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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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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.