Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Green Lantern: Next summer's box office battle

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If you asked me who would win in a fight, Marvel Comics’ Thor or DC ComicsGreen Lantern, I’d have to go with the god of thunder. A hammer versus a ring? No contest!

The “Green Lantern” trailer, however, has left me with serious doubts. Warner Brothers gave us “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” sure, but they also gave us the overwhelmingly underwhelming “Superman Returns.” The trailer looks like they have kept the story fairly close to its comic origins, but Ryan Reynolds doesn’t seem to be playing the role of Hal Jordan. Instead, he’s doing what he does in just about every other movie he’s in – playing himself.

This movie shouldn’t be DC’s answer to “Iron Man” – it should be its own unique property.

Another issue I have is with the special effects. While even early shots of “Thor” looked polished and ready for theaters, much of “Green Lantern” still appears unfinished even after the official release of the trailer.

The homeworld of the Green Lantern Corps looks impressive, and the supporting characters seem pretty spot-on, but in an unusually unnecessary move, the studio chose to use CGI to animate Reynolds’ costume. It’s clear in almost every scene shown that his entire body simply isn’t there; how a new body was cheaper or looked better than just donning tights I’ll never understand.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Green Lantern: Your take on Green Lantern Movie's CGI costume?

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Most of Warner Bros.’ decisions, so far, have all been the right ones as they attempt to bring a second-tier DC character to the big screen – hiring Martin Campbell (Casino Royal) to direct, bringing Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money), Michael Goldenberg (Contact) and Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone) onboard to write the screenplay, securing the musical talents of composer James Howard (The Dark Knight) and casting fanboy favorite Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as Green Lantern himself.

However, the filmmakers’ decision to ditch the standard latex/leather/spandex combination for Green Lantern’s superhero costume in favor of a more modern, completely CG costume remains the most questionable choice they’ve made to date.

The first picture of Reynold as Green Lantern which debuted on the cover of Entertainment Weekly looked pretty good even if the “alien grooved” concept wasn’t warmly received right away – but from there it has mostly been a downhill slide. The transformation scene at the end of the first trailer (see the picture at top) was almost laughable because of the cheap looking CGI and off-putting tone of the color scheme. These latest pictures aren’t helping the situation either.

Nothing really seems to have changed in this latest round of stills – the color scheme is still off, the suit still looks too fake, the hands, arms and feet look ridiculous and then there’s the awful mask. Even if the CG animators are able to fix the colors and add more realism to the suit, if they aren’t able to make Green Lantern’s mask look like it actually belongs on Reynolds’s face then the entire suit concept is sunk.


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Green Lantern: Why Green Lantern Movie Looks Familiar?

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The trailer for next summer's Green Lantern movie hit the Internet in the face earlier this week, like a giant green fist. In addition to being yet another movie to feature gratuitous shots of Ryan Reynolds' abs, like [Every Movie Ryan Reynolds Has Ever Done], the Green Lantern movie distinguishes itself in another way. For the first time ever, I can't tell if I'm watching a trailer or a combination of clips from every other superhero movie ever shot. Either this is the work of a very clever editor, or there isn't a single original moment in the entire trailer.

Has it happened? Have we exhausted the genre? Is it time to stop making superhero movies? Let's take a closer look at the Green Lantern trailer and its similarities to every other superhero movie.

#6. Origin Story (See Iron Man)

#5. Superpowers (See Superman: The Movie)

#4. With Great Power Comes I Can't Believe We're Using This Character Arc Again (See Plenty of Superhero Movies, or Even Superhero Movie Probably)

#3. Recycled Female Lead (See Iron Man 1 and 2)

#2. Villains We've Already Seen (See Iron Man 2, X2)

#1. Additional Unapologetic Similarities


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green Lantern: What Green Lantern Movie could have been?

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"The ring, it chose you," Ryan Reynolds is told in the new "Green Lantern" trailer.

That is true. People's Sexiest Man Alive, Reynolds did finally land the role of Hal Jordan in the DC Comics adaptation. But the path that led to his casting was a circuitous one. Did you know Jack Black was once considered for the part? That the flick was once set to shoot in Australia? That Quentin Tarantino was actually offered the director's job? Oh, what could have been ...

Kevin Smith, for example, was once approached to helm a Green Lantern movie. Clearly, that would have been a more comedic take on the property. As would the installment that Black was eyeing.

"It would have been a comedy, and I don't know, maybe they didn't want to go that way with the character," Black told MTV News back in 2007. "You don't see a lot of the superheroes as comedies. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man — they're all pretty straight-up. I was going to be capturing bad guys with green, giant prophylactics. Some funny stuff."

As part of a potential Justice League film, the character was rumored to have been offered to everyone from Common to T.I. to Tyrese Gibson. And for a solo flick, "Everwood" creator Greg Berlanti was once tapped to direct, while "Watchmen" helmer Zack Snyder and Tarantino were approached for the gig.


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Green Lantern: First Green Lantern Movie Footage - Your Take?

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It’s early footage that will undoubtedly get polished prior to the movie’s June 2011 release — and there’s still time for them to kill Ryan Reynolds‘ ridiculous “I know, right?” line when he shows off his CGI superhero suit — but it’s a long way from the dark tone of The Dark Knight, the most successful DC Comics movie ever. It’s also not what you might expect from a production Badass Digest called the “biggest, most epic, most sweeping, most cosmic superhero film yet.”

Still, the lightweight first look isn’t too surprising, since director Martin Campbell is on the record saying the movie will be closer to Iron Man than Batman Begins. “The tone is light,” Campbell told MTV News. “It has a lot of humor, but I think the relationships between all the characters are very real. We try to keep the action very real.” At least Kilowog looks undeniably cool.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds Says 'Deadpool' Movie Is 'Coming Along

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Earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds expressed some uncertainty that he'd be able to star in both "Deadpool" and "R.I.P.D.," two upcoming comic book movies in which he's attached to the lead role. With "Green Lantern" on the horizon and his new thriller "Buried" set to debut in a few weeks, the actor certainly has his work cut out for him — but does that mean we won't see him reprise his role as Marvel's mouthy mercenary?

