere. The freedom that the ring gave Hal meant that when he could fly, he would. And as such, I agree with you- the trailer should have included more of Hal flying. But to be fair- we didn't see him in his full GL regalia that many times. I think he would be more apt to fly if he was in the uniform, not in street clothes. So who knows, I think we have to call this one a draw. Hopefully whenever he is in the suit he does a lot of flying.  
 
C. Updating the design. This is a tricky question, and you approached it well- we dont want to see great design dumped, but we also dont want to alienate non-comic viewers (which, lets face it, are the majority). But in regards to comics being darker now- yeah, we definitely see that, but I think part of GL's appeal is that it kind of lacks that Batman gritty/grimy aspect. Hal just loves shining his light on Bruce's face, its part of what makes me love that guy. And the design I saw in the trailer was very sci-fi informed, which is pretty spot on for GL anyway- he is supposed to be like The X-Files meets Star Wars. The design of the ship, how Abin Sur looked, the design of the costume, it all screams sci-fi to me (how sleek everything is, familiar yet alien etc...). So maybe this one will appeal more to sci-fi fans than Batman fans. (I totally agree with you on the Joker in TDK by the way, that universally creepy aspect is what brought a lot of people in. Maybe the sci-fi will do the same thing for GL).  
 
And about Blake... eh, again... I'll have to see. I didn't really have enough to go on in the trailer, but she will probably be a better Carol than Kate Bosworth was a Lois Lane.  
Edited by waruikumo

The Mask looks sooooo goofy. 
 
and the costumes look flat

Posted by Midnight Monk

No surprise about all the complaints as fans are a fickle bunch but I was actually impressed by what I saw so far. When it comes to movies, no one should be expect it to be 100% accurate that a comic fan pipe dream that will never happen. While I'm not feeling the costume, it's probably just takes some getting use to because it looked great on Sinestro I suppose the main problem is Reynold silly little mask lol. As for his persona, Hal Jordon is the most boring Lantern in my opinion and adding some personality to him is for the best as long as they don't take it too far I'm fine.Lastly, you can't judge Blake Lively by those 2 scenes because that would be stupid

Posted by alex frost

I hope im wrong but im cinvinced that this movie is going to be a disapointment. it looks like the story  is going to be good. i just dont know . i hope im wrong.

Posted by greeneagle

I think the way the GL uniforms are portrayed sucks , the appearance of the alien GL lanterns  could be better. Seeing Hal catch the signs and helicopters with constructs would have been cool. I think Lively is going to do well, sinestro looks great(except for his uniform). 
Overall, i see Thor doing way better than GL next year, even cap maybe
Posted by GLforHIRE

as a green lantern fan, i'm excited that they made a movie...but not excited about this movie...its like when the other AVP movies came out,, you hoped they were good but had a bad feeling about it... 
 
1)it looks alil too CGI to me. I understand you want special effects but if 90% of the movie is just him dancing around in front of green sceen and everything else added, it kinda looks cheesy and low budget...looks like they might have needed to go more avatar and less pirannah 3D
 
2) Still not sold on renolds...I actually like most of his movies but for hal, the wise cracking insecure renolds just doesnt work for me. I'll wait to see for final judgement but as of now i say he'd be the perfect flash, but a crappy GL 
 
3) Like the review stated, him bein on the ground so much and bicycle kicking someone kinda defeats the purpose of him bein a green lantern...at least gimme the classic green giant fly swatter... 
 
again this could all turn out wrong and the movie could be great as just a family action flick ala spderman 3, but as a fan the movie has potential it doesnt look like it will reach.
Edited by Jordanstine

First impression of Green Lantern trailer... 
 
"Man... this feels like WB's version of Iron Man".
 
Had no idea GL was supposed to be a funny guy... thought it was more Flash
 
Feels like it would be like Ryan Reynold's previous movie "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock, but only with superpowers!  That's not a bad thing.   
 
At least I can take the wifey to see this! 
 

 


 
    
 

 
   

Posted by high_savage

i hope this would make a breakthrough for the WB entertainment... GL is a famous novel, can't wait to see the action and the thrill...

