Green Lantern preview

If you haven't seen it yet, Entertainment Weekly features a still of Ryan Reynolds (?!) in the Green Lantern costume from the upcoming movie:

Can't say I'm a huge fan of the glowing muscle ligature in the design, but as always you have to see it in action first. And that looks more like a Photoshopped head on a CGI body rather than an actual photograph, but what do I know -- not only did I not know Ryan Reynolds had been cast, I didn't even know there was a movie coming up. Ignorance is bliss, I reckon.


33 Responses to Green Lantern preview

  1. The Doomed Pixel says:

    This does not make me happy. Now, granted, It’s better than just skintight spandex- I hate that type of costume, since it’s not believable at all. This at least brings something new to the design, even if it’s not a huge change. Let’s see how it goes.

  2. cavalier says:

    It isn’t extraordinary, but I wouldn’t call it bad. I can give Green Lantern latitude in costume physics due to it being based on his powers. It would be interesting (and easier) if it glowed only when using his powers, like Storm’s eyes went white in X-Men.

  3. Val says:

    Oh yeah, this has been in the works for a while. Right after Wolverine came out, they said they were looking at him for upcoming Green Lantern and Deadpool movies. I think he’s a decent actor, but I don’t believe he’s done any real action parts up until wolverine. I didn’t feel he was a good deadpool, but there wasn’t an abundance of scenes for him to shine in wolverine either.
    Anyway, Yeah, a soon as they announced all the upcoming comic book hero movies coming out, they said he was cast for these 2.
    You do know about the captain america, thor and justice league movies coming out right? :p

  4. Owl_Poop says:

    And, yeah there are photos there of Reynolds in one of those nifty bodysuits for 3D CG. The GL costume is supposed to look like alien photon tech, so there you go. Plus I remember the fuss over the “scary black suit” Batman had for the 90’s movie. Nobody cares. (snif) Nobody good cares. I miss the white costume pieces already.

  5. kingmonkey says:

    Val, I would say Ryan Reynolds was perfect as Wade before becoming Deadpool in Wolverine. Wolverine was half-assed movie, though so he didn’t get to really be Deadpool. With his looks, and mostly his mouth, he was awesome in the roll.

  6. Danny Beaty says:

    I don’t like the costume.

  7. I think Ryan Reynolds is good for Hal Jordan because he was like deadpool but less talkative he did crack jokes but he was serious I do wish there was a better picture of the costume I hope the ring looks cool and I hope Sinestro if hes the bad guy cuz he looked cool in the green lantern first flight animated film he was black and yellow and hal jordan was just green and black.

  8. spidercow2010 says:

    @Val- Reynolds was in “Blade:Trinity.” Maybe you’re not counting that as a “real action” movie, or maybe you’re a hetero male and just didn’t notice him because Jessica Biel was there.
    Wait- there’s a Justice League movie in production? ACTUALLY in production?

  9. Laridian says:

    My first thought on seeing the cover was “Ben Stiller!”

  10. Gero says:

    The Captain America outfit isn’t that bad. I’m glad they decided to make it more lke the Ultimates one and leave off the little hat wings…

  11. GL is my favorite superhero. First rumors were Jack Black as GL in an “action comedy”. Nothing further be said.

    Not liking this movie already. Not because I’m a GL fan, but GL is one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated superheroes. And this promo shows it. Kind of like Batman is Jimi Hendrix or Joe Satriani. Think of GL as Mark Knopfler or David Gilmour.

    This costume, even the ring(!), is overloaded in CGI. This would work if you were doing a Micronauts or Zoids movie (yes, please).

    Better still, Alien Legion! Double the goodness if you know that. Now I’m just geeking.

  12. Owl_Poop says:

    Geek! In response to all this “me no likey, but me still go watchy” stuff, I point out the obvious fact that the only uniformity of a GL is the logo…. No, wait, there’s that one alien with the “bell” symbol… The costume design has been justified. ‘Nuff said?

    So! Anyone see that GL fan-film with the dude from Firefly? Niftyyy…

  13. Owl_Poop says:

    Now, about them smurfs… I mean Guardians! I’m afraid they’ll use the toons from DCUOnline but make ’em scary.