"We'll see," said Reynolds when asked if the "Deadpool" movie was still in the works. "It's in development like the other films."

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Green Lantern: 'Green Lantern' Star Blake Lively Finds Strength In Carol Ferris

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When "Green Lantern" hits theaters next summer, don't hold your breath waiting for a damsel in distress to appear on the big screen. According to actress Blake Lively, her character of Carol Ferris is much more of a proactive heroine than the common superhero female lead.

"Playing women with strengths are the characters I'm most attracted to," Lively told MTV News while promoting her work in "The Town," director Ben Affleck's latest Boston-set crime thriller. "Being in a superhero movie opposite such amazing actors and an incredible director, and not just being a damsel in distress but a fighter pilot and [Hal's] boss at the company."

Indeed, Carol Ferris has quite a lot of strengths, including a capacity for great evil as the villainous Star Sapphire. But don't expect Lively to transform from Hal's love interest to his nemesis overnight.

"There are always winks and homages to certain things in the comics for the fans, but I don't think you'll know yet how evil she turns," she said. "Not yet."

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds Calls 'Green Lantern' Suit Like Filming 'Inside Alec Baldwin'

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With "Buried" and "Green Lantern" being two of the most talked about films of the year, it's not a big surprise that GQ decided to have star Ryan Reynolds be their October cover boy. The profile of the actor, who at many times it seems is universally loved for pretty much every step in his career, is an intriguing look at someone who is surprisingly guarded yet content with his life.

Despite the fact that Ryan opens up to GQ, there is an unmistakable air of restraint with everything he shares. This is most obvious in regards to his relationship with wife Scarlett Johannson, which Ryan says "hasn't been some covert operation," but he still chooses "to remain as private as possible without being secretive."

The time when Ryan opens up the most is when he talks about his experience on the set of "Green Lantern," and his well-loved sly humor sneaks into the conversation when talking about the motion-capture suit he was forced to wear throughout the majority of the shoot.

"It's made of actual woven misery," he says. "Whatever material they've used, they've managed to make it the most heat-conducting substance known to man. I literally begged them to just put me in a non-breathable rubber unitard... It was like shooting an entire movie inside Alec Baldwin."

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Green Lantern: Blake Lively Calls Her Early Acting Performances 'Terrible'

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You'd think that as the star of a hit television show, Blake Lively would crave the spotlight just as much as any Tinseltown darling. But you'd be wrong. In fact, according to the October issue of Allure , the "Gossip Girl" actress is "The Anti- Starlet."

Blake insists she doesn't want to be famous. "Yeah, I don't comment on my relationships, so you can skin that one," she said. "My anonymity is something I treasure. Wanting to be an actor and wanting to be famous are different." Well, she is certainly heading in the direction of respected actress with Friday's release of "The Town." She stars opposite Ben Affleck, in a small but pivotal role. "This part was originally supposed to be for a 37-year-old woman—she’s a mother—but when I read the script, I knew I had to have the part," Blake said. "It was selfish of me. I worried I would ruin it for other people. But I had to try it."

And try she did. But in the beginning, she was insecure about her acting abilities. "You make your mistakes on a bigger screen for everyone to see," she said. "I’d look at what we shot on a day and it was like, 'Oh, gosh, I'm terrible.'" Blake's had years to hone her craft, and casting directors are taking notice. The 23-year-old will next star in the highly-anticipated "Green Lantern alongside Ryan Reynolds and Peter Sarsgaard.

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Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds Talks 'Green Lantern,' But Who's The Mystery Alien?

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"Green Lantern" star Ryan Reynolds is a magazine cover boy yet again — which is appropriate at a time when the actor’s charms are being utilized for critically praised and/or huge-profile projects as opposed to the under-the-radar comedy and horror films that formed the foundation of his early career.

One of those high-profile projects is of course, “Green Lantern,” which Reynolds just happened to be in the midst of filming when GQ visited the set for a profile of the actor. Describing Reynolds in the midst of a scene, the magazine may have revealed an alien guardian we could see at a vital point in the film.

The report also paints a picture of what Reynolds may be doing in that horrible suit — and the mysterious Lantern who joins him in the film.

“This afternoon a newly empowered Green Lantern meets two aliens who will train him in his new powers and role," reported the magazine. "Everything is shot against a blue screen with orange letters dotted over it. One of the aliens is played by a man on stilts. Reynolds cowers on the ground in his gray dotted one-piece as the man on stilts leers toward him.”

Who could it be? As the foremost trainer of new Lantern recruits, Kilowog could require a motion actor to simulate his towering size by standing on stilts. Or are the stilts meant to imitate something more stilt-like — possibly the long lanky appendages of Corps member Salaak?

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Green Lantern: Flash Movie and Green Lantern 2

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Something that got lost in all the post-Big Big Live Show shuffle last week (which is understandable, given how crazy that event-to-end-all-events was) was a little tidbit from comic & screen writer Marc Guggenheim about the second GREEN LANTERN movie and FLASH movie. According to Joblo (by way of Newsarama) Guggenheim and his co-writers, the Greg Berlanti/Michael Green duo, have just turned in their treatment for FLASH and, without skipping a step, they’re already talking about what to do for GREEN LANTERN 2. This is fulfilling the scoop we got back in July when the trio was announced for this gig. Guggenheim stressed, however, that the writing of the FLASH screenplay is still a ways off, presumably depending on the WB’s approval.

