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Green Lantern movie poster

Seven months ago I couldn’t contain my excitement when the first Green Lantern trailer was released. In two-and-a-half-minutes, the trailer gave audiences everywhere a taste of what to expect: there was your basic superhero origin story, casting was spot-on, and the visuals looked fantastic. I was literally antsy to see some of my favorite Green Lantern Corps characters brought to life on the big screen.

Starring a slew of talented (and somewhat lesser-known actors), and directed by Martin Campbell – credited for the rebirth of the James Bond franchise, I think a lot of people were hoping for the same magic that made Iron Man such a success. Both films featured a lead character that’s generally known for being a dick, both had casts that made fans go, “Wha-!?!” and both had iffy odds of being “blockbuster material.”  Unfortunately, with a meandering plotline that took the audience through some confusing and sometimes boring scenes, all I can say is that Green Lantern is just okay.

(Spoilers below.)

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It looks like audiences will have to choose between two comic book-based movies this summer.

Set to hit theaters in July is Cowboys & Aliens, a film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.

If the storyline is true to the book, audiences will see cowboys (Ford and Craig) set in the mid-19th century American West who fight the big bad alien invaders. While it may look like Men in Black, it’s said to be very serious,  having been described as “a tough-minded adventure on the order of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven—with aliens.”

If audiences are curious about the storyline, the source material is readily available in local bookstores or AmazonCowboys & Aliens is based on the graphic novel of the same name, created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, with pencils by Luciano Lima.

This summer, The Green Lantern will be shown to audiences across the planet.

Like Iron Man before it, the Green Lantern is considered to be a lesser known comic book hero. And continuing with the Iron Man similarities, Warner Bros. is hoping to see a big return and possible franchise opportunities following the release of The Green Lantern in June 2011.

To those who are unfamiliar with the storyline, think of Green Lantern as a mix between Top Gun, Captain Planet and Star Wars.

In the comics, Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds in the movie) is a womanizing and arrogant pilot who is chosen to become a Green Lantern – or a space cop. A Green Lantern is equipped with a ‘power ring’ – one of the most powerful weapons in the universe that can only be used if one has great willpower and knows no fear.

Even though the movie is several months away, the trailer gives audiences a glimpse on what they can expect. The Green Lantern movie will certainly do a great job establishing the Green Lantern mythos and building upon major characters such as Kilowog, Sinestro, Carol Ferris, and Dr. Hector Hammond.

And despite the fact that Ryan Reynolds looks like he’s wearing green bacon, I am impressed by what I see so far. June can’t get here fast enough!

Comparison between comic and movie costumes.

Grounded is a 12-part series written by J. Michael Stracynski (JMS to those on the DL), with pencils by Eddy Barrows. The overall storyline essentially “grounds” the Man of Steel as he walks across America trying to reconnect with the people he’s sworn to protect. While this may sound like your typical comic book storyline, DC Comics decided to add a little extra to the mix.

Because the whole concept of Grounded is to make Superman more relatable to audiences, fans were allowed to chart the character’s journey across the states through an essay contest.

Superman #703, better known as “The Issue Where Superman Comes to Cincinnati”, hit stands October 13 surrounded by a lot of local hype, but was it worth it?

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Red movie poster featuring Willis, Parker, Freeman, Malkovich, Mirren

Red is the latest comic book series to make the jump to the silver screen. Originally penned by Warren Ellis with art by Cully Hamner, Red is about the exploits of a retired CIA operative who has becomes a target of the government.

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It’s been announced that this season – season 10 – will be Smallville’s last. Lots of people laugh at my love/hate relationship with this series, but it’s kind of a guilty pleasure for me. For nine seasons, I’ve watched it, and while I wouldn’t argue that it’s very good (it’s not), it is a entertaining.

Lazarus picks up immediately following last season’s finale as Clark falls to the street with a blue kryptonite dagger in his chest. Lois, now aware that Clark is the Blur, rushes to his side to save him.

While “teetering on the abyss between life and death,” Clark is confronted by Jor-El, who alludes to two impending threats: Darkseid – ruler of Apokolips, and the resurrection of Clark’s nemesis, Lex Luthor. He is then revived by Lois and super-speeds to Watchtower.

At Watchtower, Chloe is retracing Oliver’s last moments when Clark enters. He warns her of Lex and the two learn of an old Luthor venture called Cadmus Labs. While Clark leaves to find more information on the facility, Chloe takes a trip to the Hall of Justice where she uses Dr. Fate’s helmet to locate Oliver.

Meanwhile, Tess, who we last saw suffering from severe burns in a hospital, awakens in Cadmus Labs completely healed. She decides to snoop around the lab and finds numerous clones of Lex Luthor. All of these clones were deformed save for two; a child named Alexander, and a much older Evil Lex.

The three faces of Lex Luthor

Deciding there can only be one Lex Luthor, Evil Lex sets fire to the entire facility. When Clark arrives, Tess warns him of the clone and he rushes off to stop him*. But while Clark was saving Tess, Evil Lex set up a trial for Clark; he can either save Lois or he can rescue a group of innocent civilians.

Clark manages to save both Lois and the pedestrians. Believing he has become the hero he was meant to be, he is ready to “step into the light.” It’s then that he’s teleported to the Fortress where Jor-El lectures him about being arrogant and prideful. Clark is then told that Earth’s greatest threat isn’t Lex or Darkseid, but Clark himself!

Feeling disappointed, Clark starts to question himself. At that point he encounters his other dead father, Jonathan “Pa” Kent. In this meeting, Pa gives Clark a much needed pep-talk and encourages him to prove Jor-El wrong.

The episode closes with Chloe surrendering herself for Oliver’s freedom, Tess caring for young Alexander, Lois leaving for Africa, an appearance by Darkseid, and the famous Supersuit encased in ice.

While I really enjoyed the way Smallville used Cadmus Labs, I thought Jonathan Kent’s appearance was poorly executed. But I do applaud the show for trying to reunite the original cast.

Even if there was a lot to follow, Lazarus does a decent enough job setting up the rest of the season. I love the fact that each character was given their own storyline. I can also appreciate the subtle nods to the comics that end up making this a really fun show to end the week with.

tl;dr: Smallville’s like a comic book version soap opera – even though it’s been on forever, it’s really easy to pick up. I’d describe it as televised junkfood.

*Evil Lex’s body is flawed and he dies.

With AMC’s adaption of horror-survival comic The Walking Dead just a month away, audiences are finally getting glimpses of the series.

At this year’s New York Comic-Con, AMC will premiere its first scenes of The Walking Dead followed by a discussion panel featuring the cast and crew as well as the comic’s creator, Robert Kirkman.

Until then, we can sink our teeth into this fan-made intro for the show. This short video was created by Daniel Kanemoto as a tribute to a comic series he feels passionately about. Kanemoto is most notably known for Letters From The Western Front and his work on the Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon and MTV.

Walking Dead Intro

The first episode of The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC on Halloween at 10PM EST.