  14. Val says:

    @spidercow2010 -Yer right, I completely forgot about Blade: Trinity, and barely remember the movie. “hetero male and just didn’t notice him because Jessica Biel was there.” And Your probably right about that too. 🙂

    @kingmonkey -“Wolverine was half-assed movie, though so he didn’t get to really be Deadpool. With his looks, and mostly his mouth, he was awesome in the roll.”

    I agree with you KM on this. That’s probably what I should have said. That’s what I meant by “I didn’t feel he was a good deadpool, but there wasn’t an abundance of scenes for him to shine in wolverine either.” The scenes going up the elevator and then the twirling blades were decent, but I wasn’t really satisfied with the last bit. Maybe I was just to irritated at the way those 4 foot blades came out of his arms. 🙂

    I didn’t mean to imply that he might not make do well in the movie, deadpool. I’m iffy, but that might just be worry that it’ll turn out like daredevil, and not really about him as an actor, but about hollywoods hit or miss with the comicbook hero movies.

    I like Ryan as an actor, ‘Just Friends’ was my favorite of his by far. Maybe I just get him mixed up with Paul Rudd and Ben Affleck when I try to remember his movies. (chuckles and run before people throw stuff at him).

  15. Val says:

    OH, and I messed up. I realized I typed Justice League in that first response, when I was joking around about the movies coming out. I meant The Avengers not Justice League. I was distracted by work, and it just kind of flowed when typing. I was in the wrong universe there for a second.

    Yes, I figure every knows about the avengers, I was just joking around, when he said he didn’t know about green lantern. So, Sorry Spidercow, didn’t mean to get anyones hopes up. 🙂

  16. Bael says:

    Perhaps you meant this when you said JLA?

    No, probably not.

  17. kingmonkey says:

    If you like Ryan Reynolds as an actor, I recommend the movie Foolproof. Some of his insults in that movie are staggering in their sublime elegance.

    And ‘Waiting’ is another great movie.

  18. Val says:

    @Bael -ROFL. I missed that little gem and it sounds like I”m lucky I did.

    Makes me think of No Heroics, the british superhero-comedy tv series. Though if you go looking for it, be warned, I’d put it in a rated R category, compared to American TV series.

  19. Jigglypuff says:

    Actually I think they should stick with Kyle Rayner, with Hal Jordan in a previous flashback. I actally liked Kyle because it is easier for me to identify with him. and btw to make Rayner less Gary Stu-ish I would make his character prone to the following traits

    1. when lost in deep thought, he should space out in such a way that he become oblivious to all the events going on around him. I think this one is believeable enough for Kyle.

    2. He must be a bit more clumsy than the average superhero. After all, Kyle Rayner is a comic artist so I’d guess that the cluminess would work because he sits at a drafting table for long periods of times.

    3. I think Kyle would be shy around girls. It would fit in with the other traits since I see Kyle as the artistic geek in his high school yearbook.

    4. I can imagine Kyle having a HUGE crush on Soranik Natu or Jennifer Hayden and when he is in their presence he stutters incoherently. That in turn fits with his girl-shyness, his clumsiness and the tendency to space out when lost in thought.

    In my views it make Kyle rayner a bit more believable and less of a Gary Stu.

  20. Gargoyle323 says:

    Not sold on that costume,but still looking forward to the film to come out. I try not to get my expectations too high,so I am not let down if it bombs. I still have a good feeling for this movie.

  21. RitoruBushi says:

    I’ve been a fan of the Silver Age GL for as long as I can remember. As a kid my most favorite toy was one of the Super Powers GL action figure. I started reading the comics when I was about 12 or 13. I’m sure most of the people posting here have seen, and probably still remember the Photo Shopped video staring Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan a.k.a. The Silver Age Green lantern. The video was compiled of dozens of very short clips from his works, and a few things from Superman Returns for the flight portions. That was just one person’s dream. And it was given an astoundingly positive response. Nathan Fillion would make an EXCELLENT Hal Jordan/SAGL. Not a perfect one, but damned close, given the shifty moodiness he can portray on screen, as is the mannerisms of Hal. Other good picks, in my opinion, would include; Robert Downey Jr., Brendan Fraser (Still a far better choice than Ryan Reynolds), I hate to say this, but, Hayden Christensen, Michael C. Hall, Desmond Harrington, Matthew Fox if he could learn to control his heavy breathing habits, one of my “Perfect Choices” goes to John Barrowman (he has the eyes, the chisled face, the right height and build, and he can really bring the emotions to the camera), and possibly Jeremy Renner. All of these are better choices than Ryan Reynolds. His acting range just doesn’t have what it takes to play Hal Jordan. I’ve seen a couple of his movies… Morgan Freeman would make a better Hal Jordan than Ryan Reynolds.

