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Review: Green Lantern: The Animated Series Ep. 1 & 2 "Beware My Power"

Green Lantern is making his way to Cartoon Network this week with an hour-long special event.

The time has finally arrived for us to see the premiere of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. If you saw the trailer or any images, you know this show will not feature traditional animation but instead, 'stylized CG animation.' Thanks to Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network, I got the chance to check out the double first episode.

The immediate response might be a slight cringe at the idea of a CG Green Lantern show. Check out this clip from the opening sequence to get a taste of what you can expect.

When I first heard it was going to be CG, I had my doubts. But even if it had the best animation or truly captured the style of Batman: TAS or Justice League Unlimited, what would set this series apart from those (besides featuring Green Lantern)?

The show does look pretty slick. The animation and colors are bright and smooth and just plain look good. Some of the character models feel off a tad. Hal Jordan (or the lead in a superhero show) should be pretty buff and all but he would have to have an insane workout regimen to look like this.

== TEASER ==

You can also see Kilowog's appearance here. He's a tough character to draw in any format. While he appears to be the same height as Hal in the image above, he is a little taller. Perhaps not as tall as he should but there is a difference.

The show sets the tone right away. It's surprising that the very first scene from the very first episode begins with the Red Lanterns. They are a new threat the the Green Lantern Corps and they aren't holding back. The oozing red coming from them does use a cool effect that is different than if was simply traditional animation.

In this second clip, you can hear what Hal and Kilowog (as well as the Guardians) sound like.

Hal's voice took me a bit to warm up to. He's voiced by Josh Keaton (voice of Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man series). Keaton is a great voice actor (he's done several other series and video games) but it's not quite what I'd expect for Hal. The same could be said about the animation. You do get used to it. I also enjoy the Star Wars: Clone Wars series which also has CG animation but the animation here is a little smoother/less stiff. Again, it's something different from all the recent superhero shows we've been getting.

Kilowog's voice is great. He's voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (Young Justice, ThunderCats). What would you expect Carol Ferris to look like? She does have a slightly DC: THE NEW FRONTIER look to her rather than the show trying to emulate Blake Lively's appearance from the movie.

The show has its dark moments and can get a little heavy for younger viewers but it does capture the Green Lantern feel you would want in this show. There are some lighter moments as Hal does have his cocky, slightly joking attitude and there is even the question raised about why he needs a mask.

The show premieres Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. This is the first time Bruce Timm series to be produced in CG as well as the first time Green Lantern has been rendered in CG. Timm and Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) are the executive producers of the show so you know there's a lot of strength and experience behind this. The show will debut next year (in 2012) as part of the new DC Nation programming block.

It's a fun show making a bold step with the CG animation. It feels a little weird at first but you do get sucked into the action. It'll be interesting to see how the tone of the rest of the series is when the show debuts in its normal slot. Also, with the appearance of the Red Lanterns, how long until we see other Lantern Corps and even appearances from other heroes?

Check out the show this Friday. It's a good first episode and definitely worth checking out.

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Posted by TheOptimist

Wasn't initially psyched about this show, but now that we've seen a little more, I'm going to watch it I think.

Posted by MetropolisKid41

I look forward to this, hope its fantastic. If it is that'll make the wait til January for the next episode that much harder :P

Edited by BritishMonkey

animation of it kinda reminds me of transformers prime

funny how it has josh keaton and kevin michael richardson in both series lol

but i think this will be good

Posted by InnerVenom123

Josh Keaton.


Sobs, remembering "Spectacular Spider-man" and missing it.

Posted by kernel

Honestly, I didn't even know this was coming out. Even though the art style isn't my cup of tea, I think it will work for a GL series. I'm definitely checking out the first two episodes!

Posted by kennybaese

Looks good, and Timm has definitely earned my trust at this point, so I'm in. I dig the look of the show and, regardless of whether or not you like it, CGI his here to stay. You can blame Pixar and The Clone Wars for that.

Posted by Ulfghuld

Seeing it in action is much better than the still shots. Looking forward to it!

Posted by danhimself

those hi-res screen caps definitely look pretty awesome

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@InnerVenom123 said:

Josh Keaton.


Sobs, remembering "Spectacular Spider-man" and missing it.

So true. 
I absolutely detest CG cartoons.
Posted by Bestostero

Yeah, I'm not liking the CG

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

still horrendously unsure about this show. but i'll give it a try.

Posted by LightBright

Josh Keaton? I'm in. 
Also, Cartoon Network has never failed to impress me with their shows, so it doesn't take much to sell me on this. I don't mind CG cartoons, although traditional animation will always, always, be better. The show kind of reminds me of a video gam cut scene, and it'll take a bit to get used to it, but it's something new and that's fun. Can't trash it 'til I've tried it. 

Posted by Wattup

I am excited for this, poozers!

Posted by Adnan

It looks a lot better in motion for sure. Bummed they're using Hal, but whining about that is a lost cause I guess. Heres hoping Mogo makes an appearance.

Edited by Jordanstine

So this is what happens when Ryan Reynolds auditions for The Incredibles...

Posted by doordoor123

I want to see Adam Strange some time in this show. Or a refined Lobo.

