Fanboys know it by heart; “In brightest day, in blackest night/No evil shall escape my sight/Let those who worship evil’s might/Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light.” That is the oath that every Green Lantern since Hal Jordan has taken before assuming the mantle of the iconic DC superhero. With Warner Brother’s high-profile film adaptation coming out this summer, the pressure was on for the studio to deliver something big at this weekend’s WonderCon event and that is exactly what they accomplished.
After what was perceived as a cool, but ultimately underwhelming first trailer, DC fans were hoping for something sleeker to soon be revealed. In reaction, Warner Brothers not only pulled back the curtain on new footage at WonderCon, but in a move dripping of confidence, posted it online. Normally a studio only lets reporters and fans in attendance in on new scenes, but by including the entire Internet surfing public, they’ve really shown they believe in this movie.
Local fans were already registering their approval through Twitter and all social media sites within minutes of the footage being posted online. Embedded in the left hand side of this article, you can see exactly what has them so pumped up.
This is an origin story in the truest sense of the word and more importantly it is being handled with extreme detail. From new footage of Ryan Reynold’s Hal Jordan discovering the crashed spaceship of Abin Sur, to the actual “Green Lantern” device itself coming to life, everything looks to have been masterfully crafted.
The footage incidentally comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush had come on board as the voice of Jordan’s alien mentor Tomar-Re; today the timing of the revelation makes even more sense as Rush is prominently featured in the new four minute presentation.
While fanboys are notorious for nitpicking every little detail, many are also well aware of the pedigree of “Lantern” director Martin Campbell. Over his career, he has not only launched the successful “The Mask Of Zorro” films series with Antonio Banderas, but he also rebooted the James Bond franchise not once, but twice; once with Pierce Brosnan and once with reigning Bond star Daniel Craig. He has proven himself as a go-to for getting iconic film series back on track and he looks to have done it again here.
You can judge for yourself when “Green Lantern” opens in both New York and nationwide on June 16th.
What’s your take New York? Do you agree with your fellow comic book fans? Is this an impressive selection of footage for the popular super hero? Hit the comments and let us know.