    Willem Dafoe would make an excellent Sinestro, and Michael Jai White would make the perfect John Stewart.

  22. @RitoruBushi: Nathan Fillion is a great pick, just off the fan-flick. He didn’t even act and he nailed it. (Side note: How do those films get their footage? One scene is the drill from Star Trek, before the movie was released!)

    Going out on a limb, and believe me, love my Green Lanterns, but… John Cusack. Lemme do some ‘splainin. I thoroughly enjoyed “Iron Man”. Even more than “Batman Begins”. Both worked way beyond my expectations.

    “Batman Begins” worked because of the realism of the characters. The acting was par excellence. “Iron Man”, was the ultimate rebound. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man (queue Black Sabbath).

    Now John Cusack is back with “Hot Tub Time Machine”. Obviously, an 80s icon (RIP John Hughes), but I think he displays that shifty, moody temperment. Hal Jordan had a rather “okay, we need an origin”. He didn’t have a motivation like Batman, or the technical know-how of Iron Man. Nor either of their resources. He was just thrown into it.

    Which left a huge gap to explore Hal outside of the suit. So, as a young Air Force pilot, he’s a cocksure know-it-all. But as a middle-aged man, he’s grown more cynical and so straight-to-business that he’s boring. That’s John Cusack. Or even Andrew McCarthy. I just think an 80s actor / Generation X guy would work. Large part because of Iron Man.

    Now the kink. With such awesome power, would you grow up? Was green was chosen for the Peter Pan / Robin Hood vibe? GL, in my amateur writer’s mind, is awesome for a character study. Not the psycho-analysis of Batman. Or the cookie-cutter mom-and-apple-pie goodiness of Superman.

    Which is why Robert Downey as Iron Man is appealling. A vague, loose playboy who is in heart knows what’s right. He simply cannot change, nor does he really want to. But he found his calling. And he does it with bravado.

    Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, is a template. Allowing the writers to explore how others interact with such power and responsibility. For example, Guy Gardner.

    Not being a purist, but I look at Ryan Reynolds and this cover. It’s just not Hal Jordan. To be honest, it doesn’t have to be. Like I said, GL is open source material. Still, I’ve waited a long time for a live-action movie. And Hal’s the man.

    The suit looks like the “Bodies” display (which is just gross and disturbing). Yet, the whole “nude” effect is straight out of Antiquity. In context, the Guardians might not have a problem with the costume being a bodysuit. Then, it’s trying to be Dr. Manhattan. If that’s the case, can’t Laura Prepon star as GL?

    I don’t know. I’m setting myself up for disappointment.

  23. X-stacy says:

    I guess his costume makes some sense, if the ring generates it, and everything the ring generates is a glowing green. Still not the way I would have gone, but I can see what they might be going for. It could have been worse; it could have been Jack Black in the computer-generated bodysuit.

    Oddly enough, my stumbling block (pointed out by my better half) is Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller. Because, well, nothing against Angela Bassett as an actress, but I just can’t see her as Waller. Although I guess I will in about a year, and she may change my mind then. But…since when is Waller a doctor?

  24. Jigglypuff says:

    Actually my gut feeling is that the Green Lantern movie will not be successful unless they switch Ryan Reynolds to another character role. He doesn’t cut it for Hal Jordan. I suggest that he take on the role of Salaak. That role is a perfect fit for him, since Salaak, in my opinion is a logical and emotionally controlled type as well as a pessimist, so Reynolds’ acting range will fit in.

