With this ring, I vow to kick your ass.
There's an interesting conceit at the core of Green Lantern, the otherwise overstuffed and clumsy superhero outing starring DC Comics' ring-wielding interstellar cop. Instead of pitting Hall Jordan and his emerald knight alter ego (played by Ryan Reynolds, in his third comic book-inspired outing after Blade: Trinity and X-Men Origins: Wolverine) against a bad guy bent on world domination, the screenwriters -- a four-man team that includes TV veteran Greg Berlanti and comic book scribe Marc Guggenheim -- make his primary enemy his own fear and self-doubt. Okay, so technically the film does feature a bad guy bent on world domination, an enormous yellow space cloud named Parallax that's floating towards Earth with plans to feast on the terror of the entire populace. But thematically, Parallax is just a giant, gaseous manifestation of Hal's shaky confidence in himself and his ability to be the hero his world requires. When he stares into the cloud's vaguely demonic face, he doesn't just see a villain that needs defeating -- he sees his own inadequacies reflected back at him.
In the abridged Green Lantern footage released on the Internet following Wondercon, superhero fanboys got plenty to look at from the upcoming movie: The Parallax entity, the reciting of the Lantern oath, the thousands of aliens who make up the Corps -- and we also got a quick explanation of why Hal Jordan wears a mask while other Lanterns don't, and why it comes and goes. Apparently, it manifests itself when Hal needs to hide his identity, and while we aren't sure an explanation was necessary, the fact that there is a set rule behind it raises some questions. To wit:
The superhero Green Lantern was original created way back in 1940, while a 1959 update cast Hal Jordan as the lone human representative of the galaxy-spanning Green Lantern Corps. Made up of a physically diverse group of aliens, the Corps acts as a sort of interplanetary police force, with a pair of partner Lanterns assigned to each sector of space. And while I've been reading the comics for years, it's only with the onslaught of footage from the upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie that I've started to realize how much another movie borrowed from them 25 years ago.
The full trailer for DC Comics' next big movie, Green Lantern, is out, and the fan reaction has been mixed, to say the least. Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who gets drafted into an interplanetary police force of aliens who all wear skintight green suits and wield energy rings run on willpower. And while some are calling it a pleasant change from somber superhero fare, others are calling it an abomination, given what we know about the 50-year-old character. As a fan of Ryan Reynolds and a longtime reader of DC Comics, I thought I'd add my two cents to the mix.
I come bearing some comic book movie news for Moviefile readers. Back in August, I wrote about the slightly disturbing possibility of a fun-n-bouncy X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Back then, the whispers on the wind were saying that Fox CEO Tim Rothman went so far as to have one of the dark, moody sets repainted to be something altogether brighter. If these rumors were giving you unwanted visions of a cheery Logan, an interview at Coming Soon with producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that the movie is actually "darker and sadder and it's kick-ass."
People are still reeling from the bomb that went off last week when Will Smith was rumored to have been offered the role of Captain America, but this weekend a nearly-as-spectacular rumor dropped about one of Cap's teammates on the Avengers. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker was seen leaving the Marvel Studios offices, and in her hands she displayed an array of Avengers comics. Now, there's some debate over what characters appear in the issues she's holding, but most people assume that she's in talks for a role in the 2011 movie, and that role would most likely be the size-changing Wasp.
A lot can happen in two years. By summer 2010, the U.S. will be about eighteen months into a new presidential term. Sixty generations of overcrowded laboratory fruit flies will have come and gone. An elephant who gets knocked up today will be taking her baby on its first migration. Two years is a long time, in other words, but Sony Pictures is planning way ahead by revealing its Green Hornet website, complete with a brand new, shiny green logo. (Hilariously, the new website reminds us that "This film is not yet rated." No! Really? "This film is not yet in existence," is more like it.) Why now? Why so early? Maybe Sony doesn't realize it could shoot itself in the foot with two solid years of pre-release hype. Maybe Sony is trying to get the movie-going public used to the idea of its unconventional action movie star. Or maybe an intern just had some free time on his hands and wanted to play around with Photoshop.