The Green Lantern
Green lantern movie set to hit cinemas on the 17th of June 2011. The movie tells the story of an irresponsible test pilot who is chosen to become a Green Lantern. Ryan Reynolds is starring in the movie and Blake Lively will be playing his long-term love interest Carol Ferris.
The first Green Lantern comic was released in July 1940. In this series the Green Lantern was Alan Scott. As most comic book fans will know comic books are split into different ages and this series was in the Golden Age. Due to lack of sales during the war the Green Lantern was cancelled, as were many other superhero comics. The Atom age came and went (this was generally romance and sci-fi comics, not many superheroes), then there was the Silver age, and this brought back many of the heroes we know today.
Even though the heroes were back, the characters weren’t. Hal Jordan was now the Green Lantern and his ring was less magical and more technical. The movie seems to be taking its inspiration from the Silver age Green Lantern.
To be honest the trailer didn’t exactly get me excited about this movie. I think the reason is because it’s very light. Hero movies these days tend to show the dark side of being a hero. In the comic book world the Silver age wasn’t very dark, that didn’t come until the Bronze age, so it’s not like the film is straying from the story. I’m going to put my judgements on hold until I’ve seen more, but I feel that the reason Dark Knight was so good was because it was taken seriously, which may not happen if there is too much humour and not enough heart.
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