    I recommend Nathan Fillion intead, because his acting range can fully work with Hal Jordan’s shifty moodiness and lost-in-thought moments. Also I think that for Fillion to look like Hal Jordan I think he should dye his hair a auburn brown, since when I think of Hal Jordan, I imagine him with a wind-blown mane the same color I mentioned.

  25. Aeternus606 says:

    it works

  26. X-stacy says:

    Since most of the audience won’t be Green Lantern fans, Jigglypuff (we hope, at least, since GL readership isn’t high enough to provide even a break-even box office), I don’t think it will matter to the success of the movie if Reynolds fits the Hal Jordan fans’ image of Hal Jordan. I mean, I’m a comic book reader and I’m still mystified when you guys talk about “shifty moodiness” and “lost in thought” moments and the need for range when portraying Hal. To me, he’s always seemed pretty wooden, and his most defining characteristic is his ability to get hit in the head by any object under the sun.

  27. Jigglypuff says:

    I disagree. I thought that Hal Jordan was always prone to mood swings. If we want to make the Green lantern movie be true to the comics, Then I recommend that Reynolds take on the role of Salaak and Nathan Fillon works on Reynolds’s original role.

    Why? My interpretation of Hal Jordan is although he have great willpower, he also is prone to mood swings and thinking things through excessively. Also I envision that as a child and teenager Hal Jordan had a reckless streak that persisted to adulthood, albeit in a toned-down format.
    That in turn led to his vulnerablity to Parallax’s influence during the time he massacred much of the Green Lantern Corps.

  28. @Jigglypuff: That’s why I like Hal Jordan as Green Lantern. You can tell he’s already a driven with some code of conduct. The Air Force just doesn’t let any schlub become a test pilot. Plus, the ring was given to him as its bearer was dying. So he was not properly initiated as a GL.

    At that point, Hal is a conscript. And not just some grunt given “8 weeks and a rifle.” He’s been entrusted with one of the most powerful weapons in the known universe.

    The temptation to impose what’s “right”, not simply justice, would be overwhelming. I have to bring back the examples of purpose-driven heroes such as Batman and Iron Man. Hal twists in the wind. He often hesitates because he thinks of the consequences of his actions. When he doesn’t, and decides that his way is the only way, well… you know happens.

  29. Jigglypuff says:

    You may have a different interpretation of Hal Jordan, but my vision may make Hal Jordan more 3-dimensonal since his flaws is more clear and noticeable. In hindsight the reason why Hal Jordan was more vulnerable to Parallax’s influence was his mood swings and reckless streak, as well as the fact that he wasn’t properly initated into the the Green Lantern Corps.
    Also I am thinking… What if Hal Jordan, like Guy Gardner, had an alien ancestor? and that ancestor was related to Abin Sur? and the man was exiled because he rejected the practice of the old Korugarian religious rituals. It would add a interesting element to Hal Jordan’s background, and help solidify Korugar and Hal Jordan’s connection to the planet.

    Hal Jordan may be a interesting character, but the same old origin story can become boring. If the writer inserts new juice behind his character, then the character get more interesting.

  30. spidercow2010 says:

    Hang on. In my experience, actors are routinely underestimated and/or typecast. Hollywood surely does it, and so many movie fans do the same. Reynolds has been enjoying a fair amount of success lately, and talent plays a role in that, but still I don’t think he has been given the opportunity to show his full range, having done a lot of action movies and light comedies and the like where Streep-level histrionics haven’t been asked of him. Just because he hasn’t done it yet doesn’t mean he can’t. And this flick probably won’t exactly be Oscar-fodder either. Really, how much introspection does the public want from superheroes anyway? Short version: cut him and his glowy costume some slack until you see the movie. THEN tear him a new one.

  31. Val says:

    I can agree with Spidercow, I do like Reynolds, and I’m hoping this is his chance to show is full spectrum of talent, and I hope he shines. (specially if he’s going to be deadpool also *chuckle*)

    Now, to jump subjects, I didn’t even know they were making this movie.
    The Green Hornet

    And talking about Talent, I haven’t been impressed with Seth so far. A few chuckles, and not even that many. Either he’s trying to branch out, or he’s the comic relief.