“Green Lantern” movie costume

A few days ago, Photoshop images of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern from the upcoming movie were released by the studio and upon viewing it I had to say OH MY GOD RYAN REYNOLDS’ HUGE MODOK HEAD AAAAAAGGGGHH!!

After I recovered from the relatively appalling paste job, my second thought was OH MY GOD RYAN REYNOLDS TOES AAAAAAGGGGHH! Apparently I don’t care for feet.

Buddy John really likes the whole concept, revealing a power ring that infuses the body itself, turning the bearer in effect into an energy construct. Thus you see the muscle striations and belly buttons and toes (ugh). But not the penis, because this isn’t “Watchmen”, people, grow up! Super heroes don’t have genitals, we all know that. Or nipples. Because if you’re not making babies, you don’t need to nurse anything now do you, Mr. Anatomically Correct Person.

John also likes the way the green elements merge smokelike into the black areas rather than having the strict cloth costume or rubber boot crisp edges we’ve seen in other super hero movie offerings.

Personally, I’m “meh” on the whole thing. It’s really hard to judge live-action costumes like this in a static studio shot, especially when it’s a Photoshop hack job. You have to see it in motion and watch how it interacts with the environment before you know whether or not it “works”. But judging just from these shots, I have some reservations.

I already mentioned how it’s odd that some parts of the anatomy are in full evidence but others are not. That bugs me a little. I also don’t understand why, if this is energy suffusing the body, some elements are clearly patterned objects (like over his thighs), but then merge into parts that look like a flayed body (the thigh treads go into the calves and the — ugh again — toes).

The deficiencies of the mask have been well and truly thrashed out elsewhere so I won’t belabor it, but yeah, it sucks. Luckily from the trailer it looks like they’re ditching it ASAP in the course of the story.

What do you all think of it?

33 Responses to “Green Lantern” movie costume

  1. Hopefully it will look better in action, when everything’s moving and there are things to distract you from wondering why some anatomy is visible and other anatomy isn’t–though I suppose you could make a case for the ring responding to Jordan’s desire not to have his junk on display.

  2. Watson Bradshaw

    I gotta admit I do like it, It makes sense that the suit be an energy encasing rather than a real fabric outfit that he steals off Abin Sur’s dead body. I watched the wondercon trailer again and it seems that the suit only has the energy veins when its powering up and not so much in his dialog scenes with Tomar-Re. And I think X-Stacy is right about the rings ability to read Jordan and not have his Lil’ Hal on display.

    In any case it still beats the live action Justice League TV version.

    http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/11/jla24.jpg

  3. Have you people ever READ Hal Jordan-era GL comics? He would LOVE showing Li’l Hal off to the world!

  4. In regards to the link Mr. Bradshaw has provided:

    Let us not speak of that again.

  5. I like it. Really dynamic and different.

  6. This is pretty bad, but Watson’s link has me questioning my faith in humanity. I feel like my eyes just got violated.

    Still, this is bad, like a kid in Grade 7 went all Photoshoppy with a picture of Ryan Reynolds. The energy splash coming off the ring really looks fake and tacked on.

    Jeff, are you sure this actually isn’t a picture of Ryan Reynolds that a kid in Grade 7 Photoshopped the hell out of?

  7. Not digging on the feet. One of the most powerful weapons in the universe and it can’t construct boots?

    The overall design still needs to be seen in action. At the moment, I’m not very impressed with the design. It doesn’t pull off one of the key GL Corps components. I don’t think it looks enough like a military uniform. It actually needs the clearly defined colors to work for me. Even as an energy construct there is no reason for it not to be crisper in the design.

  8. One thing this outfit does is give a sense of the otherworldly nature of the Green Lanterns. Some of the more exotic aliens come off a little silly wearing the GL costume in the comic book. This costume concept could remedy that.

  9. “Or nipples. Because if you’re not making babies, you don’t need to nurse anything now do you,” Jeff did you forget about George Cloony’s Batman?

  10. I dunno dblade (8). Admittedly, someone like Ch’p looks pretty silly wearing clothes (but then again, I think Ch’p looks silly anyway. I’m not going to get intimidated by something that looks like a chipmunk). And in regards to some of the more exotic species in the corps like those of Chaselon or Larvox, then, yeah, a uniform doesn’t work to some degree, so this concept of an energy body makes much more sense.

    Still, I’m looking at a group shot of the Green Lantern Corps, and there really isn’t a lot of what I’d consider “uniform” there. The various outfits seem to conform to a basic idea and color scheme, but are tailored to the species body-type and cultural biases. And the less humanoid the species, the more it strays away from what would be considered a “Green Lantern Corps uniform.”

    Basically, I really like the comic book costume that Hal sports, and think it’s one of the strongest costume designs in comic history, and this picture looks like someone crapped all over it. That’s just my $0.02.

  11. I gotta agree with Myro, about Hal’s comics costume. Of all of the movie versions, I think the GL costume really could have looked great the way it was. Maybe the white gloves might have looked silly, but this whole CGI one is far worse. Since the costume is a construct of the ring, it’s design should only be limited by the imagination of the person who wears it. It could look like any fabric. Even if they did an actual costume, then added a little CGI flair, I think it would have come out better. I feel like DC went for the cheap route here, and it shows.

  12. Me, Myself & I

    Dan (11) the irony here is that this CGI costume rout they chose probably costed them a LOT more than a simple castume would have. Looks to me like there is more focus on trying to generate a WOW factor through special effects than to tell the story.