Is it too early to be talking about a second GREEN LANTERN movie when the first hasn’t even come out yet? These things are really easy to do sequels to, and I still say that it’d make a lot of sense to fit Johns’ new cosmology into this trilogy with movie #2 concerning the SINESTRO CORPS WAR and movie #3 dealing with BLACKEST NIGHT. Also, a question for you maniacs... 

Christopher Nolan thinks DC characters work best in their own self-contained spheres, but would you like to see GL and Flash exist in the same movie continuity in a manner similar to what Marvel’s been doing?

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Green Lantern: Green Lantern history as narrated on YouTube

Narration of DC Green Lantern's history on YouTube.  Gives you a nice history of Green Lantern in less than 10 minutes!!

Green Lantern: Newsrama review on Green Lantern #28

Review of DC Green Lantern #28 starts at 2:30 mark and ends on 5:00 mark.

Comics: Powers #28, Green Lantern #28, Dark Tower

Green Lantern: Green Lantern in MTV news

DC Green Lantern movie related news from 3:01 to 3:15 of the MTV news.

Green Lantern: Fan created trailer of Green Lantern movie

Another fan created Green Lantern movie trailer.  Looks pretty real.

Green Lantern: Fan created teaser of Green Lantern movie starring Nathan Fillion

Seems like another fan created trailer of DC Green Lantern movie starring Nathan Fillion.  Looks nice.

Green Lantern: Salaak profile

Green Lantern of Space Sector 1418; re-assigned to Sector 0; Protocol Officer and Keeper of the Book of Oa

Green Lantern
Status: Active:  The Clarissi and Keeper of the Book of Oa
Space Sector: formerly sector 1418; now assigned to Sector 0
Sector Partner:  Unknown
Homeworld:  Slyggia
Predecessor:  Unknown
Successor:  Unknown


Salaak is a pessimist and a loner, governed by protocol and laws. A veteran Green Lantern who has gone on many campaigns for the Green Lantern Corps. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he protected multiple sectors but found the experience depressing and went to Earth looking for company amongst his fellow Green Lanterns. He served with a contingent of Green Lanterns where he became good friends with Ch'p of H'lven. For a time, Salaak lived in the future filling the identity of Pol Manning as Hal Jordan had before him, married to a human woman, but returned to the present day to warn about the destruction of the Corps. He was too late for the execution of Sinestro. With the destruction of the Central Power Battery on Oa, his power ring became unusable. He requested transport to H'lven where he was reunited with Ch'p. Salaak served briefly as Ch'p's adviser and friend until the two journeyed to Oa to ask for reinstatement into the Corps. After the reconstruction of the Corps, he lived on Oa but was captured by slavers after the fear entity, Parallax, used Hal Jordan to destroy the Guardians Of The Universe. He was freed by Guy Gardner and was on Earth for a memorial for Jordan. With the second reformation of the Corps, he was selected to be the Guardians' protocol officer and the Keeper of the Book of Oa.

Green Lantern: Abin Sur profile

Honored Fallen Lantern of Space Sector 2814; predecessor of Hal Jordan


Status: Deceased
Space Sector: 2814
Sector Partner: Service pre-dates sector partners
Homeworld: Ungara
Predecessor: Stakaor
Successor: Hal Jordan


Before he became a Green Lantern, Abin Sur was a history teacher on the planet Ungara. His ring was passed to him by the Green Lantern Starkoar sometime around the earth year 1860.

Starkoar was dying after having battled the genocidal warrior Traitor. His ring took Starkoar to the nearest inhabited world, Ungara, where the ring recognized Abin Sur as a being capable of overcoming great fear.

Starkoar fought the monster Traitor to the death to protect Ungara from destruction
As protector of Space Sector 2814, Abin Sur traveled to Earth several times in his lifetime, including visiting the American old West, where he met an ancestor of Hal Jordan. He once met Alan Scott, and after losing his own ring, borrowed Scott's ring.

Abin Sur secretly protected an earth unaware of the Green Lantern Corps
Abin Sur was a widely respected Lantern amongst the Corps and was a close friend and ally to Tomar-Re and to Sinestro, the Green Lantern of Sector 1417. Years after Abin's death, Sinestro would confided to Hal Jordan that during his Lantern career he had regarded only Jordan and Abin Sur as his friends; seeing the other Lanterns he served with as merely "colleagues".

Abin Sur's life would forever be altered by a mission on the planet Ysmault. Eons earlier, before the elders of Oa ascended to become the Guardians of the Universe, the galaxy was still prevalent with the powers of magic.

Among the most horrific practitioners were the Empire of Tears, deathless demons of pure evil. The Oans decided that it was the time for technology and science to rule and sought to eradicate the evil of the Empire's magic from the universe.

Ysmault was the final battleground in their war. There, the Empire tortured those Oans who were not strong willed enough with visions of ghastly horrors.

The Oans prevailed in the battled however were unable to destroy their demon foes. The Oans chained down and crucified the demons on the surface of Ysmault and declared the planet permanently off limits to all.

Abin Sur becomes obsessed with the prophecy of "The Blackest Night"
Millennia passed until one day Abin Sur attempted to aid a badly damaged Ungaran starship that was sent careening to the surface of Ysmault. Ignoring the Guardians edict against traveling to Ysmault, the Green Lantern pursued the falling starship in an effort to save the lives of the many passengers on board.

Abin Sur located the damaged craft but was unable to locate its passengers. The entombed demons offered assistance to Abin, enticing him to free them. One of the demons, Quill of the Five Inversions, promised to give the answers to any three questions, free of charge.

After Quill answer Abin Sur's first question the Green Lantern located a young Ungaran girl, the only survivor of the crashed ship.

Although still skeptical Abin Sur was intrigued by the demon and returned to ask Quill a second question about his own fate. Abin was told that he would die when his ring failed him during a crucial moment and that his successor would eclipse him to become the greatest of all Green Lanterns.

