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Monday, October 25, 2010

Lovin' the Lantern

I just saw this article about the Green Lantern movie that is currently in production. It's sounding like a pretty nifty production:

See, here’s the the thing – I can’t tell you how Green Lantern will be as a movie, but after visiting the New Orleans set of the film I can tell you that director Martin Campbell and company are working to make the biggest, most epic, most sweeping, most cosmic superhero film yet. Forget Hal Jordan versus muggers in an alley, Green Lantern is really about Hal Jordan battling to save not himself, not his girlfriend, not even just his city but the entire planet Earth. Green Lantern is a huge movie, with set pieces that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. I can’t spoil where the final battle takes place, but it’s an INSANE location – it certainly isn’t your standard issue end-of-the-movie warehouse, bridge or warehouse-like supervillain lair.

And it’s not just Hal Jordan. Green Lantern will feature the entire Green Lantern Corps; while visiting I saw life-sized cardboard cut outs of Tomar-Re and Kilowogg, the alien GLs who help train Hal Jordan. I saw mock ups of Oa, the planet at the center of the galaxy where the Guardians of the Universe oversee the galactic police force that is the Corps. And I saw much, much more – stuff that will make not just GL fans but hardcore space fantasy nerds salivate with excitment. I’m talking massive planetary and space vistas, incredible alien life forms and crazy space ship designs.

Yeah, this better not suck. I'd hate for something to sound so completely made for me and turn out to be a turd in the punchbowl. I am pleased to learn that Martin Campbell is directing; he is very good at directing action sequences that are highly kinetic and yet easily followed by the viewer. I'm looking forward to this.

(If you click through the article, make sure to click all the way through to the large versions of the two pieces of concept art they have posted. The Lantern cemetery is a beautiful, haunting space-opera type of image.)


Kal said...

I have always been a huge fan of Green Lantern and I am happy to see that the filmmakers have taken a 'cosmic' approach to this story. With the effects they can do today I want to be amazed by the visuals while rooting for a very human hero who faces challenges without fear. I am giggly with anticipation.

Roger Owen Green said...

hey, it's green. how bad can it be?

Call me Paul said...

I'm not that familiar with the Green Lantern character. He wasn't one of the ones I chose when I was buying comics way back when.