    On one hand I really like Green Lantern’s costume. On the other I can see the appeal to wanting it seem otherworldly due to the naure of the ring, etc. Wether its the best choice for costume or not I’m sure I’ll still see the movie. If the story is good, I’ll enjoy it regardless of the costumes or special effects.

  13. MMI (12) It’s possible. I know that on Phantom Menace, they deceided to go with an all CGI Jar Jar beacuse it was cheaper than doing him half CG, half costume. But that was 11 years ago, so I’m sure things have changed. I agree with your point on the good story too. I usually try not to judge the costume til I see it in action, but I’m really not feeling this one. We shall see.

  14. Warner Bros just released some stills, and they look pretty much the same as the one above. http://movies.cosmicbooknews.com/content/green-lantern-2011-movie-3-new-images

  15. Um, Hammerknight, you may want to look back at that movie. It wan’t just Batman. Every dude in that movie (including Bane) had nipples on the suit. I’m surprised Alfred didn’t have them on his vest or tuxedo.

    Kinda certain that since the costume is a projection from the ring, coming from the bearer’s imagination, Hal wouldn’t think to himself, “I think i’d look good in some craptastic body paint. You know, the kind that — along with awful body prosthetics — makes me look about as well-endowed as a Ken doll. Oh and a painted on mask and toe socks just for shits and giggles.”

    I mean, that sounds more like Guy Gardner than it does any of the other Lanterns.

  16. Every costume in B&R had nipples on it. Except, ironically, for Batgirl and Poison Ivy…

  17. No,No,No,No,No,No….and Hell No! Not digging this look for GL at all. Toes??? Seriously…Toes??? I am worried about this movie.

  18. Ryan Reynolds resembles Ben Stiller to me! Maybe this is for Mystery Men II!

  19. I agree with Jeff here; this looks unnervingly like a man who’s been skinned. And it’s a shame, because the GL costume has long been one of my favorites. It’s sleek, it’s elegant, and the green-black-and-white color sceme is unusual and striking.

  20. Yeah, the more I look at this, the more I hate it. From the mid-abdomen up it looks… okay. But from there down – what the hell? The leg elements just look goofy, and the toes. The toes. Really? Toes? It looks like he’s got one of those one-piece pajama things with the feet in ‘em on.

  21. I don’t know. I’m liking it the more I see it.

  22. dblade (21) Step back from the edge dude. You’re only lying to yourself. Search your inner geek, you know it to be awful.

  23. Naw. Still like it.

  24. I don’t know, The costume is cool, I just can’t get over Van Wilder as Hal Jordan. Though it would be funny if all the sudden back on Oa they put in a random kegger party! Sorry to all the GL nerds out there but someone had to go there!

  25. Van Wilder as GL isn’t any worse than Patrick Bateman as Batman… :)

  26. i liked the green lantern kyle rayner, his suit and character were cool. i dont know if this actor was the best choice for this character and the suit looks odd. i will still rent it.

  27. Bottom line: Both costume and actor don’t say “Hal Jordan.” I’ll still go see the movie. Trying to clear my reservations that it’s going to be all about special effects not the story.

  28. Wow. It’s a near perfect live action version of the comic suit and you people still bitch. You’re seriously flipping your lids over toes? That which you’ll probably never see anyway?

    Reminds me of when people lost their minds with the Snake Eyes mouth in G.I. Joe.

    [Sentence removed. I'll not have that kind of disrespect here. If you can't be mature, please go elsewhere. -- Jeff]

  29. If they want to put toes on him at least make his feet proportionate. What is he the female Chinese Green Lantern?!?!

  30. Has anyone seen Green Lantern yet? I’m looking forward to reviews from everyone.

  31. Dan, I’ve seen it. It was enjoyable but not great. Still not completely sold on Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, sometimes he managed to tap into the character from the comics and sometimes the direction was not very Hal at all. In some cases, even Guy Gardner-ish.
    Blake Lively is completely forgettable as Carol Ferris, which left any semblance of a love story coming off as flat. Peter Sarsgaard was a decent Hector Hammond, but I felt there could have been a better performance there. Can’t say much about any of the other supporting Earth characters.
    Oa and the other Lanterns, on the other hand, is another story. Oa looks pretty fantastical. I enjoyed the limited amount of time allotted to Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur, he did a good job with it. In my opinion, there wasn’t enough time given to Kilowog and Tomar-Re, but if you weren’t that familiar with the Green Lantern series, it would make you want to learn more about them. The Guardians weren’t given a lot of time, but I always felt they were a little distant in the comics, so I didn’t really care, Mark Strong did everything he could with the time allotted to Sinestro, which was awesome, but also part of the problem with this film. By the end of the film, you know that Sinestro will be the main villain in the sequel, should one arise, and it makes you feel unfulfilled, because Sinestro seemed a stronger character than Hammond did.
    In all, I suspect if you’re a Green Lantern fan, you’ve already seen this film, or I suspect you’ll plan on seeing this film with or without my recommendation. And while I did enjoy it, I’d still say it’s better left for video.

  32. Kaylin88100

    Waahh! I had I don’t know how many great characters saved on HM – and it just DELETED THEM ALL!!!!! HEEEEEEEELP!!!!

  33. @Myro, thanks! I honestly would take your recommendation, because I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’m going to spend $ to see it in the theater. I had no intentions of seeing First Class, until Jeff’s review changed my mind about it. I’m not a huge GL or DC fan, but I know the players, and kinda want to see it, but I’m not feeling the vibe it’s giving off. At the same time I don’t want to miss out if it’s actually worth watching. I really want to here everyone’s opinions.