Now annoyed by the demons obvious trickery, Abin Sur asked to know the fate of the Green Lantern Corps. The third question concerned the final battle of the Green Lantern Corps.

He was told a prophecy: "After untold millennia, t he Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, the Children of the White Lobe, and the Empire of Tears would rise united against the Green Lantern Corps".

A belief in the prophecy of "The Blackest Night" would lead to Abin Sur's doom
" Sodam Yat, a Daxamite hailed as the ultimate Green Lantern, would perish battling the lobe-spawn. The planet-form Green Lantern named Mogo would be the last to fall as Ranx the sentient city explodes a blink-bomb within his core".

Abin Sur laughed dismissively at the demons transparent attempts to rattle him and left the planet with the young girl, intent of wiping his mind of Quill's nonsense. The demons reportedly laughed for nineteen weeks after he left, convinced that they had broken the strong-willed Lantern.

Although he refused to admit it, the demon's warnings deeply troubled Abin Sur. He began charging his power ring excessively, trying to ensure that it did not fail him as Quill predicted. He also began using a spaceship rather then his ring for long space flights and missions.

Abin Sur's death has been reported in conflicting accounts. It had been widely reported that Abin Sur died after crashing his ship on Earth. Some contend that he fell victim to the being known as LEGION who mortally wounded Sur while hunting Green Lanterns. Abin Sur crashed on Earth, and his ring sought out Hal Jordan as the best replacement.

Later accounts have attributed the demon of Ysmault, Atrocitus, to Abin Sur's death. Now obsessed with the prophecy spoken by the Empire of Tears, Abin Sur was determined to find out everything he could about "the Blackest Night".

Abin Sur feels fear
He freed Atrocitus from Ysmault and took the demon with him to Earth, convinced he would be able to force Atrocitus to help him find the clues he was looking for. Abin Sur confided his plan to Sinestro and made his friend swear he would investigate this prophecy further in the event of Abin's death.

While in custody, Atrocitus taunted Abin Sur that he was acting out of fear. As Atrocitus struggled against his bonds he informed the Lantern that his fear was overtaking him and that fear was infecting and weakening his constructs.

With a final effort, Atrocitus broke free of Abin Sur's ring willed prison and mortally slashed the Lantern with his claws. Remarking on the irony of Abin Sur failing his ring, rather than the opposite of Quill's prediction, Atrocitus threw himself out of the rapidly descending starship to the Earth below.

Seriously wounded, Abin Sur directed his craft away from Coast City and crashed in the desert. Abin Sur knew he was dying and instructed his ring to find a suitable replacement. The ring found Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner and selected Jordan, the closer candidate.

With a final smile upon meeting his replacement, Abin Sur succumbed to his injuries and died. As he passed, he remarked to Sinestro that he thought he would never see the day a human was selected to join the Corps.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Green Lantern: Anti-Monitor profile

The Anti-Monitor is believed to be The Monitor's counterpart from The Antimatter Universe. He is responsible for the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was the sole Guardian of The Sinestro Corps and has now, against his will, become the source of The Black Lantern Corps Central Power Battery.


The Crisis
At the same moment that the universe was born, the antimatter universe was also created. Billions of years later, the being known as the Anti-Monitor began taking power.  

He conquered the weaponers of Qward, and from them he learned there was a different universe, a positive matter universe, and he wanted control of it, too.
Little is known about the Anti-Monitor's life before The Crisis began. He is believed to be the The Monitor of the Antimatter Universe, the Anti-Monitor was responsible for the original Crisis on Infinite Earths.

After a cosmic accident tore a hole between the positive and antimatter universe, antimatter began flooding the universe, resulting in the interdimensional "crisis."

It took Earth's greatest heroes to stop the Anti-Monitor, but in the end it was the sacrifices made by the Superman of Earth-Two, Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor of Earth-Three that resulted in his death.

When the 52 universes that form the Multiverse were reborn following the Second Crisis, the Anti-Monitor was as well, and he became the Sinestro Corps' sole Guardian and recruited Superboy-Prime, Cyborg-Superman and Parallax to become his Heralds alongside Sinestro.

Superboy-Prime's Revenge
He promised Hank Henshaw that if he served him, he would end his life. Henshaw, who was grateful for this, built a new War World which the Sinestro Corps could use to transport the Anti-Monitor and their Central Power Battery to Earth.

When he descended upon Coast City, Sodam Yat foolishly rushed into battle against The Anti-Monitor and was swatted away as if he were nothing more than a bothersome insect.

The Anti-Monitor was later seen watching Superboy-Prime engage Sodam (who had just become Ion a few moments earlier) in a vicious fight that would leave Sodam on the verge of death.

During the final battle, the Guardians of the Universe fought the Anti-Monitor at the heart of Coast City. Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart made a plan to take down the Anti-Monitor.

They caught him off-guard and managed to toss War World onto his head, causing a giant, but contained, explosion powerful enough to wreck his armor, kill Henshaw and shave The Sinestro Corps' numbers down by a couple hundred members.

The Anti-Monitor survived the blast but was then hurled into space by Superboy-Prime, who wanted revenge for the Anti-Monitor destroying Earth-Prime.

The Anti-Monitor ended up the dead world of Ryut at the edge of Sector 666 where he was taken hostage by Nekron and imprisoned within The Black Lantern Central Power Battery, which is where he has remained ever since.

Recently, Dawn Granger used the powers she had recently gained from her connection to The Entity that embodies The White Fire of Creation on The Black Lantern Central Power Battery to see if her powers would have the same destructive effects on it as it does on the Black Lanterns empowered by it.

 A Slave No More
But in doing so Dawn awakened The Anti-Monitor, who had apparently grown back to full size during his time trapped inside the Central Power Battery, and was hit by a powerful surge of anti-matter feedback energy born from his awakening.

