Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Green Lantern: Next summer's box office battle

"My Poor Ward" Green Lantern vol. 2,...Image via Wikipedia
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?

Green Lantern versus AliensImage via Wikipedia
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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