Posted by carnivalofsins00

i dont know if you noticed, but this has been pointed out to me as well, but Carol's helmet has the Star Sapphire symbol when she turns her head.

Posted by GothamRed

the trailer was cool, but question "  looks every bit the way we've imagined him in comics."  Why do you have to imagine what he looks like in the comics, don't the artists supply you with a picture of him for each issue he's in.

Posted by lostlantern13

I was disappointed in the trailer yesterday, and I still remain a bit disappointed.
 
If they simply changed the Ryan's name from "Hal Jordan" to "Kyle Rayner" then I'd probably feel a bit better because that's what he seems like to me (with a bit of Guy Gardner in there) and Rayner is more Reynolds-esque.
 
I'm glad most people are panning Blake Lively. If nothing else, we can unite against her wooden portrayal of a strong character.

Posted by Jordanstine
@lostlantern13 said:
"I was disappointed in the trailer yesterday, and I still remain a bit disappointed.  If they simply changed the Ryan's name from "Hal Jordan" to "Kyle Rayner" then I'd probably feel a bit better because that's what he seems like to me (with a bit of Guy Gardner in there) and Rayner is more Reynolds-esque. I'm glad most people are panning Blake Lively. If nothing else, we can unite against her wooden portrayal of a strong character. "

QFT. 
 
Agree. 
 
Ryan Reynolds is a bit more Guy Gardner / Kyle Rayner guy than he is Hal Jordan
 
I still think this movie will do well in the box office. 
 
Worst case scenario... it'd just be like Superman Returns.
Posted by Catastrophic

Is it me or the CGI seems to be from the 90s or TV series budget kind of CGI. Something's not right here....

Posted by Mbecks14

I think this review is too harsh on the trailer, it still looks AWESOME!!!  
 
ps. where did you guys find the picture for the link to the article? the close up one of reynolds as hal?

Posted by Derangel

The trailer did not impress me at all. There were some neat things and the suit looked good in some situations, but over all maybe I had my expectations high for this film. However I'm not expecting it to be FF levels of bad. I expect GL to be a decent, if entirely brainless, summer action flick and I'm fine with that. As long as its a fun ride and not insultingly bad (see: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen) I doubt I'll feel cheated when I go see it. 
 
Good break down Norm, you really hit on a lot of things I thought about the film and few other insights that changed my thoughts on other things. I don't know that much about the character of Hal Jordan my biggest exposure to GL and its mythos has come from Blackest Night, what I've read of Reborn (I need to finish that one of these days), and the Green Lantern animated movie DC put out. I do plan to brush up a lot more prior to this movie releasing more. Particularly I want to read more into the forming of the various other Lantern Corps and more on Parallax.

Edited by Jordanstine

Based on first impressions of the trailer alone, the thing that sort of irked me at WB's character portrayal of Green Lantern was that, instead of turning the actor Ryan Reynolds into the one and only Hal Jordan himself, they basically went the other route, and turned Hal Jordan into Ryan Reynolds instead! 
 
Or maybe even Kyle Rainer with a comedic tone.
 
Sure Ryan Reynolds has this Hollywood stereotype of being a "funny guy", a "comic relief", the Van Wilder type of character.  But instead of having Ryan Reynolds molded into the role of Hal Jordan, it seems like they basically just wrote (or copy-pasted) Green Lantern to be portrayed just like the actor himself. 
 
Imagine if Tim Burton would've gone the same route when they casted comedian Michael Keaton as the new Batman back in 1989...?  
 
Here's hoping that Marvel Studios doesn't take this route when they release Captain America starring another "comic fun guy" in Chris Evans.  Which by the way from the looks of it, seems set on a much more serious tone.  But can you imagine Steve Rogers acting like Johnny Storm?   
 
Of course not!   
 
Which is why it's weird seeing Hal Jordan acting like Van Wilder
 
Does Ryan Reynolds always have to do comedy?   No he does not, as he's shown in other roles! 
 
Continued on: 
http://www.comicvine.com/myvine/jordanstine/wait-did-warner-bros-just-turn-hal-jordan-into-ryan-reynolds/87-62025/    
 

Posted by _Sojourn_

Sinestro looks like Sinestro YAY 

Posted by brc2000

I thought Hal Jordan was always flirtatious.

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