While Cyborg was tending to a visibly shocked Dawn, The Anti-Monitor demanded that Nekron set him free and began to claw his way out of the Central Power Battery by warping the dark matter composition of the Battery into a malleable form that would allow him to construct a new suit of armor for himself.

After a quick confrontation with Black Lantern Ice, Guy Gardner found that The Black Lantern Central Power Battery was rupturing open, allowing The Anti-Monitor to begin squeezing his way out.

Knowing that The Anti-Monitor would annihilate everything once he was truly free of Nekron's control, Gardner called for back-up and ordered The Anti-Monitor's extermination, seeing as actually killing him would rob Nekron and The Black Lantern Corps of their ultimate power source.

However, because The Anti-Monitor had yet to become a full Black Lantern, the standard method for killing Black Lanterns was ineffective.

Munk, of The Indigo Tribe, was able to come up with a plan after seeing the effect Dawn Granger's powers had upon Black Lanterns.

His idea was that Gardner would create a distraction by having several Red Lanterns spew their liquid fire upon his eyes while Bedovian of The Sinestro Corps would form a bullet around Dawn and place her into a giant sniping rifle construct.

And upon firing said bullet, all of the Lanterns present would douse the bullet with their light and by doing so would effectively take out The Anti-Monitor for good.

The plan worked and The Anti-Monitor's head was blown apart, his body went into convulsions and eventually slumped down into a lifeless position.

For the first time since the original Crisis, The Anti-Monitor had not only been defeated but killed in the process as well.

But the victory was a bittersweet one, the Lanterns had failed to pull The Anti-Monitor out of The Central Power Battery all of the way before killing him.

Because of this, The Black Lantern Central Power Battery was still capable of using the corpse as an efficient power source for Nekron and The Black Lantern Corps.

Upon realizing the nature of the situation, Gardner and the other Lanterns wrapped a number of tethers around the gargantuan corpse, hoping that they could pull it out of the Battery before it swallowed The Anti-Monitor back up again.

Unfortunately, the Central Power Battery stopped the Lanterns before they could pull The Anti-Monitor's corpse all of the way out by cutting their tethers of light with a dark matter construct shaped like a scythe.

Defeated, the weary Lanterns looked on as The Central Power Battery pulled The Anti-Monitor's corpse back into the cage Nekron had built for him.

 A Slave No More: Redux
Later, during the final fight against Nekron, The Entity brought The Anti-Monitor back to life and freed him from The Black Lantern Central Power Battery.

Upon being freed, he lashed out at Nekron and attempted to kill him only to end up being shunted back to The Antimatter Universe.

Recently, Deadman's White Lantern Ring teleported its wielder to Qward, uncloaked him and demanded that Deadman "FIGHT".

The meaning behind these words quickly became clear as Deadman found himself staring up at the ominous form of The Anti-Monitor, who appeared more than ready to crush Deadman like an insect.

Home Invasion
Upon seeing him, The Anti-Monitor demanded to know who Deadman was, but before he could answer constructs of those who became White Lanterns during Blackest Night erupted forth from The White Lantern Power Ring and sent The Anti-Monitor crashing into a mountainside.

While The Anti-Monitor was bouncing back from the hit, Deadman asked the ring if the twelve superheroes and villains who had been resurrected after Blackest Night had been brought back to stop The Anti-Monitor, to which the ring replied "NO."

When Deadman realized The Anti-Monitor was getting up, he attempted to use The White Lantern Ring's power to bring him down only to find that the ring would not fire.

The Anti-Monitor then blasted Deadman off the side of a cliff, making Deadman's situation worse as the ring had made it so he could no longer fly.

Taking out the Trash
When Deadman realized that the ring had sent him to fight The Anti-Monitor as a lesson in learning to stay alive, he promised that the ring that he would try.

Knowing his promise rang true, the ring sent Deadman back to The DC Universe, leaving The Anti-Monitor to contemplate exactly what had just happened.


The Anti-Monitor is one of the most formidable beings in the DC universe, having caused more deaths than any other villain the DC universe has encountered.  He has destroyed and absorbed thousands of positive matter universes. The Anti-Monitor has immense strength and durability.

He was able to shrug off blows from Superman and stalemate the Spectre. He was able to defeat hordes of superheroes.  He is able to alter reality, fire bolts of energy, time travel, and is more powerful than his counterpart, the Monitor. He can also absorb his own shadow demons to recharge himself. It took all of the Multiverse to destroy him.

Green Lantern: Hank Henshaw a.k.a. Cyborg Superman profile

With his organic parts genetically identical to Superman's, many believed that the Cyborg truly was the Last Son of Krypton restored to life after dying in a battle with Doomsday.


Hank Henshaw, a brilliant scientist at the time, and three of his friends were returning from space when they encountered a freak radiation storm. The radiation affected the machinery of the vessel and the shuttle crash landed somewhere far away from its intended target.

When the four explorers had freed themselves from the wreckage, Hank discovered that his friends Steve and Jim had been horribly transformed. Steve had become living radiation and Jim's body had been destroyed and reformed out of debris from the ship and the surrounding area. Hank's wife Terri seemed to be fine, but Hank himself could feel radiation sickness beginning to eat away at him.

The group went to Metropolis in search of a LexCorp facility that they could use to fix their mutations but ran into Superman and were subsequently involved in a time consuming fight. Things were worked out but by then the radiation's affects on Hank had begun to show. His flesh was falling off his bones and he was obviously close to death.

Terri also started exhibiting symptoms, beginning to fade from existence. Hank tried his hardest to work on a cure for her but he was going fast. While he worked, Steve flew into the sun and Jim killed himself. Hank came up with a plan to fix Terri, but died before he could use it. Thankfully, Superman was still there and he was able to save Terri before she completely disappeared.

Some time later, Hank returned in a new form. When his physical body had died, his consciousness had been turned to energy and sent into the machine on which he had been working.

