Sunday, April 03, 2011
In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night...
There are at least four comic book-based super-hero movies coming out this Summer: Thor, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Green Lantern. While I'm not particularly interested in the X-Men prequel, I am looking forward to Thor and Captain America; they look pretty good.
The one I'm really eager to see, though, is Green Lantern.
I've always loved Green Lantern. The costume, the magic ring, the space opera elements -- especially the space opera elements -- the "Silver Age" Green Lantern is just such a cool character/concept. And while I was definitely enthused about the character getting a live-action feature film, I was initially a bit wary. But this new footage not only assuages my fears, but genuinely excites me. It's almost exactly what I think a Green Lantern movie should be. I think Ryan Reynolds brings just the right fighter pilot "Top Gun" cockiness to Hal Jordan, and I love the realization of Oa, the ring, and the major Green Lantern Corps characters like Abin Sur, Sinestro, Tomar Re and Kilowog. I was a bit skeptical about the design of the lantern power battery and the CGI-costume when I first saw the stills, but I love how they look on film. Lantern's uniform is supposed to bea construct of the ring, after all...
And... when Reynolds recited the Green Lantern oath... I don't mind telling you: I got misty, brother.
I think I'll actually have to go to the theater for this one, after all.