Posted by Lvenger

This looks pretty good, much better than the images shown. The animation works much better in motion than in static. And a good voice cast as well along with ample plucking from the GL mythology. Gonna have to watch this now as well. And now I know how to properly pronounce Atrocitus. Learn something new every day...

Posted by NyxEquitis

This looks so terribly cheesy and awful...

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I was excited to hear we were getting a Green Lantern series but I do not think I am going to see the series. The CGI looks really bad for the cartoon and it is kind of turning me off.

Posted by Burnstar1230

I'll try to sit through an episode to judge whether I'll stick around for the rest. I'm not going to invest in a CGI show solely because its Green Lantern or any easy to recognize superhero. Still has to have that special something, which watching these two clips didn't give me.

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool

Still wish Guy or Kyle was the star

Posted by mksystem74

Not liking the style of animation that much, looks dated but it still might be a fun show so I'll give it a chance.

Posted by Utandi

Looks pretty cheap to me. I don't like CGI.

I wish it would be animated like the Batman series from the 90th.

Posted by The Impersonator

Judging by these cool images. I'll give it a shot.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The graphics remind me too much of the Incredibles...but delivery seems good enough. I'll give it a shot!

Posted by The Stegman

ugh i don't really like the 3D claymation type animation...but as a GL fan, i'll give this a shot

Posted by hellogan

I'll end up watching it to watch it. It is the Green Lantern. However, I must just be old school when it comes to animation... Guess that's what happens when your a child of the 70's and 80's Not really digging the CGI... maybe if it was a little more up to date. Guess I can't blame them for trying to do something different? Or the same if you compare it to the clone wars.

Posted by Dedpool

This looks much better in motion, but Bruce Timm's style just looks off in 3D, and i;ve said so since the opening Credits for Justice League. The arm movement with the giant shoulders and chest just looks wrong. They really should've stuck with the "First Flight" and "Emerald Knights" look. Ah well, I'll watch, I'm sure the show will suprise me.

Posted by jazzblade

not sure about the CGI...but no judgements as yet. Bruce Timm is way too awesome in my books for me to make any judgements on any project he works on

Posted by Black_Kn1ght

I wish they choose Kyle Rayner to be the star.

Posted by goldenkey

When I first watched Clone Wars I thought it was awful. I still don't know why I kept watching the show but I'm happy I did because the show is great. I first glance this show reminds me of The Incredibles, and we've all seen the movie and know that the action was great so why can't this show. Batman looked a little to bulky when BTAS first came out and he grew on us. This show will be just fine. Timms format to his shows is what makes them so damn good. They won't just focus on the hero, they'll just focus enough. They'll make the secondary characters interesting as well as the villains. I have hopes for the show.

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Posted by Gambit1024

I got to see it at NYCC. Gotta say, I was really impressed. I was very skeptical about the CG, but that didn't ruin it for me. I'd recommend it to any Hal Jordan (OR KILOWAG!) fan.

Posted by Sekele


he's too far down the line for that, and would require too much explanation

not to mention WB would not allow Hal to be a villain after they invested so much into the movies

Posted by Herx

my interest is peeked, and vewing it i shall do.

Posted by AlKusanagi

I like how the animation is basically using the DCAU aesthetic, even though I seem to be in the minority.

Posted by DEGRAAF

The voices dont bother me and as much as i thought i would hate the CG look, the only persons look i cant stand is Hal Jordans, everyone else i seem to like.

Posted by Grimoire

I was going to but thanks for the reminder.

Posted by churrific

I think I'm more open-minded to the CG thanks to Iron Man, so I'll give it a try too.

Posted by The Poet

not crazy about the animation, but I'm glad its actully happening...

Posted by DarkShadows

I had my doubts on this show because the animation are not that great, but I am still going to give it a chance.

Posted by GLforHIRE

as a GL fan the animation looks gay...looks like lego starwars or lantern tv slacking again...sigh

Posted by TeflonBilly

Hate the CG and am really not feeling Hal's flippant and jokey 'tude in that clip.

Guess I've gotta give Bruce Timm the benefit of the doubt though and give it a look.

Posted by mikeclark1982

i am loving what it looks like! it looks like what timm always wanted his stuff to look like!

Posted by dccomicsrule2011

I will most definitly watch this I am a huge GL fan.

Posted by War Killer

The animation looks good for those two clips, and the voice acting seems great as well; they got Hal's cocky smart-mouthing down it appears from that second video and the fact that they're actually bringing in other Lantern Corps makes me excited that people who may not read the comics, including little kids who I know will watch this, will learn that there's more than the color green flying around in the DC Universe. Not to mention it gives me hope that we may get to see other Lantern Corps (Blue Lanterns!!!! ^_^) in the future! :D

Posted by RedOwl_1

I like the voices, but I'm not a fan of CG animation (I take it like crap) but if the history, of in other words the "plot" traps me in the first episode (no second chance) I will see it constantly (like Young Justice :F)

Posted by Danial79

By "stylized CG animation", you mean "cheap", right? Because everything I've seen of this show looks of the quality I was making in University back in '98. If you go the CG route, it has to be good, people!

Posted by lostlantern13

In Timm I trust.

Posted by mcbean

@Jordanstine: LOL how true

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