Somehow he had gained control over the machinery and was able to form it into a robotic body he could use as transport. His first thoughts once reconstituted were of his wife Terri who had been institutionalized after the traumatic events which he had witnessed.

Henshaw found Terri but after appearing as a robot and leaving suddenly when security came, Terri was left even more disturbed than before. When Henshaw heard how his visit had made Terri feel, he decided it would be best for him to leave Earth and continue his hunt for knowledge on his own.

Henshaw found his way to Superman's birthing matrix and made it his new body so he could travel space again, absorbing the knowledge of the universe in the process. Superman found him and tried to stop him, but Hank flew away.

Cyborg Superman's origin has been retold a number of times with slight changes each time (often showing Superman doing things he hadn't originally done), but usually with the Cyborg himself narrating.

Since Cyborg Superman is obviously insane and hates Superman, some things are clearly false, but with other changes, like the cause of the radiation storm and what happened with Terri, it's hard to tell if these re-tellings are just the result of a crazy man telling his story or official retcons. For that reason, any changes in the origin are in the following paragraph.

When the Cyborg met Mongul, it is revealed that for some reason Henshaw believes that Superman was responsible for his loss of humanity and that he had banished Hank from

Earth. When the Cyborg battled Blue Superman at the Source Wall, he explained that Superman had caused the deaths of his friends because he was jealous and afraid of their abilities. While attacking Earth as a part of the Sinestro Corps , the Cyborg said that Superman had indirectly caused the radiation storm when he threw Eradicator into the sun.

He also said that Terri had been near death when he went to see her as a machine and that he was trying to save her life but she jumped out of a window when she saw him and, as a result, Superman tried to kill him.

Reign of the Supermen

After wandering the Universe and eventually losing his sanity, Cyborg Superman would ultimately return to earth and after spending several weeks convincing the world of his legitimacy as the “real” Superman by saving the president from terrorists and throwing Doomsday into space (secretly implanting a device in him that would allow Hank to always know his location in the process).

After an Alien spacecraft (Commanded by the original Mongul who worked for Cyborg Superman and worshiped the very ground he walked upon) suddenly appeared over Coast City and was approached by the Eradicator to discover it’s intent, Hank would then commit an act that would have severe consequences on the DCU for decades afterward (such as Zero-Hour and it‘s consequences).

This act had been fueled by many psychotic motivations like his desire to remake Coast City into his image, to forever discredit Superman, and to erase the memory of his wife Terri who was from Coast City, Hank destroyed the Eradicator, Coast City, and all of it’s seven million inhabitants.

He would later attempt to do the same thing to Metropolis but a squad consisting of Superboy, Supergirl, Steel, a rebuilt Eradicator, and a reborn Superman would eventually arrive to stop him.

The battle would reach it’s climax as Hank, Superman, and the Eradicator fought in the reactor of the Hank’s remade Coast City or “Engine City”, the kryptonite radiation in the room where they fought was so fierce it was capable of killing non-Kryptonians, Hank would destroy the Eradicator once more.

But as his blast went through the him the Eradicator changed the radiation into yellow sunlight and directed it towards Superman giving him the power to at last defeat Henshaw and obliterate him.

Hank would later send his consciousness to the device he had placed on Doomsday long ago and after Doomsday at last landed on Apokolips Hank would remake himself using Apkoliptian technology, effortlessly assimilating the New God technology into his being.

With Doomsday at his side he layed waste to Apokolips’s defenses even using Doomsday to defeat Darkseid himself, but his plans of conquest were foiled by Superman who delayed Hank’s triumph long enough for Darkseid to recover and defeat him with the Omega Effect. Darkseid would ultimately undo Hank’s imprisonment within the effect after being angered by Superman and sent Hank to plague him once more.

Hank would later hunt down Superman at the behest of an intergalactic tribunal who mistakenly believed Superman guilty of destroying his home planet of Krypton.

After capturing Superman, Supergirl, Steel, Superboy and the Eradicator he would later be captured by alien tribunal himself after they learned of his many crimes and of Superman’s innocence, they ultimately decided to cast him into a black hole and after eventually escaping that he was attacked by Hal Jordan as Parallax.

Their battle would take them to the brink of the Source Wall, a wall made of fallen gods, containing unfathomable power, and serving as the barrier between the various 52 universes and the Bleed (the highly radioactive space between universes). Parallax would ultimately destroy the Cyborg’s body and disperse his consciousness into the wall.

Henshaw would survive however by commandeering a piece of the source wall itself and after a brief confrontation with Superman Blue he would eventually travel beyond the Wall and into The Bleed (eventually learning of 51 parallel universes that existed beyond his own) before eventually somehow making contact with the Manhunters and becoming their Grandmaster.


As a result of the cosmic radiation, Hank Henshaw underwent a rapid degeneration but at the moment of his death, his consciousness jumped into a nearby computer.

From that point on, his consciousness became tied to machines. He can posses machines and anything even remotely electronically mechanical and is able to control them completely with an ability he calls "technomorphing".

Unlike most technopaths, he doesn't just command them, he incorporates them into himself and any nearby technology becomes an extension of himself. He can take any machine and, once it's a part of him, he can transform it into anything his mind can imagine, and thanks to his time spent traveling across the universe, he can imagine a lot.

And, even before becoming a living energy signal, Hank Henshaw was a genius, so this only adds to what he can come up with. The Cyborg is not limited by the uses or parts in the original machine, which makes this ability all the more dangerous. Due to the fact that parts of the Cyborg are cloned from Superman's DNA, he has many of the Man of Steel's powers.

He has exhibited heat vision (and other kinds of vision), super strength, super speed, invulnerability, and flight. It is assumed that if he created biological lungs for himself he could duplicate Superman's freeze breath, but he has not done so at this time. As with machines though, Cyborg Superman can modify his Superman parts beyond their original limits and weaknesses.

He has already removed his Kryptonite weakness and his understanding of biology seems so complete that he can create more living Kryptonian parts from machinery. Cyborg Superman is also immortal, being able to live no matter what happens to his physical body.

Currently, Cyborg Superman possess several Green Lantern Rings and ten Qwardian, Sinestro Corps Power Rings. These weapons are not just for show either. He never used them much and usually relied on his Kryptonian powers, however when he did use them he appeared to be rather adept.

Other weapons at his disposal include Willhunters, nanites which he uses to enslave a person's mind and make them loyal to the Manhunters, as well as hundreds of Manhunter robots which he has upgraded and started mass producing and obey his every command.

Recently, he took control of The Alpha Lanterns just as he once did with The Manhunters and has been reproducing Alpha Lantern batteries in order to turn Lanterns that have been kidnapped by his new soldiers into Alpha Lanterns themselves.

Green Lantern: Superboy Prime profile

With a twisted sense of justice and morals, the Superboy-Prime blames the corrupted and ineffective heroes of post-Crisis Earth for his lost destiny as the "Universe's Greatest Protector": Superman.


Origin of Superboy-Prime

Retcon Punch
Superboy-Prime was raised on a parallel world dubbed Earth-Prime.  He was thought to be a normal child.  He was adopted by Jerry and Naomi Kent, who thought it would be amusing to name him Clark after the "comic book" character in their world.  It turned out he really was Kal-El and was teleported to Earth before the Krypton of his universe was swallowed by its sun, Rao.

The Superboy of Earth-Prime left his reality to join other heroes to protect reality itself from the  Anti-Monitor during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.  His reward, along with Alexander Luthor, Jr. of Earth-Three, Golden Age Superman, and Lois Lane of Earth-Two, was a chance to escape to an apparently heavenly pocket dimension before reality fixed itself after the Crisis.

Battle Of The Superboys

Never aging in the Paradise dimension, with a view of the world he can never be a part of (post-Crisis Earth), Superboy-Prime came to despise his situation.  He lost his childhood, and he can never grow up to be   Superman, his idol of Earth-Two.  His envy and anger boiled as he watched the world he had saved become darker.  

He believed its heroes were losing the fight for justice, and he was especially angered by Superboy,  Connor Kent, for taking his name and what he believed should be his life. Regretting his decision, he escaped with the help of Alexander Luthor, and the two set off the chain of events which brought about the Infinite Crisis, an attempt to recreate the world in their image. Having been exposed to yellow sunlight and reveling in his strength, he is the cause of many of the atrocities during the Infinite Crisis:

He destroyed the Watchtower on the moon and left the Martian Manhunter for dead.
He moved the planet  Rann into Thanagar's orbit, causing the two planets and their allies to go to war.
He almost beat Connor Kent to death in an attempt to regain his name, and killed a few  Titans before being trapped inside The Speed Force by the Flash family who then placed him under a Red Sun.
Upon his return four years later, he killed Conner Kent, as well as numerous Green Lanterns before being stopped by the Supermen of New Earth and Earth-Two. The Superman of Earth-Two was beaten to a pulp by Prime during the fight, however, and ended up dying in Power Girl's arms following Prime's defeat.

The Sinestro Corps

Herald of the Anti Monitor
Superboy-Prime was imprisoned by the Guardians of the Universe in the center of an artificial Red Sun Eater which was given to them by Donna Troy and was watched over by at least two dozen Green Lanterns at all times. This was commonly referred to as Prime Duty by The Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps and was a job hated by many due to the fact that, while in the process of keeping an eye on Superboy-Prime, they were not allowed to do anything else.

Superboy-Prime is released from his imprisonment by Sinestro and joins The Sinestro Corps.  He is a Herald of the Anti-Monitor, along with Cyborg Superman, Sinestro himself, and Parallax (with Kyle Rayner as its host).  He sports the uniform of the Sinestro Corps and a variant of the power suit he wore during Infinite Crisis and begins calling himself Superman-Prime.

As the  war against the Green Lantern Corps raged, Prime kept a post on the moon until The Sinestro Corps brought the fight to Earth.  After defiling the Memorial of Bart Allen, Prime re-waged his war against a number of spare heroes.  This time around, Prime tore off the other of Risk's arm's and may have killed Wildebeest before a faction of Team Superman joined the fight.  But even with their joined efforts, Prime managed to last until the sun rose and he was able to recharge. It was then that he ended up being challenged by the new Ion: Sodam Yat.

Prime ferociously battled Ion across the city.  They originally seemed to be evenly matched until the fight brought them to a nuclear powerplant.  The powerplant, made of lead, weakened Ion and Prime was able to impale him with a lead rod.  Ion managed to escape from the plant but Prime pursued mercilessly.  The fight continued into a cemetery.  Prime and Ion fought hard and long but Prime was too much for the young and inexperienced Green Lantern Corpsmen. Prime was able to beat Ion into submission. However, John Stewart and Guy Gardner arrived to save their comrade.

Superman-Prime vs. Ion
The battle in New York raged on as Prime battled the Green Lantern Corps and Earth's heroes.  After hearing the Anti-Monitor declaring victory, Prime turned on the Guardian of Fear and ripped him apart for destroying his homeworld.  Superman-Prime tossed the Anti-Monitor into space after achieving his ultimate goal of revenge. Prime then attacked the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps and slaughtered many of them.

The Guardians of the Universe attacked and began blasting Prime with energy. The Kryptonian managed to grab on to one of the Guardians but was shocked to see the Guardian self-destruct in his face, apparently killing Superman-Prime.  It was later revealed that Prime was trapped in the Multiverse looking much older and more powerful.


Superboy-Prime possessed just about the same powers as his counterpart Superman although they appear to be more powerful due to his insanity.  Superboy-Prime's power levels are reminiscent of the powerful Silver Age Superman, accomplishing such feats as overpowering two Supermen and defeating or killing many other DC heroes.  Superboy-Prime also wears a yellow sun powered suit of armor to further enhance his power.  His body is currently not energized with energy from a Guardian of The Universe, as he had used up his energy during his fight with Monarch.

He can fly at light-speed

Prime can hear anything, anywhere like the Silver Age Superman.

Healing Factor

Heat Vision
He can generate an intense beam of heat to melt things and it was powerful enough to shoot through and penetrate the chest of superman

He can fly into a sun unharmed like the Silver Age Superman.Able to survive a guardian of the universe exploding.When he was charged by Oan energy, he was able to withstand monarch's attacks.He can eat uranium without any discomfort and withstood Krypto's heat vision, Powergirl and Supergirl's attack.

Mental Powers
Prime has Silver Age Superman's powers to learn. He learned every Earth languages and 28 alien ones.

Super Breath
He can create hurricane, freeze foes or blow out stars.

Super Hypnotism
He has Silver Age Superman's hypnotic skills

Super Strength
He can move planets and take on two Supermans at one time.He was able to hurt Sodam Yat who had the power of Ion and tear off Aquaman's arm.

Super Speed
He can travel faster than the speed of light or fly faster to cross the timebarrier to travel back in time.

X-ray vision
He can see through things except for lead

Super Ventriloquism
Prime has Silver Age Superman's ventriloquism powers strong enough to speak to other contents.

Vision Powers
Prime has x-ray, microscope vision and telescope vision that was strong enough to see across universes.

Energy Absorbing
Prime like any Superman absorbs different forms of radiation and draws power from yellow sunlight however he loses yellow sunlight faster than Superman, but can absorb it back faster and reach full power sooner. He has also been able to absorb the energy from a Guardian of The Universe and used it to increase his age, but only temporally.

Prime's Armor

Prime's Original Armor
Prime has a suit of armor that absorbs and stores Yellow Sunlight just in case he has to fight at night or comes under attack from darkness-manipulating superheroes like Shadow Lass. The first incarnation of the armor, which was known only as "The Monitor Armor" was stolen from a museum that existed in a parallel universe which had somehow become trapped or replicated within The Speed Force.

But that first armor however was destroyed when the Supermen of New Earth and Earth-Two sent Prime flying into the Rao of New-Earth. The Sinestro Corps variant of the armor was designed by Prime, who was inspired to model it after The Anti-Monitor's Armor once he got a hold of the information that allowed him to see how his armor functioned. This version of the Armor was also destroyed during a battle with Earth's Heroes.

Sinestro Corps Armor
Shortly after his arrival in The 31st Century Prime got a hold of an exact and fully functional replica of his original armor that had been on a statue of him that was being sent into storage. The armor proved useful for a time but during Prime's fight with Superman and several L.O.S.H. members including two alternate versions of Cosmic Boy.

All of the armor save for the part covering his hips and the spandex uniform underneath were destroyed. Contrary to common belief, no version of this armor is capable of protecting Prime from the effects of Red Sunlight or powers that can reproduce the effects of Red Sunlight.

Time Trapper Powers
The immortal Time Trapper incarnation of Prime, who is much older than his modern day counterpart, has several abilities that his younger self does not. "Prime Trapper" has shown that he is not only capable of traveling through time without being seen but also manipulating it subtly as well. Prime also has displayed the ability to fire huge energy blasts and is somewhat well-versed in using psychic and psionic abilities. He can also cast an Astral Projection of himself into the minds of Future Seers such as The White Witch, is capable of manipulating his height at will and has the ability to control The Cockroaches that live with and on him at The End of Time.
Red Lantern Ring
Removing a red lantern ring causes death upon a user unless healed by a blue lantern ring. It is unknown if Prime truly wore a real red lantern ring during his temporary lantern empowerment while fighting various black lanterns. But if Prime truly wielded a real red lantern ring, his body was able to unwield the ring without suffering death.


For the first time ever... Prime is susceptible to Kryptonite Radiation Poisoning
Due to the fact Prime comes from another dimension the Kryptonite of New Earth has no effect on him. Also the reality-altering powers of 5th Dimension Imps does not seem to work on him. Originally, Prime was entirely resistant to Kryptonite because in his world Krypton was consumed by Rao, it's Sun, and thus Kryptonite never came to be in his reality making the weakness non-existent.

Recently however while in the "Threeboot" L.O.S.H.'s version of The 31st Century, he was actually poisoned with a large abundance of Kryptonite Radiation, the reason for this is unknown but it has been hinted that the "Threeboot" version of The 31st Century may actually be a reconstituted version of Earth-Prime.

Prior to this his only weakness was Red Sunlight like the other Supermen. Unlike the other Supermen however Prime is completely resistant to magic as shown when he said that it only tickled when Black Adam punched him multiple times with magic-enhanced strikes and also when the 31st Century version of Mordu the Mystical blasted him with a mystical attack.

Aside from those weaknesses Prime has many psychological phobias such as a fear of the dark due to the fact that it saps his cells of sunlight and an irrational fear of speedsters that has been deemed "Flash-Phobia", primarily because it was The Flash Family who imprisoned him in The Speed Force and then left him to rot under a Red Sun for approximately four years (Time in The Speed Force runs faster than on Earth.)

Prime is also afraid of being forgotten now that he has learned that in The 31st Century, everything he did during both Infinite Crisis and The Sinestro Corps War was incorrectly documented (i.e., Prime was supposedly defeated single-handedly by Kid Flash, Conner Kent and Sodam Yat during his fights with them) and that he has been considered only as having been minor annoyance to Superman whose place in History matters so little that his statue in the Hall of Villains at the Superman Museum was put in a closet and was about to be thrown into a real storage locker once the statue of the villain called Neutron had finished getting it's new paint job.